“The Calm Before” contained more comic comparisons than almost any other episode this season. Whether you’re an avid comic reader or purely a show stan we’re here to bring you the best comic comparisons from Season 9 Episode 15.
The crux of this week’s episode centered around The Fair. We’ll discuss in detail some of the differences below, but it was mostly the same as Issue 144 of the comics. Some quick differences: in the comics, the Fair is held in Alexandria, not the Kingdom. Also, the communities hadn’t been feuding like they were in the show, so the charter was unique to the episode.
In the show, Alpha murders a cute Hilltop couple so she can scalp the woman and cosplay as her at the Fair. Once she makes it to Kingdom, Alpha checks out the booths, chats up Ezekiel, and eventually finds Lydia at the movie. She tries convincing her to come back with her but Lydia refuses. Feeling betrayed, Alpha disowns her and leaves.
In Issue 143 of the comics, Alpha also plays dress-up at the fair, but she goes straight bald because most people hadn’t seen her yet. She doesn’t talk to Ezekiel, but people were acting suspicious of this seemingly new person.
The Whisperer Flex
Alpha and her people ambush Daryl, Michonne, and Carol and warn them not to threaten her. As Alpha speaks she wipes blood off her knife, saying she ran into trouble on the road. She then points her shotgun at Daryl and escorts him to a cliff overlooking tens of thousands of walkers and Whisperers. She mocks his community for being a shrine to an old world and proclaims her group is right because they returned to nature.
This scene is almost identical to went down in Issues 143 and 144 of the comics. Alpha approaches our heroes with a bloody knife and says she ran into trouble. But since Daryl’s exclusive to the show, Alpha points a shotgun at Rick and takes him to see her horde of walkers and Whisperers at the top of a building, not a cliff. Weird flex, but ok. But other than the character and location swap, that whole my community is better than yours and don’t cross into our land stuff was spot on.
The Alpha/Lydia Confrontation
Since the movie is exclusive to the show, Alpha’s confrontation with Lydia happens in the woods. At this time in the story, Carl (not Henry) was still living with Lydia and the Whisperers in the woods. Rick comes to save him like Daryl did in the show and they decide to take Lydia along for the ride. Alpha isn’t happy but Lydia has made her choice. She gone.
You Saw Nothing
Next up is Alpha’s spontaneous murder of one of her own. In the show, Alpha breaks down in tears after disowning Lydia. When this poor Whisperer accidentally finds her showing emotion, Alpha has no choice but to stab him in the neck. In Issue 148 of the comics, a Whisperer also finds Alpha crying about Lydia, so she kills him. She then tells one of her own that she did it because they challenged her.
Heads On Pikes
On to the most brutal moment of the episode – the heads on pikes. In the show, Alpha kills TEN of our survivors by beheading them and putting their heads on spikes. Siddiq, who was kept alive to tell their story, shows Daryl, Carol, and Yumiko the Whisperer border – WHICH IS MARKED WITH THE HEADS OF THEIR FRIENDS. We learn their identities through a juxtaposition of people asking where they are at the Fair (Spoiler alert – they dead). The victims include *deep breath* Ozzy, Alek, DJ, Tammy, Frankie, Addy, Rodney, Enid , Tara, and Henry.
This Red Wedding-esque scene is based on one of the most notorious scenes from the comics. In Issue 144, Alpha beheads not 10, but TWELVE of our heroes. And they are Olivia, Josh, Carson, Tammy, Luke, Erin, Ken, Amber, Larry, Oscar, Rosita, and EZEKIEL! The only common victim is Tammy, the rest are exclusive to the show. And in the comics, it’s Rick, Carl, Lydia, Michonne, and Andrea who find them, but in both instances, the groups break down in tears.
In the show, the gang returns to Kingdom and Siddiq delivers the terrible news about the deaths, and also announces that because of today’s events, Taco Tuesday is moving to Thursday. We know it doesn’t sound as fun, but this is our new reality. But really, he says how brave everyone was and how they should all remember the fallen. Later, Lydia and Daryl return to the spikes to pay tribute as snow begins to fall. Wait, it’s SNOWING?
In Issue 145 of the comics, Michonne jumps on Lydia right after they discover the heads and blames her for getting their people killed. Carl points a gun at her and makes her back off. Michonne then turns to Rick and demands they retaliate, but Rick tells her they’re going to wait and plan. Later, it’s Rick, not Siddiq, who addresses everyone at the Fair. The speech is a lot shorter than the show, and we never get flashbacks from how Alpha captured her victims.
What Didn’t Happen In The Comics
Other than all of that, the Hilltop Etsy couple, the charter, the movie, Beta, Dog!, the different victims, and the snow, the episode was nearly identical to the comics. And that uh, wraps up all the comparisons for Episode 915.
What did YOU think of all the comic comparisons this episode? Tell us in the comments below!
This Show is as Dead as The Walkers in it! I’ve watched it religiously up til now.. Tired of the Deaths and Tired of the Stupid Story telling. The Vilians may make for good Comic book read but, On T.V. it’s getting Old. Hated the Negan storyline and HATING The Stupid Whisperers. It’s Lost any Realism, Even for A Show about the Zombie Apocalypse. The Show should End. It’s already Jumped the Shark..Now it’s Just Tripping over Jellyfish.. Blahhhh..
It Jumped the Shark … I keep seeing this, yet no one can give me the exact point where the show Jumped the Shark … can you give me one ?
I would say the decline started with the glenns fake dumpster death….followed by the terrible negan cliffhanger death bullshit….then you have the pointless garbage people, oceanside being lame, the all out war storyline not translating to the tv screen, killing carl, getting rid of rick…..to name a few…
none of them are “jumping the shark”
Sure….whatever you say….thats why TWD is setting record all tim lows in ratings and have shed a little more than half their viewers since season 5….
I have loved this show from day one. This year I have noticed it has become very spooky and very dark, which makes me love it all the more. Thanks everyone for the awesome show love it from here in North Dakota.
Too bad every character that fucking mattered in this arc is dead.
I wanted to see carl get his eyehole licked….
I love the way we call Alpha crying and then 10 minutes later we caught ourselves crying that was great writing
I have really loved watching this show, but I have to agree with some of the comments here. This show brings out a ton of emotion, however what does it all matter when all the characters we have grown to love keep dropping like flies. Give us some characters that we can actually care about without killing them for Gods sake! Is that at all possible for these writers?
This episode reminded me a lot of the Negan capture scene, but other then that I thought it was well done and really paid tribute to the comics well! Besides not killing off Zeke and Rosita which I was waiting for but the show has a habit, it seems of keeping babies around so she will most likely have the love child. As for Ezekel I love the character so Im glad he was saved for now!!
This is getting very frustrating all the main characters are dead. The show is becoming boring and full of new characters that don’t mean anything. I don’t wish to watch this any longer. After Rick lefti said I wasn’t going to watch it but I gave it a try. It’s been nothing but a let down. I can honestly say I gave it a chance but after tonight, I’m done…,,
Im sorry but since Kang took over the show has gotten worse and the ppl dying r the wrong ones.i think ppl left bcuz they knew wut was happening and didnt like it.Rosita deserved to die 9 times over for all her stupidity .eugene was better off dead bcuz he has no purpose.kerry would have shocked the audience even more bcuz he so beloved.The chick that plays alpha os a horrible choice.Henryis dumber than carl ever was.Amd after all the stuff has happened u still keep planning instead wiping out the whispers right off.plus Lydia stupid ass should be killed too.this show has gotten sad and predictable.ive have followed this show from comic to tv and have l9ved some of the changes but it went from horrifying moments to stupid choices bad acting and dumb scemed.its supposed to shock u .killing henry and enid was predictable since u stupidly killed carl early and killed andrea in the 3rd season.its one thing to make changes and keep the a close eye on specific scenes but another to trash half the good lines and characters for crappy ones.
Check your spelling
Can’t even read this.
You say that the show is predictable and at the same time you say Eugene has no purpose …
Wow! Such negativety . Personally, I rate this episode in the top 5 of all episodes. Sombody mentioned the lack of realism? Wtf is real to begin with? The zombies? Word of advice. Don’t watch fantasy expecting it to be realistic . You might be disappointed.
One of the top 5 episodes of all time?…..LOL….please…
The only characters left I care about is Daryl, Carol and Michonne. And Judith. The rest can die. The Cote characters have all left, Maggie isn’t coming back probably . Was sorry to see Tara on the pike and Enid. I expected Henry. But nothing like the incredibly emotional killing of Glenn and Abraham. Because the killed ones just didn’t matter.
It is sad that Michonne is leaving after next season. That will probably be it for me as there is not much left to look forward to
Carol better kick some major butt now.. and let negan out . I hate loosing old ,good regular characters..
Carol is boring as shit
These last few seasons just have me thinking “Can’t these poor damn people catch a break, already???” I mean, damn, we’re 10 YEARS into this apocalypse, and stuff like this, stuff THIS BAD is STILL happening? Carl DIED? Rick’s GONE? All the great characters are dying left and right just as everyone gets HOPE? And there aren’t any large civilizations reforming to stop this kind of crap?
It’s really taking its toll on me, TBH. I almost wanna stop watching. IMO it really is about time this all starts to go okay and we get maybe a season or two of slice of life and then the show’s over. I’m tired of the death so much that I’m literally going to induce a lucid dream so I can go Prototype on these bastards.
It’s a zombie show for frig sakes. Zombies and Death kinda go together. How fucking boring a whole 1 or 2 seasons of slice of life!?! Everyone these days are such wine asses. Go watch Full House or the Care Bears then ?♀️
Love the show never have read the comics just tid bits .I was shocked to see Tara and Enid head spiked by the whisperers. The rest didn’t care about .Henry head spiked was predictable. This scene took it’s emotional tole over the Saviours head smashing main characters scene in season 6 finale .I have been following this show since the last 9 years and have always loved every episode of it per season. Have grown older with it maybe will one day have white hair watching season 30 of the walking dead .
Honestly it’s been 10 years did you think they could keep the cast together ? No they’re obviously gonna wanna separate and they make changes from the comic so it isn’t predictable a lot of you sound like kids who don’t get what they want and Carl’s death was dumb but the so called fans saying he was a boring character brought it upon themselves. Henry was the the new shining star of justice people called him boring iced and a FYI someone dies every season near the end so people will keep watching
I was pissed I didnt want to see Henry on the pikes
The part I appreciated the most was getting rid of that boy that played Henry. I mean his acting was horrible the only reason he got the gig was he looked like his little brother oh my he was terrible Lol
We’re comparing Henry’s head on a pike to Ezekiel’s?! WTF??!!
I’ve been watching TWD since the beginning, its my favorite tv show of all time.Yes the last couple seasons have been rather weak but this season has really picked it up. Last week’s episode was awesome ,I loved it. I don’t know why there’s so much negativity about how the show is going. Since Angela Kang took over its bern much better. I hope the show goes on for 20 seasons ill still be watching it.
I’d skull Fuck enid on that pike
What’s the point of Carol? All those great characters that have left and that useless idiot Carol is still there. She’s such a unbelievably unrealistic boring character… in reality, she would have been dead long ago !
I wanna have sex with a zombie dog
Once again, they’re drawn together. However, it’s not so much a group of people getting together to fight against a superior threat, though the Whisperers are crucial to bringing them all together. What reunites the survivor groups is something much more meaningful and human, their relationships with one another. Get it from https://cinemaapk.org/
They are different but the same