The Walking Dead (2010– )
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Dead or Alive Or 

Daryl finds himself in bad company as his group heads to the Hilltop; Gabriel's faith gets tested.


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes (credit only)
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie
Danai Gurira ... Michonne (credit only)
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Lennie James ... Morgan Jones
Alanna Masterson ... Tara Chambler
Josh McDermitt ... Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos ... Rosita Espinosa
Seth Gilliam ... Gabriel Stokes
Ross Marquand ... Aaron (credit only)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Negan
Austin Amelio ... Dwight
Tom Payne ... Paul 'Jesus' Rovia (credit only)
Xander Berkeley ... Gregory


Daryl leads the Alexandria's survivors to Hilltop through a swamp. While he goes with Rosita, Siddiq and a few other Alexandrians to destroy walkers to give free passage to the other survivors, Tara stays with Dwight protecting them. However Tara wants to kill Dwight jeopardizing the group. Meanwhile Gabriel and Dr. Carson are fleeing from the Saviors and Gabriel is becoming blind, testing his faith in god. In Hilltop, Maggie needs to ration the limited supplies among the locals and the prisoners. Eugene gives an idea to Negan to defeat Hilltop. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

11 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Seth Gilliam rehearsed having impaired vision by walking around with his eyes closed. "He kept hitting his head on things like strange tree branches, tree trunks, people... it was bizarre." See more »


This season takes place about three years after the initial outbreak, at this point most medications, especially antibiotics and opioid painkillers like morphine, that are not stored properly (in a cool, dark, dry room) would have lost most of their potency and would be useless. The pills on the floor of that room Gabriel finds were exposed to sunlight and fluctuating temperatures and humidity over a period of years, which will cause most medications to decay rapidly. If properly stored most medications can actually last for years beyond the expiration date, FDA guidelines for stockpiled medications stored properly says most medications are safe to use 6 years past their expiration date. So at this point in time the only medications that would still have any clinical effect would be ones that were stored in an air tight, pitch black, temperature controlled room. See more »


Negan: I'm disappointed, Eugene. This crap was supposed to be behind us. Two flushes and out the pipe. Top it all off, my only doctor and that creepy-ass priest somehow managed to jump ship without anybody knowing about it. You have any idea how something like that could happen, Eugene?
Dr. Eugene Porter: No, I would not venture to guess.
Negan: Carson was never one of us. He was a weasel, just like his weasel brother. That's my best stab at it.
Dr. Eugene Porter: Drawing together associations and behaviors, that's a solid stab.
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How Can We Lose
12 March 2018 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

This felt like a throwback episode of The Walking Dead. A few different storylines, a few roadtrips, and being low on food and resources always on characters minds. It very much seemed like an episode straight out of season 4 or 5. And to be honest, I liked seeing some of the characters on their toes and not sitting pretty in Alexandria. My favorite moments of this show's history may be in season 4 & 5 when the team was scavenging on a day to day basis for food and water.

Tonight's show made the decision to deal a lot with faith and Father Gabriel's renewed belief in god. The arc his character has gone on throughout the show's run is sporadically interesting. Sometimes fascinating, sometimes frustrating, and other times contradicting. But Seth Gilliam had one of his best weeks in awhile, along with his on screen counterpart, R. Keith Harris' Dr. Carson. Conveniently enough, Carson's death now seems pointless as it's revealed Siddiq has experience working in the medical field.

The other big side arc came from the Alexandrians' hike to Hilltop through the swamp. It was serviceable screen time, but there was no need for the hugely frustrating material with Tara and Dwight. We get it, nobody likes Dwight and he's done terrible things to people the Alexandrians love. But stop going against everything Carl was standing for and stand down. I just feel like it's so unnecessary and a complete waste of time to have Tara go on a rampage to kill Dwight.

In fact, this whole inner mental game she was going through was the clear standout for painful writing this week. Maggie's scenes with the Savior's prisoners and Gabriel's faithful trek both seemed fitting. That wasn't the case for Tara. I sure hope next week solves the Tara situation, as it will clearly focus on the aftermath of everyone at Hilltop learning of Carl's death as the team finally comes together as one.


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