Season 8, Episode 9


Rick faces new difficulties after a battle. Meanwhile, the fight continues in other communities as core members face hard decisions.

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Light dances across Rick’s face.

A white-bearded Rick and Judith chat amiably with Jerry in a peaceful Alexandria.

Rick and Michonne dig a grave in Alexandria.

In a flashback, Carl and Siddiq fight walkers in the woods. Carl is caught off guard and gets bit in the abdomen.

Carl leads Siddiq down the utility hole outside Alexandria and explains that he must talk to Rick before bringing Siddiq into their community.

Carl patches up his bite wound in the bathroom and puts on a clean shirt.

Tobin gives Carl a note from Michonne and explains that she went to the Sanctuary.

Carl pens letters to Rick, Michonne and others in the group.

Carl and Siddiq set up a cot in the sewer.

Carl plays with Judith on the porch of their Alexandria home.

Back in the present, Morgan watches as Saviors shoot at walkers surrounding the Sanctuary, creating an exit path behind the piles of corpses. The Saviors escape and start firing at the snipers. Morgan ducks from their fire and escapes unscathed.

Gavin leads a caravan of Saviors down the road. Morgan follows them on foot.

In the woods, Carol tells the Kingdom survivors to seek refuge at her cottage while she rescues Ezekiel. She refuses to let Henry accompany her despite his insistence on fighting the Saviors.

In the sewer, Carl shows his bite wound to Rick and gives him the stack of letters that he wrote to the group. He explains that his bite was not the Saviors’ fault and that it happened while he was helping Siddiq.

Gavin guards Ezekiel in the aftermath of the Kingdom assault. Ezekiel urges Gavin to join Rick’s side before it’s too late for him.

Morgan stealthily enters the overrun Kingdom and sees Henry prowling in the distance. Carol joins Morgan inside the Kingdom walls.  Morgan’s plan of attack involves killing all the Saviors, but Carol suggests avoiding them instead.

In the sewer, Siddiq gives Carl medicine and explains that he was a medical resident. Rosita suggests they all flee to the Hilltop while the Saviors destroy Alexandria above ground. Dwight points out that the Saviors will soon run out of ammo and insists they stay put until the siege is over.

Carol and Morgan kill a group of Saviors. Carol witnesses Morgan's brutality and worries about his renewed blood lust.

Gavin barks out orders to his men, but Ezekiel challenges his authority.

Carl urges Rick and Michonne to stop fighting the Saviors. They hear silence above ground. Daryl and Tobin resurface to confirm that the Saviors have indeed left Alexandria.

Morgan spots Saviors loading a truck and decides to kill them, despite Carol’s protest.

Gavin tries to contact two of his men via walkie but gets no response. He hears gunfire in the distance and retreats to the auditorium with Ezekiel and his remaining men.

Light plays across Rick’s face as he cries.

Judith and a white-bearded Rick greet a jovial Eugene in a garden.

Rick and Michonne shovel dirt onto a grave.

Rick insists on staying in Alexandria with Carl, who won't make it, while the rest of the group travels to the Hilltop.

Daryl takes Judith so that Michonne can stay with Rick and Carl.

Carl says an emotional farewell to Judith, telling her that sometimes kids must show their parents the way, and gives her his sheriff’s hat.

Siddiq vows to honor Carl by showing everyone that his choice to save him mattered.

Carol and Morgan ambush the Saviors inside the auditorium. Gavin is injured in the scuffle, but escapes. Morgan pursues him.

Rick asks for Michonne’s help carrying Carl out of the sewer.

Morgan stalks Gavin in the Kingdom.

Rick and Michonne carry Carl to the church.

Morgan finds Gavin hiding in a shed.

Rick and Michonne lay Carl down in the church. Carl expresses remorse over killing a boy when they lived in the prison.

Morgan shoves Gavin to the ground. Gavin begs Morgan to spare his life and insists Rick's group can’t beat Negan.

Rick tries to absolve Carl of his guilt over the boy’s death. Carl points out how easy it was to kill another human being.

Gavin tells Morgan that killing him won’t make a difference. Morgan hauls Gavin up to his feet.

Carl explains that Rick’s decision to stop fighting and welcome survivors into the prison was instrumental in shaping him. “It can be like that again,” he tells Rick.

Ezekiel urges Morgan to let Gavin live.

Rick reminds Carl that the war against the Saviors is different than their situation at the prison, but Carl is resolute that they can’t kill all of the Saviors.

Carol urges Morgan to spare Gavin’s life. Morgan is overwhelmed and tears up.

Morgan is surprised when a fighting stick pierces Gavin's throat and Henry is revealed to be the killer.

Carl describes his vision for a peaceful future in which the older, white-bearded Rick resides with Judith in a flourishing Alexandria. Rick promises to make Carl’s vision come true.

Ezekiel soothes Henry and tells him not to look at Gavin’s body. Carol berates Henry for disobeying her, but Ezekiel assures Henry that everything will work out.

Carl reaches for his gun and insists on shooting himself before he dies. He tells Rick and Michonne that he loves them.

Rick and Michonne wait outside the church, where they hear a solitary gunshot.

Rick and Michonne bury Carl’s body in the Alexandria graveyard.

In Carl’s vision, Judith walks down a garden path in Alexandria and greets Negan, who's working alongside others in the community.

Light dances on Rick’s face as he sits below a tree.