The penultimate episode of The Walking Dead season 9 saw the communities come together at the Kingdom for the fair.
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The episode saw people from the Kingdom, Hilltop, Alexandria and Oceanside all coming together to celebrate. Ezekiel (Khary Payton) gave a speech to open the fair and then the fun and activities began.
Daryl (Norman Reedus), Connie (Lauren Ridloff), Henry (Matt Lintz), Lydia (Cassady McClincy) and Dog arrived with Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Judith (Cailey Fleming). Michonne called a meeting of the leaders and they agreed to grant Lydia asylum and to treat an attack on one community as an attack on all. The leaders then signed the community charter.
Daryl, Carol (Melissa McBride), Michonne and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) decided to head to Hilltop to help protect them should the Whisperers attack. On the way they discovered that people from Hilltop had been attacked and following the tracks turned out to be a trap. After killing many walkers they had to surrender to the Whisperers.
Earlier in the day, Alpha (Samantha Morton) had infiltrated the fair, disguised with the hair and clothes of Hilde (Caroline Duncan) from Hilltop. She had a good look around, met Ezekiel and tried to get Lydia back but she refused.
Now with Daryl and his group captured, Alpha took him to see their secret weapon – thousands and thousands of walkers. She then let Daryl and the others go free while telling them to obey a new border she had created.
On the way home they came across Siddiq (Avi Nash) beaten and tied to a tree. After releasing him they spotted the new border which was ten pikes with the heads of their friends including Enid (Katelyn Nacon), Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Henry (Matt Lintz).
At the end of the episode, Siddiq told the story of what had happened. As it began to snow, Daryl took Lydia to the site of the pikes to pay her respects.
Watch the promo trailer for The Walking Dead 9×16 below:
The season finale is The Storm. The communities must brave a blizzard; as one group deals with an enemy from within, another is forced to make a life or death decision.
It looks from the promo trailer that the survivors need to cross the border in order to survive the incoming storm. Doing so risks igniting a war with the Whisperers but it might be their only way to survive.
Tune in to AMC on Sunday at 9/8c in the US and FOX on Monday at 9pm in the UK to see the episode. Preview the episode with our gallery: