If the latest episode of “The Walking Dead” is any indication, the big kumbaya between all the survivor communities is about to come crashing down. The third episode of Season 9 unveiled major cracks in Alexandria’s new world order that may prove fatal. As the schism at camp grows, not everyone will make it out alive. Dive into the five most shocking moments of “Warning Signs” below.
Michonne (Danai Gurira) is busy drawing up a charter for the various communities. Inspired by the history museum from the season premiere, she wants to create a set of rules to keep the various settlements living harmoniously. But Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is set on distracting his busy partner. “I can think of another way to build for the future,” he says, before sliding into bed with her. Is another member of the Grimes family on the way?
As she makes her way to the construction camp with food, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) discovers a zombified Justin (Zach McGowan). It is evident that Justin was murdered, which causes a fight to erupt between The Saviors and the rest of the communities at camp. Rick breaks up the tussle before it gets out of hand, but two prime suspects emerge. Anne (Pollyanna McIntosh) may have wanted revenge for the murder of her people, or Daryl (Norman Reedus) may have finally unleashed his obvious anger at the group who held him captive. Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) questions Anne on her whereabouts on the night of Justin’s murder, much to her disappointment. Rick interrogates Daryl, though the bowman scoffs that “If I’d have killed him, I’d have killed him in plain sight.”
A or B?
Feeling anxious about being a suspect, Anne heads back to her junkyard and retrieves a hidden walkie-talkie. “It’s Jadis” she announces, and a mysterious voice asks “what do you have? An A or a B?” It’s safe to assume that the man is related to the helicopter. Anne mentions that she doesn’t have either an “A” or a “B,” but the voice on the other end demands “An A. Tomorrow.” Startled by a noise, she spins around to see Gabriel, who has followed her and overheard the conversation. She admits that she used to trade people for supplies and if he helps her “with one small part of the deal, we can have a life like you can’t imagine.” But Gabriel refuses and is set on informing Rick of her plan. “All this time, I thought you were a B” Anne remarks with disdain, before knocking her boyfriend out with the butt of her gun.
Beatrice (Briana Venskus) of Oceanside is found unconscious after a supposed attack, and Arat (Elizabeth Ludlow) is missing. Search parties set out in pairs to look for her, fearful that another Savior death will rip apart the camp. Rick and Carol (Melissa McBride) set off together, and he confesses he sometimes questions his vision for peace. But he believes he honors their dead loved ones by building up civilization instead of taking lives. The tender moment is undercut when a Savior jumps Carol and holds a knife to her throat, demanding Rick’s gun. Rick feigns surrender which gives Carol an opening to stab the Savior with a hidden blade. Instead of killing her attacker, she takes Rick’s words to heart and takes the Savior as a prisoner. “Every life counts” she grumbles.
Maggie and Daryl making a shocking realization when they discover Arat being held at gunpoint by Cyndie (Sydney Park) and the women of Oceanside. These women have been offing Saviors for their past deeds. Justin killed Beatrice’s husband. Arat murdered Cyndie’s eleven-year-old brother as she smiled and made the boy beg for his life. Maggie initially tries to talk Cyndie into letting the tearful Arat live. But Cyndie admits that her community was never on board to live alongside the Saviors, but when Maggie hanged Gregory, they realized that Rick did not have the only path forward. Maggie is shocked by what her action unleashed, but even more affected by Arat’s past. While Cyndie pleaded for her young brother’s life, Arat offered up a simple “no exceptions” before shooting the boy in cold blood. Upon hearing this detail, Maggie and Daryl turn away as the woman murder Arat. “We gave Rick’s way a chance,” Maggie tells Daryl, “it’s time to see Negan.”