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The Calm Before 

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The four communities come together in celebration at the Kingdom's fair, but while some pacts are renewed, others come at a much steeper price.


Laura Belsey


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 7 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Alanna Masterson ... Tara Chambler
Josh McDermitt ... Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos ... Rosita Espinosa
Seth Gilliam ... Gabriel Stokes
Ross Marquand ... Aaron (credit only)
Katelyn Nacon ... Enid
Khary Payton ... Ezekiel
Samantha Morton ... Alpha
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Negan (credit only)
Callan McAuliffe ... Alden
Avi Nash ... Siddiq
Eleanor Matsuura ... Yumiko


Alpha and the Whisperers attack a family from Hilltop while riding to the Fair at the Kingdom, and Alpha uses the female scalp to infiltrate in Hilltop posing as if she where an Alexandria dweller. Meanwhile the leaders of the communities reunite with Ezekiel and sign a document of mutual cooperation and protection. Michonne also explains that Alexandria will welcome Lydia. They organize a group to head to protect Hilltop from a possible attack of the Whisperers. Daryl and the group travel to Hilltop and meet the Highwaymen that show them the family killed by the Whisperers. They split to look for survivors and Daryl, Carol, Michonne and Yumiko are captured by the Whisperers. Soon Alpha brings Daryl to show a horde of walkers controlled by the Whisperers. Then she tells to Daryl that she has marked the frontier splitting the lands between the communities and the Whisperers. Soon Daryl and his group are released and finds the border on a hill where Alpha has marked the limit of the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

24 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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An Absolute Masterpiece
25 March 2019 | by Splarke22See all my reviews

I am blown away at how TWD continues to be so amazing 9 seasons in. "The Calm Before" is an incredible episode from start to finish. The reveal at the end is arguably the most haunting moment in the history of the show and will leave you with your mouth hung open in shock and horror. 9x15 is one of my favorite TWD episodes of all time and I personally think it's one of the best too.

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