Season 6 of AMC's The Walking Dead consists of sixteen episodes; it premiered on October 11, 2015, and concluded on April 3, 2016. It was confirmed on October 7, 2014, that AMC had renewed The Walking Dead for Season 6. Scott Gimple continued as showrunner for a third consecutive season.
The first part follows Rick and his group leading the Alexandria community through a series of crises, including the threat of a massive horde of walkers and an attack by dangerous scavengers known as the Wolves. The second half involves Rick and his companions discovering more survivor communities, making allies of the agrarian Hilltop Colony and adversaries of the Saviors led by the ruthless Negan.
Following the night of Reg’s and Pete’s deaths, Rick's group slowly take over Alexandria. Morgan helps take Pete’s body to the woods with his son Ron following them wanting to know where his father body will be. They discover a quarry where a large herd of Walkers are being held. Deducing it as the reason Alexandria is still standing, Ricks calls a town meeting to get everyone to help lead the Walkers away despite protests from Carter who later fails at an attempt to overthrow Rick.
As the practice run is prepped, the truck blocking the walkers in the quarry falls of the edge allows the megaherd to escape. Rick initiates the plan and everyone goes to their places. Along the way, Carter is bit and Rick puts him down to keep him from screaming. During the run, a truck crashes into the gates of Alexandria with its horn continuously blasting noise, attracting the Walkers.
As Carol goes about a daily routine, The Wolves ambush the community and immediately switches to survival mode. She disguises herself as a Wolf while killing any intruder she comes across much to the shock and disgust of Morgan who only beats down and spares the trespassers. Morgan manages to scare of the remaining Wolves but one of takes a gun before leaving. Morgan encounters their leader in a house, whom he met prior, and knocks him unconscious.
Enid, feeling the community is unsafe, decides to leave. As she tells Carl goodbye, she is forced to barricade in his house. After the chaos settles, Carl finds a farewell note from Enid: "Just Survive Somehow," it reads.
Glenn, Michonne and the Alexandrians race through the woods toward Alexandria, where the horn continues to blare and then stops. In private, Rick tells Glenn and Michonne that the Alexandrians with them "aren't all gonna make it." Rick instructs them to lead the team back to Alexandria but to keep going if anyone can't keep up. Heath overhears the conversation.
As the make their way home, Many members fall to Walkers and Heath and Michonne debate on whether they should leave people behind. Michonne reminds him that he never had to survive they way Rick and her group has and doesn’t know what’s like to be cover in blood. As they near Alexandris, the survivors, Michonne, Heath, and an injured Scott wade through a creek. Heath is shocked to see his blood-soaked reflection in the water.
Glenn and Nicholas attempt to distract Walkers but end up becoming surrounded by a herd. Glenn climbs a dumpster and helps Nicholas up and after staring at the teeming horde all around them, he tells Glenn "Thank you," before he shoots himself. Glenn gets knocked into the herd by Nicholas' falling corpse and screams as he's engulfed by feasting walkers.
Rick makes it to the RV where he is ambushed by the remaining wolves but he manages to kill them all, however, Walkers come out of the forest as he tries to start the engine.
Morgan relates his story to the Wolves leader, Owen.
Sometime after his encounter with Rick a second time, he wanders through the woods and recreates his King County bunker at the campground, using walker blood to scrawl messages on the surrounding rocks and trees. "Clear," reads one; "Here's Not Here," another.
He eventually encounters Eastman who traps him for trespassing and deduces that Morgan is suffering from PTSD. Eastman takes it upon himself to help Morgan recover his sanity and, slowly, Morgan regain his senses, learns Aikido, and comes to believe all life is precious. One day while scavenging, Morgan nearly reverts to his insanity while visiting his old camp. After walker bites Eastman, he fights him only to lose demanding his training be done “not here.” "Here's not here," Eastman replies.
After rescuing a couple from walkers, the woman offers a can of food to him and he finally understands what Eastman was trying to teach him. Eastman confesses he killed a man who killed family before and admits it still didn’t give him peace until he decide to not kill anymore. After putting Eastman down, he leaves the cabin to find Rick.
As Deanna takes in the aftermath of the Wolves' deadly attack, she struggles with the community’s down spiral as well as her own ability to lead. After her son stops a raid in the pantry, Deanna sees her son has taken items for himself and he blames her for the mess they’re in. That night, she is attacked by a Walker and repeatedly stabs it until Rick finally delivers the final blow. She asks if her vision for the future is a pipe dream to which he replies “No.”
When Glenn doesn’t make it back, Maggie decides to go out and find him without Rick’s consent. Aaron shows her a passage way under the sewer. They make their way through the tunnels only to be stopped by a blocked tunnel with Walkers. She tearfully admits she’s pregnant. Returning to the surface, Maggie erases Glenn's name from the memorial wall. Aaron helps, and jokingly suggests that Aaron/Erin is a good name for a boy or a girl.
Daryl, Sasha and Abraham arrive at the 20-mile marker set for leading the herd away from Alexandria. A group of gun-wielding assailants ambushes them in cars. As they flee, Daryl crashes on his bike and is separated from Sasha and Abraham.
Daryl eludes his attackers but comes across Dwight, Tina and Sherry who hold him hostage. They believe him to be a hostile member of their former group. They are being pursued for stealing medical supplies for Tina, and Daryl helps them escape through the burt woods. However, Tina is killed by Walkers and Dwight gets cold feet. When they reach Daryl’s bike, the couple steal it and his crossbow at gunpoint.
Sasha and Abraham, meanwhile, look for supplies after the attack and grow closer. In an armored vehicle, the two find Daryl and the trio make their way back to Alexandria.
After hiding under a dumpster following Nicholas’ suicide, Glenn emerges and finds Enid who’s is steadfast in not returning to Alexandria. Glenn repeatedly foils her escape attempts and eventually convinces her to come and help protect the community because of the people they both care about.
In Alexandria, Rick struggles accept the community as his own as he teaches Ron how to shoot and reluctantly saves Spencer from death when he tries to get a car left outside the gate. Tobin encourages him to not give up on them because the rest of his group hasn’t. As they see Glenn’s balloon signal, the steeple from the church collapses on the perimeter wall.
Rick scrambles to get everyone inside as the Walkers pour in. He barricades himself, Carl, Judith, Michonne, Deanna, and Gabriel in the Anderson’s house. While there, Deanna discovers that she is bit.
Carol, during this time, discovers Morgan has Owen alive despite his group nearly decimating the town. Morgan attempts to defuse the situation but Carol insists on killing. The two fight, and Owen uses the opportunity to escape with Denise, the doctor. Rosita, Tara, and Eugene arrive only to obey Owen’s orders to stand down for Denise’s sake. The two exit the basement into the horde and leave the five survivors inside.
Despite defending the house, Rick and Michonne realize they need to leave and head for the armory. A dying Deanna makes Rick promise to look after her people and her son. Covered in Walker gut, Rick and the group make their way out of the house into the herd leaving Deanna with a gun inside the house.
Daryl, Abraham and Sasha are intercepted by another group who demands their things as they now belong to “Negan.” Before the leader can kill one of them, Daryl uses an RPG to kill the group so that they can head back to Alexandria.
In Alexandria, walkers swarm the streets. Rick leads the Andersons, Carl, and Michonne through the herd but Sam draws attention to himself which results in his and Jessie’s deaths. Ron, in anger, tries to shoot Rick but Michonne stabs him. However, Carl’s eye is shot out. Denise and Owen make their way through the herd and the latter helps Denise make her way to the infirmary but is bit by a Walker and shot by Carol.
After Carl is taken to the infirmary, Rick goes on a Walker killing spree and, slowly, the community helps in killing the and is heavily assisted by the return of Daryl’s group. After the melee is over, Rick understands that the Alexandrians can survive and that Deanna’s vision can come true for the sake of Carl.
Rick and Daryl go on a supply run where they find a truck with a large store of supplies. On the way back home, they run into Paul Rovia -- though his friends call him Jesus -- and tells Rick and Daryl that he was just running from walkers. Gunshots go off, but the two discover it is firecrackers and Jesus has stolen their truck. They catch up to him and leave him tied up. However, he wiggles free and hides on top of the truck. During a fight against Walkers, the truck is lost and despite Jesus saving Daryl’s life, the man is knocked unconscious and taken back to Alexandria for questioning. The next day, he appears in Rick’s room asking to talk.
Jesus explains that he’s from a community called the Hilltop and he searches for other settlements to trade with them. Rick and a few members of his group go to his community to prove his story and save a small group of Jesus’ people along the way. Once they get there, the meet the leader Gregory, who comes off as arrogant and selfish. As Maggie and Gregory discuss trade options, a group from the community returns and stabs Gregory saying he has no choice in order to free his brother. Rick kills him. Jesus explains that they are under the thumb of the Saviors lead by Negan. Rick's group offers to rescue the man and wipe out the Saviors in exchange for food, medicine and supplies which Gregory reluctantly agrees.
Holding a town meeting, Rick explains the situation with the Saviors and his plan to kill them in order to trade with the Hilltop. Some like Morgan are opposed to the idea while some are for it. After Making a plan, Jesus accompanies Rick’s team to infiltrate a Satellite station where they are located. They they trick the guars into opening the gates and letting the captured Hilltop people out before killing. Once inside, they systematically kill Saviors in their sleep so as to not arouse an alarm. However, a Savior discovers them and manages to pull the alarm, alerting the compound to the attack. Guns are blazing but the group manages to win. By morning, Heath and Tara go on a supply run and the group prepare to leave. A surviving Savior fails to flee on Daryl’s stolen bike and a voice on a walkie tells them that they have Maggie and Carol hostage.
Paula and her group of Saviors have Maggie and Carol hostage in order to free Primo, a man that Rick has hostage. They are taken to a makeshift cell where Carol pretends to be weak-willed in order to plan and wait for the right move. In their absence, Carol sharpens the crucifix on the rosary beads and uses it to cut herself free, finds Maggie, and attempts to escape without much bloodshed. However, after Maggie’s stomach is nearly sliced by a Savior, Carol kills the person as Paula in awe and sarcasm at Carol’s craftiness. They fight which leads to Paula’s death and another Savior groups demise. Rick and the group find them and after Primo refuses to cooperate, Rick kills him much to the shock of Carol.
On two different supply runs; Daryl, Rosita, and Denise go to a pharmacy for things while Eugene and Abraham go to an abandoned factory where Eugene intends to make bullets. The two fight over whether or not Eugene can survive on his own while Denise struggles to help Daryl and Rosita look for supplies amidst the dead and rotting bodies. However, she proves to herself that she can kill a Walker and gives her companions a pep talk to help get over their recent problems then out of nowhere, Denise is shot in the head with an arrow. It is Dwight and Saviors who have Eugene and demand they take them to Alexandria. Eugene distracts Dwight and a gun fight breaks out. The Savior retreat and Denise’s body is taken home.
Meanwhile, Carol is still reeling from the previous encounter with the Saviors and concludes that she doesn’t want to kill anymore as it hurts her emotionally. She leaves a note and leaves the community.
While on the run, Carol encounters a group of Saviors and despite warning them to leave, she kills them in self-defense. She is injured in the process and a surviving Savior pursues her for revenge.
Rick and Morgan go out to search for her and find the carnage left behind. They follow a trail of blood and find a barn where they encounter a man whom Morgan prevents Rick from killing him. He reveals that he kept a Wolf alive and he saved Denise from Walkers so she could save Carl. Morgan vows to find Carol on his own and tells Rick not to come looking if he doesn’t return. Rick hands Morgan a gun.
Rosita, Glenn and Michonne arrive at the spot where Dwight killed Denise. They find Daryl’s motorcycle hidden underneath some branches, confirming Rosita’s hunch that Daryl came back to kill Dwight. Rosita, Glenn and Michonne catch up to Daryl in the woods. Glenn tries to stop Daryl from going after Dwight, but Daryl refuses to stand down. After they split up, they are each captured by Saviors and Dwight shots Daryl when he’s caught.
Morgan continues his search for Carol. He finds a horse – presumably the one the man they encountered at the barn was looking for – and rides into a street where he encounters Carol in a building. He proposes they leave for Alexandria at dawn so that she can get stitches and antibiotics. She refuses. After sending him off, the Savoir who survived her onslaught finds her and shoots her up Morgan arrives and orders him to stop. When the Savior refuses, Morgan shoots him multiple times in the chest, killing him. Two men wearing armor approach on horseback: one of them is the man from the barn.
Rick travels to the Hilltop to get medical assistance for Maggie along with Abraham, Eugene, Carl, Sasha, and Aaron but are stymied by Simon, who orders them to hand their things over. Rick refuses. Every road they go to afterward is blcked by the hostile group until they finally surround them in a wooded area where all of them, including Daryl and the people with him, in a line where they come face to face with Negan who kills one of the group members off camera.
|Title||Writer(s)||Air Dates||U.S. Viewers|
|1.||"First Time Again"||Scott Gimple|
|October 11, 2015 (US)|
October 12, 2015 (UK)
|2.||"JSS"||Seth Hoffman||October 18, 2015 (US)|
October 19, 2015 (UK)
|3.||"Thank You"||Angela Kang||October 25, 2015 (US)|
October 26, 2015 (UK)
|4.||"Here's Not Here"||Scott Gimple||November 1, 2015 (US)|
November 2, 2015 (UK)
|5.||"Now"||Corey Reed||November 8, 2015 (US)|
November 9, 2015 (UK)
|6.||"Always Accountable"||Heather Bellson||November 15, 2015 (US)|
November 16, 2015 (UK)
|7.||"Heads Up"||Channing Powell||November 22, 2015 (US)|
November 23, 2015 (UK)
|8.||"Start to Finish"||Matt Negrete||November 29, 2015 (US)|
November 30, 2015 (UK)
|9.||"No Way Out"||Seth Hoffman||February 14, 2016 (US)|
February 15, 2016 (UK)
|10.||"The Next World"||Angela Kang|
|February 21, 2016 (US)|
February 22, 2016 (UK)
|11.||"Knots Untie"||Matt Negrete|
|February 28, 2016 (US)|
February 29, 2016 (UK)
|12.||"Not Tomorrow Yet"||Seth Hoffman||March 6, 2016 (US)|
March 7, 2016 (UK)
|13.||"The Same Boat"||Angela Kang||March 13, 2016 (US)|
March 14, 2016 (UK)
|14.||"Twice as Far"||Matt Negrete||March 20, 2016 (US)|
March 21, 2016 (UK)
|March 27, 2016 (US)|
March 28, 2016 (UK)
|16.||"Last Day on Earth"||Scott Gimple|
|April 3, 2016 (US)|
April 4, 2016 (UK)
- Enid's Mother (Flashback)
- Enid's Father (Flashback)
- Shelly Neudermeyer
- Richards (Alive and Zombified)
- Stacy (Off-Screen)
- Michael (Off-Screen)
- Natalie Miller (Off-Screen)
- Bobby (Off-Screen)
- Dinesh (Off-Screen)
- Dan (Off-Screen)
- Samantha (Off-Screen)
- O'Hara (Off-Screen)
- Charlyne (Off-Screen)
- Jeffery (Off-Screen)
- Park (Off-Screen)
- Adrian (Off-Screen)
- Will (Zombified)
- David (Alive and Zombified)
- 40's Man
- 20's Man (Alive and Zombified)
- Crighton Dallas Wilton (Confirmed Fate)
- Eastman (Off-Screen)
- Betsy (Alive and Zombified)
- Carla (Alive, Confirmed Fate; Zombified)
- Delly (Alive, Confirmed Fate; Zombified)
- Deanna Monroe (Alive and Zombified)
- Maya (Off-Screen)
- Pascal (Off-Screen)
- Ted (Off-Screen)
- Lucy (Off-Screen)
- Lead Savior
- Sam Anderson
- Jessie Anderson
- Ron Anderson
- Owen (Alive and Zombified)
- Freddie's Wife (Confirmed Fate)
- Rory (Confirmed Fate)
- Tim (Confirmed Fate)
- Marsha (Confirmed Fate)
- Donnie (Alive and Zombified)
- Paula (Alive and Zombified)
- Denise Cloyd
- Neil (Alive)
- Abraham Ford (Off-Screen)
- At least 8 unnamed Alexandria residents
- At least 30 unnamed Wolves
- At least 48 unnamed Saviors
- 1 unnamed man (Alive)
- This season is mainly based on "Volume 14: No Way Out", "Volume 15: We Find Ourselves", "Volume 16: A Larger World" and the first half of "Volume 17: Something To Fear" from the Comic Series.
- Below are the changes made to the main cast in this season.
- Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) is added to the opening sequence after being listed under "Also Starring" in Seasons 4 and 5.
- Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Alanna Masterson (Tara) and Seth Gilliam (Fr. Gabriel) are still listed under "Also Starring". All have been regulars since season 5.
- Lennie James (Morgan), Tovah Feldshuh (Deanna), Alexandra Breckenridge (Jessie), Ross Marquand (Aaron) and Austin Nichols (Spencer) were upgraded to series regulars after recurring appearances.
- Following the deaths of Deanna and Jessie in "Start to Finish" and "No Way Out", respectively, Tovah Feldshuh and Alexandra Breckenridge are no longer listed under "Also Starring" in succeeding episodes.
- Feldshuh is listed as "Also Starring" in the closing credits of "The Next World", possibly to avoid giving away her appearance in the episode.
- On Talking Dead, Scott Gimple wrote a letter in regards to the sixth season, stating the following: "For a good while now, humans have been the bigger threat. At the start of our next season, that will change. I've said before the show reinvents itself every eight episodes and we're doing it again, friends. Now that these characters know that they have what it takes to survive, what are they going to do with that power? How will they choose to live? Beyond answering those questions, we're currently putting into motion some of our most ambitious stuff yet and things are going to get very big, loud, and scary."
- This season featured human deaths in every episode except "Heads Up" and "The Next World".
- This season has the second highest death toll, with 134 deaths, being second only to Season 8 with 690 deaths as "Wrath".
- Gale Anne Hurd has stated the walkers will become a larger threat in Season 6 as compared to Season 5.
- The Season 6 premiere was 90 minutes long, making it the first season premiere since "What Lies Ahead" of Season 2 to be so.
- "First Time Again" is the first season premiere that did not surpass the viewing figures of the previous season. Receiving a total of 14.63 million viewers received during the initial broadcast, compared to Season 5's "No Sanctuary".
- "Here's Not Here" is the first episode (excluding season premieres and finales) to have a run-time of 90 minutes.
- This is the first season to have no episodes written by Robert Kirkman.
- This is the second season in which no actor from the opening credits dies on-screen (Season 1 being the first)