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‘Walking Dead’ Midseason Finale Photos Find Almost Everyone at Hilltop

Avi Nash as Siddiq, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Something evil is looming as The Walking Dead approaches its midseason finale this coming Sunday. The episode, which is titled “Evolution”, looks to be one of the show’s most chilling yet as Aaron, Daryl and Jesus journey into the talking-walker woods to find a missing Eugene. Check out the promo below!

In addition to that, AMC has released some new images from the episode that preview the many reunions happening over at Hilltop. Based on what we know so far, there have been some major fractures between the different communities over the past six years, resulting in many of them not seeing each other for some time. Now, a lot of major players are in one place, so, hopefully, we get some good interactions and some answers. Check out the photos below!

The six-year time jump has apparently given The Walking Dead the perfect opportunity to introduce some younger characters:

Jackson Pace as Gage, Joe Ando-Hirsh as Rodney, Kelly Mack as Addy - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Meet, Joe Ando-Hirsh as Rodney, Kelley Mack as Addy and Jackson Pace as Gage:

Joe Ando-Hirsh as Rodney, Kelley Mack as Addy, Jackson Pace as Gage - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Plus, now that Henry is also at Hilltop, it looks like he will be making some new friends who love to lurk around at night just like him.

Matt Lintz as Henry, Jackson Pace as Gage, Kelley Mack as Addy, Joe Ando-Hirsh as Rodney - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Carol brought Henry to the Hilltop in the first place because he had expressed an interest in becoming a blacksmith:

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Matt Lintz as Henry, Callan McAuliffe as Alden - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Which looks to be Alden’s trade of choice now:

Callan McAuliffe as Alden, Matt Lintz as Henry - The Walking Dead _
Season 9, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

In addition to Carol, Daryl, and Henry, Michonne and Siddiq have made it to Hilltop as well:

Avi Nash as Siddiq, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Where the new characters are probably hoping to receive a warmer welcome than they did at Alexandria:

Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Michonne learned last episode that Maggie had left Hilltop at some point over the past six years and Jesus was in charge now:

Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 - P
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Which means that something really serious had to have gone down over the past few years to result in such communication barriers:

Avi Nash as Siddiq, Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Tara has taken over leadership duties once more for a reluctant Jesus while he is out searching for Eugene:

Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Will she let Magna’s group stay?

Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Katelyn Nacon as Enid, Callan McAuliffe as Alden - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

She should because they are actually really cool:

Eleanor Matsuura as Yumiko, Lauren Ridloff as Connie - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Hilltop is all about that close community life:

 - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

But Carol doesn’t plan on staying long though:

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Matt Lintz as Henry - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Spotted – broody teenager:

Matt Lintz as Henry - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

We can’t be the only ones who want some backstory on this new (and handsome) Alexandrian named DJ:

Matt Mangum as DJ, Dan Folger as Luke, Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Nadia Hilker as Magna, Eleanor Matsuura as Yumiko, Angel Theory as Kelly - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Meanwhile, it looks like Father Gabriel will be Negan’s chat of the week:

Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

And Eugene’s rescue mission seems to have some terrifying revelations based on Aaron’s face here:

Ross Marquand as Aaron - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Could it be those TALKING walkers? 

- The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 8 -
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Be sure to tune into The Walking Dead’s midseason finale this Sunday at 9/8c!

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