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The Walking Dead finally did that. But it wasn't how it went down in the comics. Warning, spoilers ahead for what "that" is.

In the penultimate episode of season nine, The Walking Dead featured the big Alexandria fair and the death that came with it thanks to Alpha (Samantha Morton).

And while heads were placed on pikes, they weren't exactly heads of pivotal characters. Among the dead on The Walking Dead TV series: Tara (Alanna Masterson), Enid (Katelyn Nacon) and Henry (Matt Lintz). The comic books the show is based on featured the deaths of Rosita and Ezekiel during this pivotal scene.

"There's so much behind the decisions of who goes and who doesn't go. Even at the beginning of the season, when we knew the sequence was coming, everybody was always saying to Christian and Khary: ‘Heads on spikes are coming! Here it comes!' But it's always about what these moments and these deaths do to other characters that catapults them forward," executive producer Greg Nicotero told The Hollywood Reporter. "In regards to Henry and his relationship to Carol, Daryl and Ezekiel… there's a very specific reason to lose him. In terms of other characters? Tara stepped up as a leader once Jesus died. She was showing some real authority and leadership at Hilltop. Ultimately, it's an organic decision, the way it evolves, like the relationship between Enid and Alden. You see a budding relationship and a budding romance, where people are rising to what makes them the best person they can be, like Tara. In many instances, some people find those realizations. In other instances, it's brutally torn from them."

See how their deaths rank in the gallery below.

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Lennie James, Ethan Embry, Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead, AMC

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Jim, Andrew Rothenberg

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Jacqui, Jeryl Prescott

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Summer, Addy Miller

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Amy, Emma Bell

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Zach, Kyle Gallner

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Sam, Robin Lord Taylor

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Dawn Lerner, Christine Woods

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Tomas, Nick Gomez

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Milton, Dallas Roberts

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Mika Samuels, Kyla Kenedy

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Sophia, Madison Lintz

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Karen, Melissa Ponzio

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Tovah Feldshuh, The Walking Dead Season 6

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Bob, Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, T-Dog, IronE Singleton

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Dale, Jeffrey DeMunn

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Gareth, Andrew J. West

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Matt Lintz, Katelyn Nacon, Alanna Masterson, The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Merle, Michael Rooker

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The Walking Dead, Sonequa Martin-Green

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Shane, Jon Bernthal

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The Walking Dead, Chad Coleman

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Lizzie Samuels, Brighton Sharbino

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Hershel, Scott Wilson

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Andrea, Laurie Holden

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Beth, Emily Kinney

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, The Governor, David Morrissey

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The Walking Dead, Death Gallery, Lori, Sarah Wayne Callies

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The Walking Dead Season 8, Chandler Riggs

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The Walking Dead airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on AMC.

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