During the trailer for next week’s episode of The Walking Dead, we heard mention of “the saviors” again and how Rick’s group was supposed to take care of them, but didn’t. Who are the Saviors? With so many groups running around, a few fans are needing a refresher.
Here’s what you need to know.
The Saviors were first introduced last season, but they’re also playing a big role this season too. It’s easy to get them confused, since Season 6 also encountered a different group known as the Wolves. The Saviors are just the main name for the group of people that Negan controls. If you recall, many of the Saviors simply call themselves “Negan.”
We first encountered them in Season 6, when they tried to ambush three of their escaped members, but encountered Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham instead. Dwight was, in fact, one of the first Saviors that Daryl encountered. Later, Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham blast the Saviors to pieces when they encounter them on the road in a later episode.
The Saviors were also the group that was forcing the Hilltop community to give them part of their possessions on a regular basis. Rick proposed a preemptive strike on the Saviors before they found Alexandria. He orchestrated a raid and they killed a lot of people in the Saviors’ group. The Saviors are also the same group who are taking pigs from The Kingdom on a regular basis.
It’s important to recognize that the Saviors and the Wolves are separate groups, as far as we know. The Wolves write “W” on their heads and lure survivors into traps so they can take their supplies and sometimes kill them. The Wolves also played a big role in Season 6 and were the group who attacked Alexandria and were fought off. A small group of Wolves survived the attack. It’s not known who ultimately led the Wolves or if they still have a bigger community somewhere.