There’s a running joke in The Walking Dead fan base that the characters just move from one survivor community to another. But that’s symbolically important for the plot. It feeds into the show’s overall theme (which it sometimes conveys in a ham-fisted way) that we are the biggest threat to ourselves. Even when faced with incredible circumstances like a zombie apocalypse, humankind is still divided and at war with each other. If all those communities pooled their resources together and worked towards ridding the world of walkers, they’d make some decent headway with it. But that’s not the way they the human race operates, so they need to save all their bullets to use on each other. Here is Every Walking Dead Survivor Community, Ranked.
10 The Scavengers
It’s not a good sign when your survivor community is better known as “the Garbage People” than its real name. The Scavengers have always been spineless back-stabbers who will turn their backs on a previous agreement and betray all their allies at the drop of a dime. Every time they’ve had the chance to do the right thing, they’ve done the opposite of it at the very last second and let everybody down, particularly when they teamed up with the Saviors and double-crossed the Alexandrians. Plus, it didn’t take much to wipe them all out – Simon had a hissy fit and lashed out and that’s what eliminated the entire Scavenger group.
There are few things lamer than putting up posters around a post-apocalyptic wasteland that advertise your “safe haven” when you actually just intend to eat whoever shows up, but that’s just what the Termites did in season 4 of The Walking Dead. It made a great story arc for the back end of the season as all the characters had been broken up by the prison fallout and the promise of a safe haven slowly brought them all towards the same place. However, it only took a couple of episodes for Rick’s group to go from being locked in a train carriage at Terminus waiting to be eaten to having escaped and poisoned the Termites with “tainted meat” and killed them with a hatchet. So, they can’t have been that competent.
8 The Wolves
Despite the fact that their appearance was teased for several episodes and we were led to believe they were the most dangerous people in the post-apocalyptic landscape, they turned out to be pretty weak. When they invaded Alexandria, it was pretty scary, but all it took was Carol dressing up as one of them and taking up arms to get rid of them. Still, the Wolves do look pretty creepy with the letter “W” carved ominously into their foreheads. And that guy Owen was suitably unnerving – if only the actual Wolves had lived up to their menacing promise.
7 Grady Memorial Hospital
When Beth went missing and Daryl went looking for her, there wasn’t much hope that he would find her. Either she was taken by some bad guys or she’d been thrown to the walkers, it seemed. But then we discovered she had actually been picked up by a group of survivors who lived in a hospital. It makes sense, logically, since they would have endless medical supplies, food to last them for months, and a ton of backup generators.
However, the operation was run by the insufferable Dawn and a bunch of pervy men. We got Noah out of the whole situation, but it ended with Beth’s dumbest moment as she was being released and tried to stab Dawn with some scissors. This also turned out to be her final moment as she was killed shortly thereafter.
6 The Hilltop
What has let the Hilltop down in the past is its leader, the cowardly Gregory, who changed his allegiance every five minutes if it meant there was less chance of him getting hurt. However, some of our favorite characters moved into the Hilltop (or started off there before joining Rick’s group), like Maggie and Jesus. And let’s not forget that Maggie had the worst thing about the Hilltop hanged at the Hilltop, so it’s not all bad. The Hilltop’s stronghold seems to have been hashed together, since it’s literally just a fenced-off couple of buildings on top of a hill, but the community itself is quite interesting.
5 The Whisperers
The Whisperers are the latest addition to the roster of Walking Dead survivor communities, having only just made their first appearance in season 9’s midseason finale when what appeared to be a walker stabbed Jesus. However, in just a few short episodes, they have made their chilling presence known to the show’s fan base. Wearing zombie flesh as a mask might sound bad, but as we’ve seen from various predicaments that Rick and co. have gotten themselves out of, that’s the best way to disguise your living skin from the ravenous hordes of the undead. So, the Whisperers are actually quite smart.
4 The Kingdom
It’s not very cool to just set up shop and declare a place “the Kingdom” and decide that you are the king, but then that’s probably what happened hundreds of years ago in every country that has a royal family. And King Ezekiel is a fair leader. He might not be resilient enough to face the evil hand of the Saviors, but he is kind, chilled-out, open-minded, and relatively impartial. Oh, and he has a pet tiger called Shiva (or at least, he used to – the tiger has since been devoured by walkers), which is a huge point in his community’s favor, as is having Carol on their side.
The Oceanside community is like The Walking Dead’s very own Themyscira, a campground run entirely by women. There are both boys and girls among the children they’re protecting, but all the adult survivors are women. Some of the highest authorities in the Oceanside have been shown to have pretty poor judgment, but on the whole, they’re a capable bunch.
Plus, they gave Tara a much-needed opportunity for her own story arc when they found her unconscious on a nearby beach. No one in the Oceanside community has become a really major character, but they’re an interesting and powerful little community.
2 The Saviors
Say what you will about Negan, but he’s nothing if not a bold leader. Every single person in his group is kept in line, and if they even think about disobeying him or trying to escape, he makes sure they never do it again. His methods are questionable, of course, because he rules with fear instead of love, but it’s hard to argue with the results. The Saviors have dominated near-enough the entire post-apocalyptic hellscape and have basically every other group of survivors under their thumb, giving them most of the resources they manage to find or grow or manufacture. As a survivor community, they’re virtually unparalleled – they’re like The Walking Dead’s Galactic Empire.
Rick’s group has gone by a number of different names over the years as they’ve jumped from location to location, but they finally found a place to call home in season 5 when Aaron recruited them to move into Alexandria. Alexandria has all our favorite characters: Rick (formerly), Daryl, Glenn (formerly), Michonne, Abraham (formerly), Tara (formerly), Aaron, Jesus (formerly). They’re the first group to successfully stand up to Negan (after an embarrassing amount of unsuccessful attempts, admittedly) and if there’s ever a coalition between several different groups that are oppressed by the Saviors, like season 8’s “All-Out War” storyline, then its Alexandria that instigates it. If the Saviors are The Walking Dead’s Galactic Empire, then Alexandria is the Rebel Alliance.