WALKING DEAD 9x12 Breakdown! Daryl's Secret Plan Explained!

  • Published on Mar 5, 2019
  • Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 12 Review & Analysis! Thanks to Philo for sponsoring today's episode. The first 50 NR fans to sign up here bit.ly/2VJnpXX will get their first month free. Start your free trial in seconds today!
    The Walking Dead reveals the society of the Whisperers and Alpha's violent leadership, including the introduction of Beta (Ryan Hurst). What does Daryl's "mistake" during his rescue operation tell us about his secret plan for the Whisperers? Could Alpha be lying about her backstory? Erik Voss breaks down all the details and Easter Eggs you missed in this Walking Dead episode, including the deeper meaning of the title "Guardians." How does the music composed for the Whisperers reveal hidden truths about their society and philosophy? How does the adaptation of the Whisperers on the series compare to the version in the Walking Dead comics?
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Comments • 278

  • New Rockstars
    New Rockstars  3 months ago +148

    Hey folks, Erik here! I know many of you are waiting for my breakdown of the new Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer! I'm working hard on it now, and it will come out tomorrow! It takes time for me to dig into all the stuff that's easy to overlook, and come up with insane theories for how the series could end. I appreciate your patience!

    • Psycho Meerkat
      Psycho Meerkat 2 months ago

      Avengers Endgame (Stark & Peter) - When/If Tony comes back to Earth, I hope Aunt May is still alive. Seeing Tony and May comfort each other with Peter's death would be a great scene. (Is it right for me to Hope for this?)

    • kooky
      kooky 3 months ago

      Did u just assume my gender?

    • CaneCanCook
      CaneCanCook 3 months ago +1

      So today is here. When should I expect this? I like getting my popcorn ready and enjoy your videos like a movie. =)

    • Saints Fan54
      Saints Fan54 3 months ago

      i don't really need philo i got SKY-Q

    • Aegon MLBB
      Aegon MLBB 3 months ago


  • Sabaidee Bee
    Sabaidee Bee 25 days ago

    The part where the decapitated bodies are handed off to the whisperers herding the horde, you can see the one saying "leave it here, we'll come to you" is wearing a poncho. Later when Daryl appears to save Henry, he's wearing that same poncho.

  • Alex Tapia
    Alex Tapia 2 months ago

    RIP Beth😭

  • Henry Chavez
    Henry Chavez 3 months ago +1

    Is it bizarre that the whisperers refer to the walkers as gaurdians?

  • Vonda Martin
    Vonda Martin 3 months ago

    Jesus and Tara had already said that Maggie went with Georgie.

  • Beaverius
    Beaverius 3 months ago

    I never realized it was Lydia's mask, let alone him leaving it there as a calling card.

  • Tom Himself
    Tom Himself 3 months ago

    04:41 u so soft eric ... alpha is a great mom

  • Trippy Prickler
    Trippy Prickler 3 months ago

    I feel like Henry being such a numbskull is the whole reason there's going to be a war between these grpups. It might have happened eventually but he definitely is fueling the fire. Poor Carol and Ezekiel for having such a peabrain kid.

  • Sean Webb
    Sean Webb 3 months ago

    Infanticide has been a normal part of human societies until very recently.

    • Joe Mac
      Joe Mac 3 months ago

      "Until recently". Are you kidding? Democrats just took a unanimous vote on that shit. Open season on babies post birth.

  • Strawberry Gaming
    Strawberry Gaming 3 months ago

    4:30 merle and the governor aswell

  • Strats
    Strats 3 months ago +1

    I feel soooo bad for people who stopped watching after Rick Grimes..

  • Strats
    Strats 3 months ago

    Daryl is the best guardian!

  • Austin Padilla
    Austin Padilla 3 months ago


  • Robert Olofsson
    Robert Olofsson 3 months ago

    His mask has much darker hair than Lydias blond mask, i'm pretty sure atleast.

  • Robert Olofsson
    Robert Olofsson 3 months ago +2

    Sorry but Daryl didnt use Lydias mask, he took out a wisperer and stole his shit haha.

  • Sam Aimson
    Sam Aimson 3 months ago

    It was confirmed that Maggie & Hershel are with Georgie ages ago, I believe it was Siddiq who said it, or it might have been Jesus.

  • Squirrel's Survival
    Squirrel's Survival 3 months ago

    Definitely Daryl, he's just the best, he's loyal and even though he doesn't talk much he says what's needed and always protects the fam.

  • Lakvinder Singh
    Lakvinder Singh 3 months ago

    20 dollars, wtf

  • Paz Manian
    Paz Manian 3 months ago

    casey anthony reference? come on bruh

  • Alex Nelson
    Alex Nelson 3 months ago

    They pulled of no rick very well

  • Keplarwasp03
    Keplarwasp03 3 months ago +1

    So what was Daryls plan then?

    • Edo James
      Edo James 3 months ago

      Keplarwasp03 to keep Lydia’s mask in case he were to have to act like a whisperer

  • Ryan Melean
    Ryan Melean 3 months ago


  • Ryan Melean
    Ryan Melean 3 months ago +1

    I can't wait to see alpha die.

  • SKAF_PathFinder
    SKAF_PathFinder 3 months ago +1


  • JacksonB 123
    JacksonB 123 3 months ago +2

    Dog is the best guardian because he’s the goodest boy

  • InSaineTech
    InSaineTech 3 months ago +1

    Daryl is the best period

  • One Dark Martian
    One Dark Martian 3 months ago +7

    You're guessing that Maggie is with Georgie? But it was confirmed in the letters sent to Jesus that is where Maggie is. It's no secret.

  • Nicholas Davidson
    Nicholas Davidson 3 months ago +1


    • Moon
      Moon 3 months ago


  • I don't want a channel
    I don't want a channel 3 months ago

    Connections to the comics that I may have overlooked. The comics. Where Carl and Rick are still alive.

  • Boost Lee
    Boost Lee 3 months ago +1

    my favorite character is dog

  • PollyMamedePsi
    PollyMamedePsi 3 months ago +2

    Daryl and dog.

  • Osvaldo Rolon
    Osvaldo Rolon 3 months ago


  • Lee McFarland
    Lee McFarland 3 months ago +1


  • Lee McFarland
    Lee McFarland 3 months ago


  • PWNstar 248
    PWNstar 248 3 months ago

    Grow your braid back !

  • Ashen-Phoenix
    Ashen-Phoenix 3 months ago

    #3 on this list wasn't so much a "missed detail" as it was "screamingly obvious."

  • Lezio Montair
    Lezio Montair 3 months ago

    alph is a dorky fat boy who Negan smacks across the room

  • tony Zamora
    tony Zamora 3 months ago

    This has been an amazing season so far definately my favorite !!

  • Alicultivated
    Alicultivated 3 months ago

    4:21 That looks like a shove to me. Unsubscribed.

  • S
    S 3 months ago


  • Jorn
    Jorn 3 months ago

    2:33 Maggie and hershell? lmao

  • dodgers doon1130
    dodgers doon1130 3 months ago

    The whispers are absolutely terrifying

  • Instinct_Surge
    Instinct_Surge 3 months ago +2

    Daryl is big dad

  • Right To Censor
    Right To Censor 3 months ago +1

    how come the whispers weren't ready for the walker attack at the end? like wtf they are suppose to blend into the dead to prevent this very thing from happening... also you look like Kevin Owens

  • Trilja666
    Trilja666 3 months ago +6

    Maybe Daryl dropped IT so Alpha would Think someone in the group did it

  • Who Knew 22
    Who Knew 22 3 months ago

    enough with the ads at the start and the end

  • Ivis Ze'ev
    Ivis Ze'ev 3 months ago

    Where was the dog in the final scene ?? If something happens to it I’ll be very upset😢

  • Radiation Septic
    Radiation Septic 3 months ago

    What is in Erik’s shirt? A pen?

  • Ethan TSAI
    Ethan TSAI 3 months ago

    could you do a theory of where could rick be taken or taken by?

    TOMBRAIDER007 3 months ago +3

    Daryl is litterly the master strategist he deffinately left the mask on purpose

  • M T
    M T 3 months ago

    How is it that Lydia is able to walk without mask etc? Doesn't make sense

  • Matt Dina
    Matt Dina 3 months ago +1

    If you ask me the whispers need to speak up a bit so we can here what they say!!!

  • Mariel M
    Mariel M 3 months ago


  • YN Spanky
    YN Spanky 3 months ago +1

    Daryl because he is an “Outsider” remember the land is bigger than hilltop, kingdom and Alexandria combined. He can work his way in the woods and rely on the woods for a home, food, and transportation. Daryl has always been good on his own after what he said to Beth in S4. “I was always drifting with Merle” and what he said to Rick in S2 “I’m better on my own”. The bolt shooting master also proved his point in S4 when he was with that random group that soon met up with Rick, Carl, and Michonne. He proved it again by leading the group to a barn he found while he was thinking about stuff in S5. There are many more reasons why Daryl Dixon is a true Guardian.

  • Thilak kumar
    Thilak kumar 3 months ago +7

    Daryl didn't use Lydia's mask,he used that whisperer's mask who dragged the Dead whisperers's body (he killed him, maybe)

  • Mimi YuYu
    Mimi YuYu 3 months ago +3

    Not being able to understand the Whisperers and having to turn on the CC.

  • Marky Mark
    Marky Mark 3 months ago +1

    Judith smarter than Michonne 😂😅

  • T Figgins
    T Figgins 3 months ago

    When are we going to see a Stranger Things 3 video?

  • Melissa Sue
    Melissa Sue 3 months ago


  • lisa john andrews
    lisa john andrews 3 months ago

    Lydias maskers left in the bridge The mask Daryl head came from the The whisper that was taking care of the walkers the one with the poncho that he was also wearing

  • Nattiexs
    Nattiexs 3 months ago +3

    Daryl is the most effective guardian. He actually does stuff, unlike Michonne. I used to like Michonne at the very beginning, but not anymore.

  • Bango Skank
    Bango Skank 3 months ago +4

    That’s not Lydia’s old mask. They left that on the covered bridge. Go back and watch the mid-season premiere. Daryl definitely got that mask from the Whisperers who were in charge of keeping the walkers away. Connie had a mask too. Where do you think that came from?

  • juggler mansveld
    juggler mansveld 3 months ago

    still missing the real great older break downs .

  • undefined
    undefined 3 months ago

    Not sure how walkers with knives can be a threat, all 3 communities still have pretty much all of the guns used to fight Negan, not all exploded in the stand-off. Plus in the time that has passed for sure "Eugene & the bullet factory" could of replenish the stock of bullets, so yeah, this story plot makes little sense and is kinda forced. Lazy writing again ..

  • TheWingedAngels55
    TheWingedAngels55 3 months ago +1

    Ryan Hurst Is Scary As

    HAZZA GC 3 months ago

    It was said in an earlier episode that Maggie and Hershel was with Georgie

  • Khaldion
    Khaldion 3 months ago

    20 dollars for a streaming service? yikess... even hbo and netflix are 10...

  • CM P
    CM P 3 months ago +1

    Thank you Pilo!! So glad these break downs are back

  • iamspamus
    iamspamus 3 months ago

    My problem with the episode was the lack of any guards at to the whisperer camp. Come on. No one with masks on and no guards???

  • Patrick Hand
    Patrick Hand 3 months ago

    Lydia’s mask was left on the covered bridge. Daryl was wearing the stoner jacket that the one whisperer who was herding the walkers outside the camp. So he had to have killed him and taken his stuff. It’s probably safe to assume he wasn’t the only person doing that which is how Connie got hers too.

  • Gege cat CHANNEL
    Gege cat CHANNEL 3 months ago

    And last one fury eyes is like that because of the cat you know on the captain marvel trailer

  • Gege cat CHANNEL
    Gege cat CHANNEL 3 months ago +1

    Erik i wanna tell you about captain marvel
    1.marvel word is from mar_vell
    2.skrulls is not bad
    3. Starforce (captain marvel team) is bad
    4.now i talking about credit scenes.i see black widow ,captain A,baner is doing something with nick messege thing....i gotta sleep bye.

  • Tiny Grimes
    Tiny Grimes 3 months ago

    Daryl used Rasmus' mask, not Lydias

  • Comix Hub
    Comix Hub 3 months ago

    Also maggie is confirmed to be with georgie

  • Emily Jenkins
    Emily Jenkins 3 months ago +2

    I’m totally shipping Daryl and Connie

  • JayDee
    JayDee 3 months ago

    alpha looks better with the mask

  • N8 the Gr8
    N8 the Gr8 3 months ago

    6:21 Tara... Gates... Hehheh.

  • jayburns25
    jayburns25 3 months ago

    There was a reference in one of the episodes before Jesus died. Maggie is with Georgie.

  • Aquaspleen
    Aquaspleen 3 months ago +1

    Thanks philo!

  • ꧁Lil Fairy꧂
    ꧁Lil Fairy꧂ 3 months ago +2

    Oh damn! I'm gonna sub you JUST for the Casey Anthony reference!

  • Jon Starkwalker
    Jon Starkwalker 3 months ago

    Eric I still want that otter t-shirt and now I want the unicorn one so please just tell me where I can get them.

    HIMANSH 3 months ago +3

    Guys comment section is more accurate that y'all. Either do it properly or don't do it at all.

    • IloveBubbanSugar
      IloveBubbanSugar 3 months ago +1

      You can see it now for some reason. Lol

    • IloveBubbanSugar
      IloveBubbanSugar 3 months ago +3

      Yes my comment correcting them on two points was deleted by them.Every video now has dumb mistakes that if a person was really watching, they would catch. The thing is, a couple years ago these reviews use to be awesome.

  • Slemke 98
    Slemke 98 3 months ago

    Did anyone else laugh at the beheading? It was so ridiculous, garrotes don't do that.

  • Juhjay Brums
    Juhjay Brums 3 months ago +4

    Loved this episode. I think Daryl and Michonne had something to do with the Sanctuary being overrun by Walkers. I think that’s the reason they have matching scars and the communities are not as close.

  • uc
    uc 3 months ago +1

    Last time Carl trusted some one he lost an eye.

  • Omicron
    Omicron 3 months ago

    Whisperers not far

  • PainandMotivation
    PainandMotivation 3 months ago +3

    There are some animals in the wild that leave their children once they are born.

  • winterdotcom
    winterdotcom 3 months ago

    why would they challenge the alpha without holding any weapons lol

  • Carr izard1126
    Carr izard1126 3 months ago +1

    This is my favorite channel!! Love these video!

  • Intensive Purposes
    Intensive Purposes 3 months ago +2

    Dog 2020

  • Zachary Van Den Top
    Zachary Van Den Top 3 months ago

    Maggie and hershel went to the secret society?

  • Intensive Purposes
    Intensive Purposes 3 months ago

    Georgie came from some sort of corporate industrial complex.

  • Tassy McCormick
    Tassy McCormick 3 months ago +1

    I’ve never clicked on a video so fast in all my days.

  • Citizen Barlow
    Citizen Barlow 3 months ago +11

    Hey Erik I just wanted to point out that the mask that Daryl took from Lydia was left on the bridge by Michonne. The mask that Connie and Daryl used we're made from the two walkers they killed when they found Henry's stick. You can tell because they also took the clothes from those walkers.

    • YN Spanky
      YN Spanky 3 months ago +3

      Citizen Barlow I noticed that too because Daryl was wearing a thin hoodie when he was turned around and Lydia and Henry were talking

  • Diana Cabrera
    Diana Cabrera 3 months ago +2

    The yo-yo string they use it to tighten the mask from coming off

  • Dylan Parr
    Dylan Parr 3 months ago +2


  • Deku 123
    Deku 123 3 months ago

    Kicking? *pushing

  • Ryan S
    Ryan S 3 months ago +3

    They explicitly state Maggie and Hersh are with Georgie's people.

    • Ms. Byrd
      Ms. Byrd 3 months ago

      @Ryan S They may be 'shy' when it comes to the AMMO because of what Eugene did to the 'Saviors' but they indeed should still have the weapons stored in a Armory.

    • Ryan S
      Ryan S 3 months ago +2

      The statement about them having very little guns is a lie too, we know between the three communities they were well armed and have a munitions maker before killing the saviors but now they should have several weapons for each person and plenty of ammo stockpiled.

  • Max Matthews
    Max Matthews 3 months ago


  • Bailey Hendricks
    Bailey Hendricks 3 months ago

    What if the avengers try to find the ego stone to rebirth nemesis