Posted by Brooke Geller @brookegeller
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Everyone has that one annoying friend who constantly jokes about the lack of actual walkers in #TheWalkingDead. "For the zombie apocalypse, there's not a whole lot of zombies. Remember when this show was actually about zombies? They should call this show 'The TALKING Dead'! Ha! Ha, ha ha!" Shut up, Greg. We get it.

Thankfully, Sunday's episode boasted an entire epic montage of zombie slaying goodness, complete with Jesus' kung fu skills and pregnant Maggie playing demolition derby with a tractor— because apparently that's just what "farm girls" do.

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But walker slaughter aside, that hectic scene still left a lot of questions unanswered. Like, who lit the fires? Where are all the guards? And why did the Hilltop residents just watch the action from their balconies and windows instead of helping? Check out the chaotic scene for yourself:

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The real reason it felt so unexplained was because the scene that prefaced it was entirely omitted. Tom Payne, who plays Jesus 'Kung Fu Christ' himself, helpfully provided the details of that fateful night in a recent interview with Radio TV Talk.

According to the Payne, Saviors snuck in under the cover of darkness and tied up the Hilltop guards (who of course don't have guns). They then locked everyone inside their own houses; hence why Maggie and Sasha climbed out through the roof, and no one could help them.

Payne says the shot of the tied-up Hilltop guards looked too much like "a barbershop quartet all strung up" for the editors to keep it. The deleted scene hasn't been released, and with Season 7 not yet finished it's unclear if it ever will be.

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Considering the scene added some rather pertinent details to the episode, it's a little unusual that it was left out. But it's not the first time The Walking Dead has cut scenes that genuinely added something to the story. Did you know about these deleted scenes from past seasons?

4. Rick Gets Down With Zombie Lori

Given that most Walking Dead viewers weren't too fond of her, the only upsetting part of her Lori's death was the impact it had on Carl and Rick. Not only was Rick suddenly faced with raising another dude's baby all by himself in the zombie apocalypse, but he was suddenly starting to lose his mind, and that including seeing visions of Mrs Grimes. It was all a little sad and sweet, except for this deleted scene which shows one of his many dreamy hallucinations turned in to a nightmare. Gross, Rick.

3. Creepy Lizzie Being Creepy

Given her young age and future psychopath potential, Lizzie Samuels probably would have grown up to be even more of a monster than Negan. That is, if Carol hadn't straight up murdered her. To be fair, it was for the greater good; Carol knew she was a bad egg. But what we didn't see was Lizzie acting a little too keen to rummage through a baby carrier which may or may not have contained evidence of a dead baby. Maybe Carol should have taken that massive red flag more seriously — I'm sure Mika would agree.

2. Sunday School With Beth And Carl

While Rick was busy hallucinating dead Lori in a field, Carl was struggling to keep the family together and be the big brother Judith needed. He found a kindred spirit in Beth, who had also lost her mother. Carl's perspective on grief in a world consumed by death is quite mature, but he still struggles to understand the spiritual consequences of killing someone to prevent them from turning. Sweet Beth tries to comfort him, but it's clear his mother's death has changed him for good.

1. Morgan's Descent Into Madness

"Clear" was an incredible episode. Our reintroduction to Morgan was jarring for both Rick and the audience, and it's strange to compare the pacifist Morgan we know now to the delusional mess he was in this episode.

This deleted scene really captures Morgan's hopelessness and fear, and provides an insight in to his perspective on his place in the world. The guy literally thought he was still alive just because his purpose was to stick around and "clear" the dead. His violent outlook on the world then was obviously a dark and troubling time in his life, and one that he'd prefer to distance himself from now.

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[Source: Radio TV Talk]