The Walking Dead: Why is blood on Alexandria’s Wall?

The Walking Dead - AMC/Gene Page
The Walking Dead - AMC/Gene Page /

At the end of episode 5 of The Walking Dead’s sixth season, there was blood on the wall of Alexandria. Where is it coming from and what does it mean?

At the end of Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, there was something odd that has quite a few people talking about.

Deanna approached the gate of Alexandria, where she could see the shadows of walkers through the chain fence and tarp, and rattled the door.  This caused the walkers to get all riled up on the other side.  As she left, the camera focused on the inside of the wall, where there was blood dripping down.

Why is blood on the inside of the wall?  Who is it from?  And what does it mean for the future of Alexandria?

Let’s break down some of the top theories as to where the blood is from:

Nicholas, The Walking Dead - AMC/Gene Page
Spencer, The Walking Dead – AMC/Gene Page /

It’s Spencer’s blood dripping down from the tower.  While it’s definitely possible, it’s unlikely. Spencer didn’t seem to be bleeding when on the tower, which means that he’d either have to cut himself up there or he was injured from a silent rifle shot or something.  Either way, a major wound would be much more blood than that and a minor one wouldn’t be as much.

  • The blood is from walkers being crushed against the wall.  To me, this is the most likely.  There seems to be some small round holes in the metal of the wall, and the pressure of walkers against that could have some of the dark, walker blood pushed through.  There are theories out there that the walker blood is from a familiar character that is undead (Glenn, Enid, Nicholas or others), but those are very unlikely.
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    A character was eaten alive at the gates.

    I don’t understand how the blood would get to the inside if a character was eaten alive outside.  I also don’t get how someone being eaten would be quiet enough not to draw attention to themselves.  Even if Glenn, Enid or another character made it back to Alexandria, they’re smart enough not to try to push through the walkers just to have themselves surrounded and quietly devoured.

  • It’s old blood from The Wolves attack on Alexandria.  It’s a logical thought that the blood is old, but can help foreshadow some structural integrity failure for the walls.  With the people of Alexandria currently not executing a plan to eliminate or at least trim down the zombie threat, it should almost be a foregone conclusion that the wall will tumble.  But showing some dings in the metal and some blood helps bring that point home.
  • Have you heard any more theories about where the blood is coming from and what it means for the walls of Alexandria?  Let us know in the comments below and share your thoughts on this scene from The Walking Dead.