The junkyard group doesn't appear in the comics. The group was so awesome, it made Rick smile. Rick and crew were making progress but then Father Gabriel went missing. Rick's group travelled outside the Alexandrian gates to find Father Gabriel but then the junkyard group surrounded them with weapons.
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We're hoping Father Gabriel is still alive. Walking Dead fans have been discussing the new group for months.
Walking Dead fans enjoyed the midseason premiere of the series. You don't know what you got until it's gone!
The tweet below explains that Rick most likely smiled because he thinks the new group can help him. The Hilltop and the Kingdom are Rick's only help in the war against Negan.
I think the reason Rick smiled was bc they can help them ! I mean, the new group#TheWalkingDead #TWD— Yiyi💙 (@zaynftBieba) February 13, 2017
The series needed another element that's not connected to the comic books. Don't miss the next episode of The Walking Dead!