When AMC's The Walking Dead wrapped its shortened tenth season (for now), there was a feeling that they would leave the fanbase with a little something to tide them over until later this year. The series definitely delivered, and it was much more than a "little something": Lauren Cohan will return as Maggie to the long-running series, just in time for the endgame in The Whisperers War to play out. In the preview for the season finale (see below), it's clear that Carol's (Melissa McBride) letter made it to Maggie. Will her return be the tipping point that turns the tide against Beta (Ryan Hurst) and the Whisperers once and for all? Series showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang wouldn't reveal too much about Maggie's return, but she did promise that viewers will learn more about what's been going on with her since she left and that her return will have a definite impact on our survivors.
"We'll see some more of the new characters as they're featured this season, and we will see more of the epic conflict we've been witnessing all season with the survivors and the Whisperers. And we'll see that Maggie is…. We'll know what's happened with her and what that means for our group. And our people are obviously on this collision course with the Whisperer horde. We will see Beta doing his thing as the leader of the Whisperers, hell bent on his revenge. Obviously, it's not been that long in the timeline since Michonne said 'I'm going to go off and try to find your father,' and she's obviously not back. We'll see how Judith's dealing with that. There's Darryl and Negan, and Lydia, and Carol, and things with various groupings coming to a head. And we'll see more from the person in the iron mask with the weapons that come upon Alden and Aaron that we'll see in sneak peaks and everything. I think it's a really cool episode. Greg Nicotero did an amazing job directing it. The actors turn in beautiful performances. The writers did amazing work and the crew. I think it'll be a really satisfying episode."
The Walking Dead Season 10 Reviews
We were impressed with how season opener "Lines We Crossed" was able to pick up the energy from last season, right out of the gate (check out our review here). Then we had Samantha Morton, Ryan Hurst, and Thora Birch raising the bar even higher with "We Are the End of the World" (check out our review here), offering up some Whisperers backstory. "Ghosts" elevated the paranoia as Melissa McBride continues delivering an award-winning performance (that review's here) – while "Silence the Whisperers" proved once again why it's "In Michael Cudlitz, We Trust" (review here). "What It Always Is" had a now-free Negan beginning his redemption arc while Alpha raised the stakes against our survivors (review here). "Bonds" had Negan being tested, Carol and Daryl possibly making matters worse for the community by "picking up" a Whisperer, and Eugene reaching out and getting a response.
"Open Your Eyes" (review here) saw our theory about Siddiq (Avi Nash) completely, totally, and tragically put to rest. That brought us to midseason finale "The World Before" (reviewed here), as the drumbeats of war grew louder. After a mideason break, we learned that those drumbeats had turned into thunder, as "Squeeze" (review here) and "Stalker" (review here) turned up the heat on what was once a stealth "cold war" back-n-forth between Alpha and our heroes. Then with "Morning Star" (review here), that heat caught literal fire and resulted in the entire direction of the war getting flipped on its end in "Walk With Us" (review here). What could top that, and cause a break in the action? That would be "What We Become" (review here), with Danai Gurira's final run as Michonne, or is it? "Look at the Flowers" brought the focus back to the frontlines as we learned more about the Negan/Carol team-up, witnessed Beta go even deeper off the deep end, watched Carol's final confrontation with "Alpha" and introduced to a very "smiley" series game-changer (review here). Now with one episode left, "The Tower" found our heroes surrounded as Beta's horde made its final march (review here).