Sometimes, fans of AMC's The Walking Dead concentrate a little too much on the actors and characters that leave the show – we don't spend enough time focusing on the wealth of wonderful new characters who've joined the Walking Dead family. One upcoming addition we've been looking forward to since it was first announced at last year's New York Comic Con is Paola Lazaro (Nunca Digas Adeus, Terra Incógnita), locked in as Juanita Sanchez aka Princess.
In the comics, Juanita Sanchez was known as "Princess" or "Princess of Pittsburgh" with a good-natured, upbeat personality that hies a rough past and upbringing. She's considered to be the harbinger of the "Commonwealth" storyline, where she settles down at the end of the comic book series' run.
What does this mean for her role in the television series? Hard to say when you consider how much has changed between the comics and television series. We do know that we will be seeing more of her in this season's 15th episode, "The Tower" (see below) – but we have a feeling she could make a brief "guest appearance" sooner.
Which may explain why – in the tweet following Lazaro's post expressing how long she's been riding a wave of excitement over the part – Skybound's main The Walking Dead account ten-ton "recommended" fans follow her.
Which we did.
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Princess • Juanita Sanchez • This has been my phone background for 5 months. My inner 6 year old Puerto Rican girl is smiling so hard. Needless to say, I'm GEEKING the F%|* OUT. Thanks @heyjenbartel for DOPE ART. Issue 171: Fear the Princess #twd #princesstwd with a thankful heart, Paola <3 #twd #princesstwd #juanitasanchez
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) March 26, 2020
Unfortunately, it looks like next week's "Look at the Flowers" is the season's unofficial penultimate episode (coronavirus-related shutdown delaying season finale) – and we should be getting some answers about "Walker World's Finest" team-up of Carol (Melissa McBride) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
On top of that, there's going to be a righteously-enraged Beta (Ryan Hurst) for our communities to deal with, while Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) head out for "first contact" with Eugene's radio-friendly friend "Stephanie."
Oh, and Daryl (Norman Reedus)? He's got a few issues he still needs to work through with Negan…
"The Walking Dead" season 10, episode 14 "Look at the Flowers": Everyone reckons with the aftermath of the Hilltop fire; Eugene leads a trip to meet Stephanie.
"The Walking Dead" season 10, episode 15 "The Tower": The communities prep for final battle of the Whisperer War, while Eugene's group meets Princess.
"The Walking Dead" season 10, episode 16 "A Certain Doom": Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War.
"The Walking Dead" Season 10 Reviews
We didn't mince words over how impressed we were with season opener "Lines We Crossed" (check out our review here). Then we had Morton, Hurst, and 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 McBride continues delivering an award-winning performance (that review's here) – while "Silence the Whisperers" proved once again why it's "In 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.
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?