While the cast and crew of AMC's The Walking Dead enjoy the response they've been getting for the tenth season, life in the franchise's universe has become a lot like the NFL: neither have off-seasons anymore. With a strong ensemble cast (and a "Big Bad" fronted by Samantha Morton in an award-earning turn as Whisperers leader Alpha) and richly layered writing, showrunner/executive producer Angela Kang did the near-impossible: made the show feel fresh and dangerous again.
And we haven't even mentioned Fear the Walking Dead season 6, the premiere of The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and the upcoming Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) films.
Following up on yesterday's look at the upcoming spinoff series, Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple continued his sit-down with EW to offer his thoughts (and some clues) as to where the The Walking Dead is heading for the remainder of this season – and the future:
● For those still wondering, Gimple says there "isn't a timetable" for the how long the show will be on the air – and that he and Kang see the ending of the comic book series as a beginning of sorts:
"We're always in contact with AMC to ensure we're on the same page about moving forward. There isn't a timetable. We're continuing on. People are digging the show, and there's a lot more story to tell. I've said it, Angela's said it too, that last issue of the comic reads like a pilot. There's a ton more story to tell. As long as the audience wants it, we would love to tell it. So far, we're very much on the same page."
● Unlike Robert Kirkman's views on ending the comic book series, Gimple doesn't have one definitive ending in mind – but he has a few:
"I've had visions and I think you always have to have a small variety of ways it could go because there are so many different things that can happen outside the narrative production-wise. Then there's so much that happens within the narrative that catches fire or a story that is shorter or longer than you anticipated. I've always had a few different aspects in mind that serve a greater theme.
As far as the ending of the show though, whenever it might be, I would be talking about it with Angela and really try to fulfill the whole of it. I think with Andy's departure, we tried to sort of fulfill the whole of Rick's story on the show, and we had planned that for a good while. It'll be the same whenever, if ever, the show ends. Maybe we simply don't have to deal with it because the show goes on and on and on."
● Gimple also wanted to clarify that the Commonwealth storyline will be a version of the comic's story, being "its own thing" and not connected to the three rings/CRM storyline being established in FTWD, TWD, TWD: WB, and the upcoming films:
"The Commonwealth is its own thing. There are a lot of changes to the comic story and the show, but it is important to me, and to Angela, to tell the story from the comic. There might be some weird minor ways that it touches, if at all, but it's a version of the story from the comic."
For Gimple's thoughts on what it was like moving on from Rick Grimes during the ninth season as well as a look behind the scenes at how the creative and business sides work together, check out the full interview here.
When AMC's The Walking Dead returns for its second-half of season 10, our group of survivors are trapped… some in the confines of a cave filled with walkers… others, in a spiral of suspicion and grief — all orchestrated at the hand of Alpha, who continues to prove the Whisperers are always watching and one step ahead of the communities. Through this conflict and all they've lost, a few still hold onto hope, especially Eugene, who believes the mysterious voice he spoke with on the radio may lead to their world getting bigger once again.
But with the Whisperer War upon them, the collective communities must come together and possibly sacrifice all they have to find a way to silence the Whispers once and for all. Otherwise, Alpha will ensure they face a certain doom.
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, 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 (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) beginning his redemption arc (???) while Alpha raised the stakes against our survivors (review here).
"Bonds" had Negan being tested, Carol (McBride) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) possibly making matters worse for the community by "picking up" a Whisperer, and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) 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.