While the cast and crew of AMC's The Walking Dead roll along with their deep-dive production-wise on 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.
With the show's tenth season return now only a matter of days (earlier if you have AMC Premiere, but more on that later), the cast and creative behind The Walking Dead are once again offering fans their thoughts on what lies ahead for our heroes – and the Whisperers. From a look at the Beta (Ryan Hurst)-Alpha dynamic to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) doing some "not Negan" things to the season's zombie apocalypse "Cold War" vibe – check out this week's "TWD Reveal" from AMC:
So just how "fresh and dangerous" will the tenth season be for our heroes? The fine folks at AMC are giving us a sneak preview of the series' return – a preview that finds Michonne (Danai Gurira) and our survivors trying to balance their everyday lives while keeping one eye on the lookout for Whisperers. Aaron (Ross Marquand) begins to wonder if they're the "heroes" or the "villains" of this "story" – but Michonne's not having any of that:
"The Walking Dead" season 10, episode 1 "Lines We Cross": The Oceanside group continues to train in case the Whisperers return.
AMC is offering a pretty cool deal for Walking Dead fans who sign up for AMC Premiere when the series returns on October 6: a look at the full season premiere table read. To prove just how sweet of an offer that is, the network released the clip below. In the scene, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Siddiq (Avi Nash) are getting into a back-n-forth over raising baby Coco, while Rosita's (Christian Serratos) patience wears thin – and Gabriel's (Seth Gilliam) smart enough to stay about as far away as possible.
But what got our curiosity raging hotter than an out-of-control dumpster fire? Look at the image above – specifically, the board behind Nash. Do you see what we see? Satellites – which has us wondering if they may not be connected in some way to the growing "CRM/black helicopters" conspiracy theory tied into the upcoming Rick Grimes feature films.
Here's our first official trailer for the upcoming tenth season as well as an overview of what we can expect when the series returns. As the war between our heroes and The Whisperers escalates, both sides must deal with issues of trust and fear from within…
The Walking Dead is a story that started 10 years ago with one man trying to find his family. That family grew and gradually communities took shape. They fought and survived, thrived and gave birth to a new generation. It is a tale of humankind and there are more stories to tell.
It is now Spring, a few months after the end of Season 9, when our group of survivors dared to cross into Whisperer territory during the harsh winter. The collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha's horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new borderlines being imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable.
But the Whisperers are a threat unlike any they have ever faced. Backed by a massive horde of the dead it is seemingly a fight they cannot win. The question of what to do and the fear it breeds will infect the communities and give rise to paranoia, propaganda, secret agendas, and infighting that will test them as individuals and as a society. The very idea of whether civilization can survive in a world filled with the dead hangs in the balance.
AMC's The Walking Dead returns for its tenth season on Sunday, October 6th.