Unfortunately, this Sunday's episode of AMC's The Walking Dead "Look at the Flowers" will be the season's unofficial "penultimate" episode, with a coronavirus-related shutdown on post-production delaying the tenth season finale. As much as we're not thrilled by the news, at least it looks like we'll be getting some answers about our "Walker World's Finest" team-up of Carol (Melissa McBride) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
Our biggest takeaways from the opening minutes of next episode? Even Negan seems more concerned about what the potential fallout would be if he failed to take out Alpha (Samantha Morton) than Carol is – and Negan is definitely on a redemption run.
Oh, and for Carol fans? Yeah, she's still not looking good in all of this – getting the feeling she's selling out the ex-Saviors leader now that the deed's done:
"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.
If that wasn't enough (and normally, it would be), 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 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?