"The Walking Dead" Season 10: Negan Free, "Caryl" Goes for a Ride & More! [PREVIEW IMAGES]

With the cast and crew of AMC's The Walking Dead already in a deep-dive production-wise on the tenth season, life in the Walking Dead 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, series EP/showrunner Angela Kang did the near-impossible: made the show feel fresh and dangerous again.

Now that we're done with a small bout of "mindless speculation," we can get back to the work at hand: learning as much as we can about the upcoming "Dead X" season. Thankfully, the fine folks at AMC are reading our minds – with the release of ten preview images (which you'll find throughout the article).

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

To say there's a lot to unpack in these images would be an understatement. From feeding into the "Caryl" shippers out there and more Michonne/Judith team-up screen time (for now *sniff*) to a free Negan (let's see if we can get "Freegan" trending), enjoy your look at the dangers still to come when The Walking Dead returns for a tenth season on Sunday, October 6, to AMC.

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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Now here's a look at the teaser for Untitled The Walking Dead Movie, where Rick Grimes returns… only in theaters, from AMC, Skybound Entertainment, and Universal Pictures:

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AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season 10

Leading up to Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) in July, – we learned: comic book character Dante will transition to the small screen; efforts are underway to bring Lauren Cohan (Maggie) back; big themes for this season will be propaganda, paranoia, and PTSD; Michonne's (Danai Gurira) in a "hot" situation in the season's first official image; Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) possible future; Eugene's (Josh McDermitt) connection to that mysterious voice on the radio at the end of last season; and that Lincoln will not direct an episode this season.

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Nadia Hilker as Magna, Danai Gurira as Michonne; group – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Post-SDCC, there were a ton of teases and news (and a sad announcement, which you can check out here) – including the start of a series of weekly reveals that began with a first look at American Beauty star Thora Birch in the role of Gamma, a Whisperer who is fiercely protective of Alpha. This week, AMC and Skybound offered a look at the second addition to the cast: Kevin Carroll's Virgil – highly intelligent, resourceful, and desperately trying to get home to his family.

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Eleanor Matsuura as Yumiko, Danai Gurira as Michonne – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

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.

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Danai Gurira as Michonne, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

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.

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Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Antony Azor as RJ Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

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.

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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Sydney Park as Cyndie, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Kerry Cahill as Diane – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
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The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Blaine Kern III as Brandon – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
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Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes, Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, Avi Nash as Siddiq, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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