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. Last season bid farewell to Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and hello to a strong ensemble cast (and a "Big Bad" fronted by Samantha Morton in an award-earning turn as Whisperers leader Alpha). In doing so, series EP/showrunner Angela Kang did the near-impossible: made the show feel fresh and dangerous again.
With the new season now a wee bit less than two months away, your friends at Bleeding Cool are offering you 5 "hot takes" on what we are totally, completely, 112% positive will happen on The Walking Dead by the end of the season. Best part? We'll own our successes (and come up with bad excuses for any misses) with a follow-up post to soak in all of the praise (or mocking) – and just so you know?
● Maggie (Lauren Cohan) will return during the second-half of the season: not as a factor in "The Whisperers War" but in the slowly-evolving, eventual "The Commonwealth" storyline.
● Siddiq (Avi Nash) will turn out to be a traitor within the ranks of our surivivors. His "PTSD" is actually the guilt of having sold the others out and watching them die – having convinced himself that he made the choice for the "greater good" of keeping peace between the sides; thus, saving lives.
● Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will end up in the Whisperers' camp – but instead of hooking up with Alpha, it will be newcomer Thora Birch's Gamma. Described as "fiercely protective" towards Alpha, she would the perfect person for Negan to manipulate – and depending on backstory, to take Alpha's head.
● Contrary to the passionless kiss we saw between the two in the season trailer, Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) will not be a couple: Michonne will realize that she still needs some kind of closure regarding Rick – and something will happen to renew her faith that he might still be alive. She leaves the show to begin her journey – possibly to the second and/or third The Walking Dead films.
● Fear the Walking Dead will continue it's loose links with the upcoming The Walking Dead films but by the end of the tenth season of TWD and the fifth season of FTWD, CRM will make its presence known again on both shows. While that might be considered a form of "crossover," fans should expect a very real bond between the shows before the dust settles on both show's seasons.
So there you have it! Save these somewhere in a cloud "time capsule" and we'll revisit them again in spring 2020 – which should be more than enough time to stock up on all the praise you'll be heaping upon me.
Or I'll end up having to eat a huge "s**t sandwich"…
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.
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.
Here's our first official look at the upcoming season of AMC's The Walking Dead and the new season overview – as the war between our heroes and The Whisperers escalates, both sides must deal with issues of trust 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.