"The Walking Dead" Season 10 "The World Before": The Drumbeat of War Grows Louder [PREVIEW IMAGES]

While the cast and crew of AMC's The Walking Dead roll along with 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 fresh and dangerous again.

"The Walking Dead" Season 10 "The World Before": The Drumbeat of War Grows Louder [PREVIEW IMAGES]
Danai Gurira as Michonne, Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

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.

"The Walking Dead" Season 10 "The World Before": The Drumbeat of War Grows Louder [PREVIEW IMAGES]
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Nadia Hilker as Magna, Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Melissa McBride as Carol, Angel Theory as Kelly – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

"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).

"The Walking Dead" Season 10 "The World Before": The Drumbeat of War Grows Louder [PREVIEW IMAGES]
Samantha Morton as Alpha – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

"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).

"The Walking Dead" Season 10 "The World Before": The Drumbeat of War Grows Louder [PREVIEW IMAGES]
Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

"Bonds" had Negan facing a test – and passing with flying colors (for now), 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.

"The Walking Dead" Season 10 "The World Before": The Drumbeat of War Grows Louder [PREVIEW IMAGES]
Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

With "Open Your Eyes" (review here), we saw our theory about Siddiq (Avi Nash) completely, totally, and tragically put to rest… which brings us to the preview images released for mideason finale "The World Before".

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Thora Birch as Gamma- The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

Finding themselves burying one of their own and with a traitor in their midst, tensions between and within the communities continue to rise as the drumbeat of war grows louder and louder…

"The Walking Dead" season 10, episode 8 "The World Before":A fight causes tensions in Oceanside while the Alexandrians set out on a high-stakes mission. Directed by John Dahl and written by Julia Ruchman.

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Sydney Park as Cyndie, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Avianna Mynhier as Rachel – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

"The Walking Dead" Season 10 "The World Before": The Drumbeat of War Grows Louder [PREVIEW IMAGES]

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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Avianna Mynhier as Rachel, Dan Fogler as Luke, Danai Gurira as Michonne – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

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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Cooper Andrews as Jerry, Ross Marquand as Aaron, Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Angel Theory as Kelly, Nadia Hilker as Magna – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

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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Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

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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