One of the many things to admire about The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang is her keen ability to always be looking ahead – thinking beyond even the season to come when mapping out the core series' universe. Which is why we weren't surprised to see her discussing the AMC series' tenth season finale with EW – even with the series still three days away from its February 23 return.
Our biggest takeaway? It looks like we'll be getting something much bigger than just dangling plotlines to eat up our brains during the summer months. Smells like we're getting a pretty decently-sized cliffhanger – here's what Kang had to say:
● With the finale in post-production, Kang hopes the season-ender will be as "epic" as they intended – and urges viewers to pay attention to every episode leading-up:
"We're working on the last chapter in post-production right now. I hope it's really exciting for the fans. We've really tried to deliver something that feels epic. I'll say as a preview to getting towards the end, it gets really important to watch every episode, because as we get closer and closer to the finale, things of massive importance happen in every episode moving forward for now."
● Viewers shouldn't expect big things to happen only in the finale – and that the season-ender will include some new elements:
"So there is some stuff that could feel like a finale, smack in the middle of the run of the back half. So there's some cool stuff. At the finale itself, there's some really big emotional important things that happen, as well as some new stuff, which will hopefully be surprising for people."
● Oh, and about that "cliffhanger" talk? Kange confirms there will be one – and she hopes it's "exciting":
"I'll just say that there's some big stuff and there is a cliffhanger, without getting into what exactly that is. But I think hopefully it will be exciting."
When AMC's The Walking Dead returns for its second-half of season 10, our group of survivors are trapped… some in the confines of a cave filled with walkers… others, in a spiral of suspicion and grief — all orchestrated at the hand of Alpha, who continues to prove the Whisperers are always watching and one step ahead of the communities. Through this conflict and all they've lost, a few still hold onto hope, especially Eugene, who believes the mysterious voice he spoke with on the radio may lead to their world getting bigger once again.
But with the Whisperer War upon them, the collective communities must come together and possibly sacrifice all they have to find a way to silence the Whispers once and for all. Otherwise, Alpha will ensure they face a certain doom.
The cast and crew of The Walking Dead offer viewers a look at the season's final episodes:
"The Walking Dead" Season 10a 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, 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.
"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 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.