With 2021 and 2022 looking to be two years of major change throughout The Walking Dead universe, many are wondering what the endgame will be as the franchise series ends its run with a 24-episode 11th season. Adding into that mix the Civil Republic Military- or CRM. The shadow of this near cult-like para-military organization looms over Fear the Walking Dead and two-season limited series The Walking Dead: World Beyond, but it's what they pulled off on TWD that's gotten them the biggest attention: took off with Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes- leading to the previously-announced film series focusing on his time after the black helicopter took off in the ninth season. But since the news and teaser were first dropped, things have been pretty quiet- at least until this week. Or so fans thought. TWD director Rosemary Rodriguez (S07E07 "Sing Me a Song," S08E02 "The Damned," and S09E04 "The Obliged") took to Twitter this week to express one of her TWD-related wishes for the new year- a wish shared by millions of fans out there. But then it took on a bit of a life of its own.
Here's a look at Rodriguez's tweet, which if we're being honest? It came across a lot more like a "hopeful wish" retweet response to the official show's Twitter account asking, "What are you most looking forward to in 2021?".
— Rosemary Rodriguez (@rosemarydirects) December 28, 2020
But that's not exactly how it was taken, with social media and some sites running the tweet as confirmation that the film was on its way sometime during the new year. Apparently, the buzz grew loud enough that Rodriguez posted two follow-up tweets to clarify that she was expressing her "hope and dream" for 2021- and that as much as she would love to, she's not directing the film, either:
That's just my hope and dream… https://t.co/VTA8bUqGLD
— Rosemary Rodriguez (@rosemarydirects) December 29, 2020
No, I wish! I'm expressing my hopes for 2021! https://t.co/2EObGSQmyJ
— Rosemary Rodriguez (@rosemarydirects) December 29, 2020
Here's a look back at the behind-the-scenes video released for season 10c, followed by a mini-season overview and the episode intel (with the updated table read videos, including today's clip from "Find Me") that were released. Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Perry Mason, Scorpion) as Mays, Hilarie Burton Morgan (One Tree Hill, White Collar, Friday Night In with the Morgans) as Lucille, and new co-star Okea Eme-Akwari (Greenland, Cobra Kai) as Elijah are set to join the cast. The six new episodes will debut Sunday, February 28 at 9 pm ET/8CT, followed by a new episode of Talking Dead each week.
Last on The Walking Dead, we witnessed the fall of Alpha (Samantha Morton) and the end of the Whisperers War. The Kingdom had fallen, Hilltop was virtually destroyed and Alexandria abandoned to prepare for final battle. Our survivors were trapped and separated from one another. Yet, when faced with almost certain death, they rallied together to fight, killing Beta (Ryan Hurst) and eliminating the threat of the horde.
In these six new episodes, we find our survivors trying to pick themselves up by their bootstraps following the destruction the Whisperers left in their wake. The years of struggle weigh upon them as past traumas surface, exposing their more vulnerable sides. As they question the state of humanity, the state of their collective community, and the states of their minds, will they find the inner strength to persevere with their lives, friendships, and group intact?
EPISODE 1017 – "Home Sweet Home": Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has returned with a story she is not ready to share, even when her past catches up to her. Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) safety is at stake again. Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie fight an unseen and unknown threat. Director: David Boyd / Writers: Kevin Deiboldt & Corey Reed.
EPISODE 1018 – "Find Me": An adventure for Daryl and Carol (Melissa McBride) turns sideways when they come across an old cabin. It takes Daryl back to the years when he left the group after Rick disappeared as he relives a time that only the apocalypse could manifest. Director: David Boyd / Writer: Nicole Mirante-Matthews.
EPISODE 1019 – "One More": Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) search for food and supplies to bring back to Alexandria. Small tragedies lead to bigger tragedies as faith is broken and optimism is fragmented when they are put to the ultimate test. Director: Laura Belsey / Writers: Erik Mountain & Jim Barnes.
EPISODE 1020 – "Splinter": Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Ezekiel (Khary Payton), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), and Princess (Paola Lázaro) are captured and separated. Princess struggles with memories of her traumatic past and tries to escape one way or another with the help of Ezekiel. Director: Laura Belsey / Writers: Julia Ruchman & Vivian Tse.
EPISODE 1021 – "Diverged": Daryl and Carol come to a fork in the road and head their separate ways. Each going into their own type of survival mode, the easiest of challenges become much harder. Will their individual journeys be the tipping point needed to mend their friendship or is the distance between them permanent? Director: David Boyd / Writer: Heather Bellson.
EPISODE 1022 – "Here's Negan": Carol takes Negan on a journey, hoping to minimize the increasing tension. Negan reflects on the events that led him to this point and comes to a conclusion about his future. Director: Laura Belsey / Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.
About That TWD Universe Thanksgiving Image
The annual tradition of releasing a The Walking Dead Thanksgiving dinner image continued this year- with some "interesting" character decisions and placement. Negan at the head of the table- with Fear TWD's Ginny by his side, seeking council? Maggie (with Little Hershel and Elijah by her side) now has a set at the table- and she appears to be staring holes through Negan, along with Magda. Fear TWD's Morgan, Strand, and Alicia are also represented circling the table, as is TWD: World Beyond's Felix.
Seeing Connie in the distance has us feeling that she won't be back with the main group for a while- though having her next to one of the "The End is the Beginning" tag from Fear TWD has us nervous. We're big fans of what it is that Carol's reading- but is Daryl looking back towards her or someone/something else? And let's not forget about Yumiko, Eugene, Princess, and King Ezekiel off in the distance but making their way closer- but who's the silhouetted cowboy-horse combo off in the distance? Hmmm… let the speculation begin!