The Walking Dead (season 10)
|The Walking Dead (season 10)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Original release||October 6, 2019 –|
The tenth season of The Walking Dead, an American post-apocalyptic horror television series on AMC premiered on October 6, 2019. The second half of the season is set to premiere on February 23, 2020. Developed for television by Frank Darabont, the series is based on the eponymous series of comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The executive producers are Kirkman, David Alpert, Scott M. Gimple, Angela Kang, Greg Nicotero, Joseph Incaprera, Denise Huth, and Gale Anne Hurd, with Kang as showrunner for the second consecutive season.
This season adapts material from issue #145 onward of the comic book series and focuses on the group's preparation and war against the Whisperers. Several months after the massacre during the community's fair done by Alpha (Samantha Morton), the season focuses on the united communities as they initiate a fight in order to end the threat of the Whisperers.
The tenth season features nineteen series regulars overall. Ryan Hurst, Eleanor Matsuura, Cooper Andrews, Nadia Hilker, Cailey Fleming, Cassady McClincy, and Lauren Ridloff were all promoted to series regular status, after previously having recurring roles. Hurst is added to the opening credits, while the rest are credited as "also starring".
- Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, a southern redneck and Rick's former right-hand man. He is a skilled hunter and a former recruiter for Alexandria.
- Danai Gurira as Michonne, a katana-wielding warrior and Rick's former romantic partner. She is also adoptive mother to Judith and mother to her and Rick's child.
- Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, a survivor who has overcome several traumas, is a skilled and ingenious fighter, and now resides at Alexandria. She is also ex-wife to Ezekiel.
- Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, a pragmatic member of the group who is mother to her and Siddiq's child. She is also in a relationship with Gabriel.
- Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter, an intelligent survivor who has overcome his fear of walkers. He also fell in love with Rosita.
- Seth Gilliam as Gabriel Stokes, a priest and head of the council of Alexandria who has reconciled his beliefs with what needs to be done to survive. He is in a relationship with Rosita.
- Ross Marquand as Aaron, a former recruiter from Alexandria who lost his arm in an accident and adoptive father to Gracie.
- Khary Payton as Ezekiel, the charismatic former leader of the Kingdom and ex-husband to Carol.
- Ryan Hurst as Beta, the second-in-command of the Whisperers.
- Samantha Morton as Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers, a mysterious group of survivors who wear the skins of walkers to mask their presence and the main antagonist of the season.
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, the reformed former leader of the Saviors who is incarcerated at Alexandria. He formed a parental bond with Michonne's adoptive daughter, Judith.
- Callan McAuliffe as Alden, a former member of the Saviors who resides at the Hilltop and now vows a retaliation against the Whisperers. He is also Enid's former love interest.
- Avi Nash as Siddiq, a doctor for Alexandria who is the father to his and Rosita's child. He is suffering from PTSD due to being a key witness to Alpha's killings of several members of his group.
- Eleanor Matsuura as Yumiko, Magna's girlfriend who's a proficient archer.
- Cooper Andrews as Jerry, a former resident of the Kingdom and Ezekiel's right-hand man who is in a relationship with Nabila.
- Nadia Hilker as Magna, the feisty former leader of a small group of roaming survivors.
- Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes, the daughter of Lori Grimes and Shane Walsh, and adopted daughter of Rick and Michonne.
- Cassady McClincy as Lydia, Alpha's daughter and former Whisperer, who now resides in Alexandria. She is also Henry's former love interest.
- Lauren Ridloff as Connie, a deaf former member of Magna's group who forms a close bond with Daryl.
- Lindsley Register as Laura, a former lieutenant of the Saviors who is a member of the council of Alexandria.
- Kenric Green as Scott, a supply runner in Alexandria.
- Mandi Christine Kerr as Barbara, a resident of Alexandria.
- Tamara Austin as Nora, a member of the council of Alexandria and Michonne's friend.
- Jennifer Riker as Mrs. Robinson, a resident and gardener of Alexandria.
- Anabelle Holloway as Gracie, the adoptive daughter of Aaron.
- Antony Azor as Rick "R.J." Grimes Jr., the son of Rick and Michonne.
- Juan Javier Cardenas as Dante, Siddiq's wise-cracking medical assistant and a spy for the Whisperers.
- Jerri Tubbs as Margo, a former member of the Highwaymen who resents Lydia.
- David Shae as Alfred, a former member of the Highwaymen and Margo's friend.
- Dan Fogler as Luke, a former music teacher who has come to appreciate safety in numbers.
- Angel Theory as Kelly, Connie's protective sister who has a gradual hearing loss.
- John Finn as Earl Sutton, the Hilltop's blacksmith and former husband to Tammy.
- Nadine Marissa as Nabila, a former resident and gardener of the Kingdom and Jerry's wife.
- Karen Ceesay as Bertie, a resident of the Hilltop.
- James Chen as Kal, a protector and guardian of the Hilltop.
- Anthony Lopez as Oscar, a resident of the Hilltop.
- Gustavo Gomez as Marco, a supply runner of the Hilltop.
- Kerry Cahill as Dianne, one of Ezekiel's top soldiers and a skilled archer.
- Jackson Pace as Gage, a resident of the Hilltop who now resents Lydia over the deaths of his friends.
- Sydney Park as Cyndie, a young woman who is the leader of the Oceanside community.
- Avianna Mynhier as Rachel Ward, a teenage member of Oceanside, who represents her community.
- Kevin Carroll as Virgil, a survivor who is looking for his family.
- Matt Lintz as Henry, the adopted son of Carol and Ezekiel who was killed by Alpha in the ninth season, appears in Carol's hallucinations. He is also Lydia's former love interest.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||U.S. viewers|
|132||1||"Lines We Cross"||Greg Nicotero||Angela Kang||October 6, 2019||4.00|
|Months after the winter storm, the communities thrive without any signs of the Whisperers, though Michonne insists they respect Alpha's border to avoid further conflict. After a Whisperer mask washes ashore at Oceanside and a skin is found in the woods nearby, the groups are put on high alert. They observe an old Soviet Union satellite crash to the earth within the Whisperers' boundary; Michonne agrees to send fire-extinguish crews to prevent the fire's spread. Daryl and Carol wander off on their own, where Carol spots Alpha, who is watching her.|
|133||2||"We Are the End of the World"||Greg Nicotero||Nicole Mirante-Matthews||October 13, 2019||3.47|
|A Whisperer holds resentment towards Alpha for forcing her to abandon her child; she attacks Alpha in the midst of a walker herd but her sister, Gamma, kills her, earning Alpha's respect. Beta discovers a shrine that Alpha has dedicated to Lydia, where Alpha reveals that she lied to the Whisperers about killing Lydia; Alpha destroys the shrine to prove that Lydia is "dead" to her. Beta informs Alpha of the satellite crash, leading Alpha to return to the border to investigate; she spots Carol from a distance. Flashbacks detail how Alpha met Beta and formed the basis for the Whisperers.|
|134||3||"Ghosts"||David Boyd||Jim Barnes||October 20, 2019||3.48|
|The group in Alexandria defends the community against constant waves of walkers, leading the survivors to suspect that Alpha is sending the walkers. Negan earns Aaron's trust after saving him from walkers riddled with hogweed. Gamma arrives in Alexandria and tells the group to meet Alpha at the border, where Alpha demands more land as punishment for crossing into her territory; Carol tries to kill Alpha after she boasts about Henry's death, but Michonne and Daryl stop her.|
|135||4||"Silence the Whisperers"||Michael Cudlitz||Geraldine Inoa||October 27, 2019||3.31|
|At Hilltop, a tree collapses and knocks down the wall; the survivors defend the community from an invasion of walkers. As it is believed that the tree was knocked over by the Whisperers, Lydia is attacked by a group of Alexandrians; Negan saves her, accidentally killing one of the attackers in the process. The council is conflicted on what to do with Negan, but Negan goes missing, putting the community on high alert. A depressed Ezekiel nearly attempts suicide, but Michonne intervenes. Michonne, Judith, Luke, and others travel to Oceanside to help the community with walkers.|
|136||5||"What It Always Is"||Laura Belsey||Eli Jorné||November 3, 2019||3.09|
|Kelly becomes disoriented due to her hearing loss and gets lost in the woods, but is later found by Daryl, Connie, and Magna. Aaron encounters Gamma and offers her bandages after she cuts her hand; Gamma flees and informs Alpha of their interaction. Negan is found and joined by Brandon; Brandon murders a mother and her son in an effort to impress Negan, leading Negan to kill him. At Hilltop, the community works to rebuild the wall, while Ezekiel reveals to Siddiq that he has thyroid cancer. Magna reveals to Yumiko that she killed a man who attacked her young cousin, causing a rift between the two. Negan crosses into the Whisperers' territory and is attacked by Beta.|
|137||6||"Bonds"||Dan Liu||Kevin Deiboldt||November 10, 2019||3.21|
|Carol and Daryl set out to destroy Alpha's walker horde; after Carol captures a Whisperer, Daryl becomes skeptical of Carol's intentions. At Alexandria, Rosita and several other survivors become ill after Gamma contaminates Alexandria's water supply with walker blood. Eugene talks to a stranger from an unknown community over the radio, but insists that he will keep their communication a secret for the safety of both parties. Negan is put through tests by Beta to prove his worth; he later vows his loyalty to Alpha and is seemingly accepted into the group.|
|138||7||"Open Your Eyes"||Michael Cudlitz||Corey Reed||November 17, 2019||3.31|
|Carol interrogates the captured Whisperer, during which the Whisperer praises Alpha for claiming to have killed Lydia; he is later poisoned to death by Dante. Carol plans to turn the Whisperers against Alpha for lying about Lydia's death. Gamma meets Aaron at the border, where she holds him at knifepoint; Carol and Lydia arrive, leading Gamma to flee in shock over Lydia's survival. Lydia flees into the woods after realizing that Carol used her. Siddiq suddenly recognizes Dante as a Whisperer present during the pike beheadings, leading Dante to strangle Siddiq to death to protect his identity.|
|139||8||"The World Before"||John Dahl||Julia Ruchman||November 24, 2019||3.21|
|Dante's identity as a Whisperer spy is exposed after he attacks Rosita; he is revealed to be responsible for many recent incidents within the community. Dante is imprisoned for his actions, but Gabriel later murders him in his cell. Oceanside encounters a man named Virgil, whom they initially suspect to be a Whisperer; Virgil eventually offers to lead Michonne to a naval base containing valuable weapons. While searching for Alpha's horde alongside Daryl, Aaron, Magna, Connie, Kelly, and Jerry, Carol spots and chases after Alpha; the group follows behind, where they are lured into a cave, surrounded by Alpha's horde.|
In February 2019, the series was renewed for a tenth season. Filming began in May 2019. Andrew Lincoln expressed interest in directing an episode for season 10, however, he was not able to due to scheduling conflicts. Michael Cudlitz, who directed an episode in season 9, returned to direct the fourth and seventh episodes of season 10. Production for season 10 was completed in November 2019.
In February 2019, it was announced that Danai Gurira, who portrays Michonne, would exit the series in the tenth season. Gurira will appear in a limited capacity, in a handful of episodes that will be interspersed throughout the season. Later, in July 2019, Gurira confirmed her exit at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and stated:
|“||I can confirm this is the last season I'll be on this amazing TV show as Michonne. I would just like to say this has been one of the purest joys in my life. I am very very thankful for the experience I've had in ways that I can't even express right now. My heart does not leave... it doesn't ever end, the connection between us never ends. It was a very difficult decision. It was about my calling and other things I feel called to... as a creator of work. All I'm filled with is a lot of pain about leaving and a lot of gratitude and to all of you. I love you guys. TWD family is forever.||”|
In July 2019, it was announced that Thora Birch and Kevin Carroll had been cast; Birch plays Gamma, a member of the Whisperers, and Carroll plays Virgil, a survivor looking for his family. Regarding Lauren Cohan's status on the show as Maggie Greene, showrunner Angela Kang remarked in July 2019, "I'll just say that we're working on it." Cohan left The Walking Dead in its ninth season to star in the TV series Whiskey Cavalier, however that series was canceled after one season. In October 2019, Kang affirmed Cohan would return as a series regular in season 11, but also hinted towards her appearance in the second half of season 10. Kang said that in developing season, even before knowing of Cohan's return, they had kept seeding that Maggie was still considered part of the ongoing narrative so that they could work in her return if she had the opportunity.
Early critical response to season 10 has been very positive. The critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reads, "A few changes in front of and behind the camera allow TWD to switch things up, creating space for compelling new stories and some scary new adversaries". Commenting on the season premiere, Comicbook.com called it a "perfect return"; Decider wrote that the episode "is gross, scary, and big budget storytelling the way only Walking Dead can do. Season 10 is already off to a promising start"; and Forbes wrote, "The writing remains on point, the direction is solid. The show is still in a good place."
In further reviews based upon the first three episodes available to critics, Forbes wrote that "They're all good episodes, and I think I liked each one more than the last" and "they're very solid and continue my confidence in the Angela Kang era of the show, showing that season 9 wasn't a fluke. The show is genuinely good now, and I can't wait to see what's next. Comicbook.com praised the series for its horror elements, writing "The Walking Dead Season 10 recaptures the same tone of raw realism established by first-season showrunner Frank Darabont, expanding on it with a flavoring that is deliciously eerie. Not only is The Walking Dead straight-up scary, it often feels like a genuine horror movie, a feat achieved either through atmosphere and tension-building or pop-up spooks."
|1||"Lines We Cross"||October 6, 2019||1.4||4.00||0.9||2.31||2.3||6.32|
|2||"We Are the End of the World"||October 13, 2019||1.3||3.47||0.9||2.16||2.2||5.64|
|3||"Ghosts"||October 20, 2019||1.2||3.48||0.8||2.12||2.0||5.61|
|4||"Silence the Whisperers"||October 27, 2019||1.1||3.31||0.9||2.20||2.0||5.51|
|5||"What It Always Is"||November 3, 2019||1.0||3.09||1.0||2.25||2.0||5.35|
|6||"Bonds"||November 10, 2019||1.1||3.21||0.8||2.23||1.9||5.45|
|7||"Open Your Eyes"||November 17, 2019||1.1||3.31||0.9||2.11||2.0||5.43|
|8||"The World Before"||November 24, 2019||1.0||3.21||0.8||2.10||1.8||5.32|
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