The Walking Dead apparently doesn’t need Rick Grimes to survive AMC’s apocalyptic ax. It’s doing well enough on its own, according to the network, as evidenced by the existence of season 10.
The renewal should quiet skeptics who have been wondering since the beginning of season 9 whether the show still has the legs to shamble on. It’s no secret that the last few years have been rough for The Walking Dead in terms of viewership. After the show posted its weakest ratings for a season premiere since season 2, with only 9.36 million viewers watching the season 9 opener, the viewership only continued to decline over the weeks, falling to 4.79 million during episode 7 before a slight improvement during the midseason finale, which posted 5.09 million viewers. The season finale scored 5.02 million viewers after a bit of a slump in the second half of the season.
While season 9 was a weak year in the ratings — although not as bad when compared to many of AMC’s other, more niche offerings — the show has continued to improve its storytelling. Under new showrunner Angela Kang, the series has seen three major shakeups that have brought back a bit of energy to the post-apocalyptic proceedings: the year-and-a-half time jump in the season opener, Rick and Maggie’s exit in episode 5, and a six-year time jump directly after that.
The Walking Dead season 10 is set to air the second half of its episodes soon. Here is everything you need to know:
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 9
The Walking Dead season 10 will return on February 23 at 9 p.m. ET for its midseason premiere.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Posters
The Walking Dead Season 10 Story
Here is the official synopsis for the second half of the season:
The Walking Dead returns to find our group of survivors are trapped. Some in the confines of a cave filled with walkers, while others are caught 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. Which includes the new and potentially deadly threat of having added Negan to their ranks.
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 Walking Dead Season 10 Episode Guide
Here’s where we’ll compile episode titles, official synopses, and reviews as they become available. Click the titles to go to the full reviews.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 1: Lines We Cross
The group in Oceanside continues to train in case the Whisperers return; tensions are high as the heroes struggle to hold onto their concept of civilization.
air date: 10/6/19
Read our review of “Lines We Cross” here.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 2: We Are the End of the World
A flashback reveals the origins of Alpha and Beta; Alpha attempts to toughen up Lydia as they prepare to walk with the dead; the Whisperers create their herds.
air date: 10/13/19
Read our review of “We Are the End of the World” here.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 3: Ghosts
The threat of the Whisperers return leads to paranoia sweeping over Alexandria; in the meantime, Carol battles with the need for revenge.
air date: 10/20/19
Read our review of “Ghosts” here.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 4: Silence the Whisperers
Still paranoid Alexandrians get riled up over the Whisperers and take their fear out on Negan; Back at Hilltop, the group deals with an unexpected safety issue.
air date: 10/27/19
Read our review of “Silence the Whisperers” here.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 5: What It Always Is
Supplies go missing from Hilltop; Negan is idolized by an Alexandrian; Ezekiel holds a secret.
air date: 11/3/19
Read our review of “What It Always Is” here.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 6: Bonds
Carol and Daryl go on a mission together; Siddiq struggles to solve a mystery.
air date: 11/10/19
Read our review of “Bonds” here.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 7: Open Your Eyes
Carol pushes boundaries that make Daryl uneasy; Alpha and Beta have reservations about someone.
air date: 11/17/19
Read our review of “Open Your Eyes” here.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 8: The World Before
A fight causes tensions in Oceanside; The Alexandrians set out on a high-stakes mission.
air date: 11/24/19
Read our review of “The World Before” here.
The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 9: Squeeze
The collected communities are reluctantly respecting the new borderlines being imposed on them. The very idea of whether civilisation can survive in a world filled with the dead hangs in the balance.
air date: 2/23/20
The Walking Dead Season 10 Cast
We expect all surviving cast members to return as well, and for Daryl and Carol to continue at the forefront of the show. Unfortunately, this will be Danai Gurira’s final season as Michonne on The Walking Dead. More on that here.
We have some good news too, though. Seven cast members have been promoted to series regulars: Cailey Fleming (Judith), Cassady McClincy (Lydia), Lauren Ridloff (Connie), Eleanor Matsuura (Yumiko), Nadia Hilker (Magna), Ryan Hurst (Beta), and Cooper Andrews (Jerry).
Showrunner Angela Kang has also revealed that AMC is currently in talks with Lauren Cohan to see her return as Maggie. It sounds like it’s very early days on that front, though, so don’t expect her to show up at the very beginning of the season.
It’s also been revealed that we’ll get to meet the show’s version of Dante, a character from the comics who’s yet to make it to the screen. Dante is described as a fast-talking rogue and will be played by Juan Javier Cardenas (Snowfall).
Two new cast members were revealed during the series’ SDCC 2019 panel: Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers) has also joined the cast as a character named Virgil, who is described as ” a highly intelligent and resourceful man who is desperately trying to get home to his family.” You can see the first look at his character below:
Meanwhile, Thora Birch (Ghost World) will play a Whisperer named Gamma, who is described as “fiercely protective” of Alpha. Here’s your first look at Gamma, with and without her horrifying mask:
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