The Walking Dead has Returned at least for one episode. Except, now it’s not the Season 10 finale. A lot has happened with AMC’s zombie universe mothership because the last new episode aired.
It had been announced in September that not only would six additional Season 10 episodes be taken to air sometime in 2021, but the series would end following an abysmal season to air at an even later date. Knowing now that The Walking Dead will end after its following season takes quite a bit of a bite out of what would normally be a high-stakes Season 10 finale. Warning: The following contains spoilers for Season 10, Episode 16 of The Walking Dead, titled”A Certain Doom.
There is no way the series would kill Off what few of its memorable characters are left. In their place, a string of newbies have come and gone–some semi-memorable, others not so much, none of them fully filling the emptiness of cherished characters.
The Walking Dead Season 10
Now, understanding the show will end after next season, it’s obvious the show wouldn’t eliminate a couple of long-lasting characters that are abandoned until the series ends. That is definitely something that the show would save for a series finale, to leave things on a strong note.
The issue is, that’s not going to happen either. When it was Announced the Walking Dead would end after Season 11, AMC also disclosed a spin-off is in the works that follow the ongoing adventures of Carol and Daryl. Basically, this means they’re untouchable. No matter what situation you may locate them in prior to the conclusion of the show, they’re not going anyplace.
With their deaths off the table, that leaves characters like Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) as the most emotional punches the show could throw at its final season, so why could they be killed off today? Then there’s Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The once engaging and disturbing villain is now a fantastic man and not so exciting. Would his departure actually mean just as much as it’d have a couple of seasons ago?
So imagine our surprise they aren’t killed in this event. In reality, while this setup features the last conflict with the Whisperers along with also the passing of Beta (Ryan Hurst), it happens with minimal collateral damage. Even Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), who looks like he won’t make it out of this episode alive, is rescued by a returning Maggie (Lauren Cohan).
Frankly, Maggie’s return is the best thing about the incident, Even though it was the worst kept secret imaginable. Cohan appeared at the show’s Comic-Con panel along with her personality is featured in the trailer. A surprise like this could have packed a wonderful punch if it had not been spoiled ahead of time. So far as legitimate surprises go, the debut of the Commonwealth at least teased what is coming next.
This is where we are at leading into the final episodes of The Walking Dead. Oddly, facing the end of its lifetime, this is the safest The Walking Dead has ever felt. That’s a hell of an odd place to be for a series that was After an unpredictable and stimulating dose of horror.