The final battle of the Whisperer War is here.
“The Walking Dead” had to stop production due to the coronavirus in April, leaving the expected season 1
0 finale in limbo as it was not completed. Almost six months later, it finally arrived … and it was really satisfying.
The previous episode ended on an incredible cliffhanger, with Beta showing up outside the hospital where all the survivors were holed up, with an army of zombies and Whisperers behind him.
The hour began with Gabriel rallying troops for war, as viewers caught a glimpse of some other characters not at the hospital We saw Aaron and Alden fight some Whisperers in the woods before making contact with someone we will call “The Man In the Iron Mask”, one of Maggie’s friends, for now. Speaking of Maggie, she returned after learning the fate of Jesus, Tara, Enid and everyone else killed by the Whisperers. Wow, she was out of the loop!
There was also a quick glimpse of Virgil returning to an abandoned Oceanside after parting with Michonne. He later ran into Connie, who is thankfully alive after the cave collapsed and will hopefully guide him in the direction of the other survivors.
Let’s go back to the meat of the episode.
Survivors devised a plan to lure walkers away from the hospital, in the style of Pied Piper. First, a faction of them – including Carol, Daryl, Kelly, Jerry, Magna, Beatrice, and Luke – got guts to sneak out, while the archers took out any Whisperers Lydia could spot from an observation point. The only victim was Beatrice, who was torn apart by a group of hungry walkers after a Whisperer cut her ankle, causing her to scream. It was a bad death, but the only one from the survivor’s side.
The others then hooked up a stereo system to one of the horse-drawn carriages and lured the zombies by blowing up Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”.
The wagon was eventually overrun by hikers after dark, but Lydia – who picked up some hints from her mother – was able to drive them away by wearing a leather mask. Meanwhile, the other survivors have begun to take out the Whisperers among the horde one by one.
The highlight of the episode came later, when Beta came face to face with Negan and Daryl in leather. As he beat Negan and prepared to kill him, Daryl swooped in and stabbed him both eyes with a pair of knives. Another brutal death, made even more serious when Beta pulled the knives out of his skull before he died.
As his mask was ripped off to finally reveal the face of actor Ryan Hurst, a shocked Negan asked, “Fuck, you know who that asshole is?” As Daryl replied, “Yes, nobody”, it was just a final confirmation that Hurst’s character was a famous rocker before he became Alpha’s # 2.
Lydia led the walkers to a nearby cliff and was ready to walk with them, before Carol intervened and vowed to “finish” her herself. Since AMC has already announced a spin-off starring both Carol and Daryl following the end of “The Walking Dead,” any fear it was actually about to take off went out the window. Lydia swooped in at the last second and dragged her behind a rock, while the zombies still came out of the ravine.
Meanwhile, Maggie and her masked mystery man – seriously, what’s her deal ?! – connected with the other survivors, Carol told Daryl that she no longer intended to leave them behind and Eugene’s group finally arrived at the train station to meet the woman on the radio, Stephanie.
They were late and feared that she had already left wherever she calls home. They were right, since he didn’t say hello. Instead, they were surrounded by heavily armed, Stormtrooper-looking soldiers.
So who am I? Well, anyone who doesn’t want comic spoilers, stop reading this recap now. For those who don’t care, these guys’ armor is a perfect match with what Commonwealth guards wear in the source material. The Commonwealth was introduced towards the end of the comic’s run as a fully developed, walled community in which life seemed to flow almost as before the outbreak. Like all communities on this program, however, it has some dirty secrets.
Expect to see that community and where Maggie is when the six additional episodes are added to the Season 10 broadcast in early 2021. Until then, both “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” – a two-season spin-off. – and “Fear the Walking Dead” will air new episodes every Sunday on AMC.