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SDCC ’20: ‘The Walking Dead’ panel

Season 10 finale air date, new episodes, and much more.

At 1:00 pm PDT today, ComicCon@Home 2020 held its panel for AMC’s The Walking Dead. A description of the panel from Comic-Con’s website is copied below along with an embedded recording of the live stream.

If you’re one of those folks who prefers to read things (or just wants the highlights), then scroll a little further for our commentary about the event.

‘The Walking Dead’ will make its 11th San Diego Comic-Con appearance with a panel spotlighting “A Certain Doom, ” which will air as a standalone episode later this year. Moderated by Chris Hardwick (‘Talking Dead’), the panel will feature TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang, executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode, and cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, and Paola Lazaro. In The Walking Dead episode 1016, “A Certain Doom, ” Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War.

 

The following is a very condensed summary of the 1-hour panel’s biggest highlights.


Chris Hardwick opened the panel by revealing that the Season 10 finale will air Sunday October 4 at 9:00 pm EDT followed by the first episode of The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

He then showed a clip from the opening minutes of the finale, most of which we’ve already seen. The new stuff ends with Beta (who has gone completely crazy) “instructing” his horde to attack the compound.

Showrunner Angela Kang: Beta had to find another voice to tell him what to do now that Alpha is dead. The horde has basically become like the “crowd” from his country music days.

With Maggie returning, the dynamic between her and Negan is going to be very tough. She hasn’t seen his attempts to redeem himself. Now the man who killed her husband is out walking around and growing tomatoes.

Excited to see what happens with Beta, Carol’s revenge arc, and excited the Commonwealth comes into play.

Big reveal: Season 11 will definitely not be airing this year, but Season 10 is being extended by 6 episodes that will air in 2021.

Director Greg Nicotero: Beta’s herd will represent a much more difficult challenge for the protagonists to escape from. Unlike the time when they smeared walker guts on themselves to remain hidden, this group also has Whisperers inside of it.

Norman Reedus (Daryl): Daryl still has lots of trust issues. He’s trying to keep his promise to Michonne to watch over Judith and also watches his best friend Carol have a complete breakdown. He’s a tired, reluctant leader.

Melissa McBride (Carol): Carol is in the same place mentally as she was at the beginning of the season, but trying to make amends. Things with Daryl are still not good.

Khary Patyon (Ezekiel): His character is looking both toward adventure and away from his problems/death–basically looking for a fresh start with a limited amount of time to do it. He sees his impending death as something that actually frees him to push himself to do whatever it takes.

Ross Marquand (Aaron): Loved the way his scene with Alden and him encountering the masked stranger came together.

The Walking Dead Masked Stranger

Lauren Cohan (Maggie): Maggie is not just here for a visit–she’s completely back in the fold. She’s also been in communication with Carol via hidden letters.

Very excited about Judith meeting Maggie’s son, Herschel. Also excited for her first encounter with Negan, who she is totally going to want to kill.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan): Pointed out that to be fair, Negan has saved a lot of Maggie’s friends in the last year.

As far as Herschel is concerned, his character clearly has a soft spot for kids. Negan would totally be down for meeting Maggie’s son and would have no problem being completely honest with him about who he is.

On whether he’ll ever replace Lucille: Negan hasn’t had the weapon in almost a decade, so he’s likely moved on…for now. He really liked the scene in The Walking Dead comic (issue #159) where Negan loses Lucille and wishes they could have filmed that.

The Walking Dead Lucille Death

(The Walking Dead/Image Comic)

Seth Gilliam (Gabriel): Gabriel has embraced his leadership role and has a purpose now. Also loves the damaged eye contact he has to wear (seriously).

Josh McDermitt (Eugene): Eugene is connecting with Stephanie on a level he never connected with Rosita on. They have a lot in common. What’s going to be interesting is seeing what they might not have in common. That being said, this might be the first truly healthy relationship he’s ever been in.

Paola Lázaro (Princess): Would love to have scenes with Negan in the upcoming episodes. War of words between them would be a lot of fun. Also really wants Carol to like Princess.

Walking Dead Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple: Teased the possibility of spin off episodes/miniseries focusing on individual characters at the onset of the apocalypse.

Also says the final five minutes of The Walking Dead Season 10 finale (?) will take the show in a completely different place.

 

 

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