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I Have Seen ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 10 Finale, At Long Last

One of the weirdest entertainment aftershocks of the pandemic was what happened to the last season of The Walking Dead, where the entirety of season 10 was able to be aired except for the season 10 finale, which was supposed to arrive last April, but instead will be live next Sunday, October 4, now that post-production work on the episode has finally finished.

AMC sent me a screener of the finale early and I am now able to share my spoiler-free thoughts on the episode that fans have been waiting six full months for.

It’s…a bit of an anti-climax.

That’s really the best way I can describe it, given that we have been waiting both two years for the end of the Whisperer storyline and six months for this episode in particular. Yes, I suppose that this might have not been as big of a deal were that delay not in place, but I did find myself somewhat underwhelmed with the final result.

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When we last left our heroes, most of them were trapped in a building complex surrounded by thousands of Beta’s horde, infiltrated with Whispers, as they try to crush the last of Rick’s group in the wake of Alpha’s death.

We have already seen from previews that the gang is trying to do the old “guts trick” to make their way out through the horde, and then lead them away with a plan I will not fully detail, but it’s something you might expect based on your knowledge of what kinds of things might lure walkers away.

The resulting sequence here is one that mirrors the famous season 6 episode where Rick and Carl made their way through the walker horde that overran Alexandria. You know, the one where Carl lost his eye and Rick left Jesse to get eaten by Walkers?

Suffice to say that this season 10 scene is similarly dangerous, if not more so because there are also Whispers in the crowd waiting to stab people they spot, and yet the entire thing doesn’t really match the version of this same scene from all those years ago. It’s just not as intense, and it does not produce as meaningful a final result (I won’t speak on who does or doesn’t die here, but it ain’t on the scale of Carl’s eye moment, that’s for sure).

We also know from the previews that Maggie is returning, but again, it’s sort of an anti-climax as to how she shows up, even if she does prove imminently helpful to save at least three characters that probably would have died otherwise. We also learn a tiny bit more about the person in the metal mask that was glimpsed in the trailer, though they remain a mystery overall, and no, we don’t know who is under that mask yet. Even comic readers don’t really have a clue, myself included. This seems like an entirely new creation for the show.

Of course there’s a final showdown with Beta, given that this is the conclusion of the Whisperer arc, but it does not involve the “good guys” that I thought it would, and again, this sequence felt a bit anti-climactic to me as well.

I have to be extremely vague here, but I will say that this episode is a very, very clear ending to the Whisperer arc and a very clear beginning to the next storyline, the Commonwealth, from the comics, as we check in with Eugene and company far away from all this, and it’s a clear lead-in to what’s coming next.

I’m sorry but I just didn’t love this finale. It was fine, but lacked any real surprises or emotional moments. Even Maggie’s return, which should have been a huge, impactful thing, doesn’t really land.

I still have faith for season 11 and the 30 odd episodes we have left as the series marches towards its end (well, in a sense, since we’re getting a Daryl and Carol show), but this could have ended better, and was a lacking finale for what was otherwise a great two years of episodes for the most part.

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Source: Forbes – Business

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