Jeffrey Dean Morgan opens up about the massive season 10 finale of The Walking Dead and what it will mean for Beta, Alexandria, and The Whisperer War.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan teased a massive showdown with the Whisperers in the yet-to-air finale of the most recent season of The Walking Dead. Morgan’s character Negan, formerly the series’ big bad, enjoyed a redemptive arc in season 10; Negan kills Alpha after infiltrating the Whisperers, proving his loyalty to Alexandria. Unbeknownst to the viewer, this was all part of a plan devised by Carol to enact her revenge on Alpha.
Following Alpha’s death, the Whisperers look to Beta for guidance. Episode 15, “The Tower,” sees Beta, Alpha’s decapitated head (which he talks to) and a horde of walkers and Whisperers bringing the war to Alexandria. Having been aware of the approaching Whisperers, most of Alexandria flees to a nearby hospital. “The Tower” ends with Beta finding our heroes held up in the hospital tower (except for Daryl and Judith).
Episode 16 of The Walking Dead’s 10th season, “A Certain Doom,” was supposed to air on April 12th. Although filming of season 10 wrapped last November, post-production on The Walking Dead’s season finale was unable to be completed due to COVID-19. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and his wife Hilarie Burton recently called into EW Live to talk about their AMC talk show, Friday Night In with The Morgans. During the discussion, Morgan opened up about his experience filming season 10 and what to expect in the finale:
I think obviously things are going to come to some sort of a head with the Beta and his character. There has to be some sort of resolution. Whether that carries over to next season. I’ll leave that open, because who knows. But we know he’s coming to wipe everybody out with his zombie horde so hopefully, we’ll see that come to a head at some point. There has to be some sort of battle. Greg Nicotero directed it, so it’s going to be a big massive episode for sure.
Greg Nicotero’s affinity for special effects is most likely one of the reasons post took longer on the season finale. Nicotero directed every premiere and finale of The Walking Dead since season 5 (a handful of significant episodes). That said, Nicotero is also set to direct the first upcoming and untitled Rick Grimes spin-off movie, which is being written by Scott M. Gimple. Angela Kang took over as The Walking Dead’s showrunner from Gimple in 2018 (season 9). In Morgan’s interview with EW Live, he expresses gratitude to Kang’s handling of revitalized direction.
No one knows when filming for season 11 of The Walking Dead will begin nor when we will see the season 10 finale (although Morgan muses within 4-5 months). When we do see it, it might feel more like a cinematic event than anything directly tied to what we last saw in April. A lot is poised to happen; Maggie’s return has been confirmed, something that will not only affect the conflict with Beta but complicate Negan’s arc. As Morgan says, whether the finale ends The Whisperer War remains to be seen. However, “A Certain Doom” will appear to bring an interesting conclusion to what has been a game-changing season for the ever-changing Walking Dead Universe.
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