With the cast and crew of AMC's The Walking Dead already in a deep-dive production-wise on the tenth season, life in the Walking Dead universe has become a lot like the NFL: neither have off-seasons anymore. With a strong ensemble cast (and a "Big Bad" fronted by Samantha Morton in an award-earning turn as Whisperers leader Alpha) and richly layered writing, series EP/showrunner Angela Kang did the near-impossible: made the show feel fresh and dangerous again.
You know what the fun thing is about "mindless speculation"? It's when other join in on the fun – and that's exactly what BossLogic did but giving us a look at what Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would look like as part of the Walking Dead universe. But before the reveal, a little backgound…
Walking Dead universe overmind Robert Kirkman took to Twitter a few days ago to express his love and appreciation for the action greatness that is Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (or just Hobbs & Shaw). From there, it would appear we were seeing the making of a merger between two mighty pop culture icons.
Take a look…
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 6, 2019
Just say when!
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) August 6, 2019
It didn't take long for someone to make a connection to the comics for what might still be to come on the cinematic side, looking to the Commonwealth's main military man Mercer as a possibility:
Dwayne as Mercer!!!
Holy crap that would be cool!! pic.twitter.com/f9sIJcfiYu
— Walker Talker (@walkertalker222) August 7, 2019
Clearly, someone at the official Walking Dead universe Twitter account wanted to see what that would look like – with a call to action for BossLogic:
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) August 7, 2019
Well, let's just say BossLogic answered that call… and then some…
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) August 10, 2019
Now here's our first look (hey, it's something to tide us over for 5… 4… 3…) at the teaser for Untitled The Walking Dead Movie, where Rick Grimes returns… only in theaters, from AMC, Skybound Entertainment, and Universal Pictures:
Leading up to Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) in July, – we learned: comic book character Dante (played by Snowfall star Juan Javier Cardenas) will transition to the small screen; efforts are underway to bring Lauren Cohan (Maggie) back; big themes for this season will be propaganda, paranoia, and PTSD; Michonne's (Danai Gurira) in a "hot" situation in the season's first official image; Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) possible future; Eugene's (Josh McDermitt) connection to that mysterious voice on the radio at the end of last season; and that Lincoln will not direct an episode this season.
Post-SDCC, there were a ton of teases and news (and a sad announcement, which you can check out here) – including the start of a series of weekly reveals that began with a first look at American Beauty star Thora Birch in the role of Gamma, a Whisperer who is fiercely protective of Alpha. This week, AMC and Skybound offered a look at the second addition to the cast: Kevin Carroll's Virgil – highly intelligent, resourceful, and desperately trying to get home to his family. This season will also see Sydney Park return as Oceanside's Cyndie.
Here's our first official trailer for the upcoming tenth season as well as an overview of what we can expect when the series returns. As the war between our heroes and The Whisperers escalates, both sides must deal with issues of trust and fear from within…
The Walking Dead is a story that started 10 years ago with one man trying to find his family. That family grew and gradually communities took shape. They fought and survived, thrived and gave birth to a new generation. It is a tale of humankind and there are more stories to tell.
It is now Spring, a few months after the end of Season 9, when our group of survivors dared to cross into Whisperer territory during the harsh winter. The collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha's horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new borderlines being imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable.
But the Whisperers are a threat unlike any they have ever faced. Backed by a massive horde of the dead it is seemingly a fight they cannot win. The question of what to do and the fear it breeds will infect the communities and give rise to paranoia, propaganda, secret agendas, and infighting that will test them as individuals and as a society. The very idea of whether civilization can survive in a world filled with the dead hangs in the balance.