“The Walking Dead” Season 10 Table Read Has Us Asking: What’s the Deal with the Satellites? [PREVIEW]

While the cast and crew of AMC‘s The Walking Dead roll along with their deep-dive production-wise on the tenth season, life in the franchise’s 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, showrunner/executive producer Angela Kang did the near-impossible: made the show feel fresh and dangerous again.

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AMC is offering a pretty cool deal for Walking Dead fans who sign up for AMC Premiere when the series returns on October 6: a look at the full season premiere table read. To prove just how sweet of an offer that is, the network released the clip below. In the scene, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Siddiq (Avi Nash) are getting into a back-n-forth over raising baby Coco, while Rosita’s (Christian Serratos) patience wears thin – and Gabriel’s (Seth Gilliam) smart enough to stay about as far away as possible.

But what got our curiosity raging hotter than an out-of-control dumpster fire? Look at the image above – specifically, the board behind Nash. Do you see what we see? Satellites – which has us wondering if they may not be connected in some way to the growing “CRM/black helicopters” conspiracy theory tied into the upcoming Rick Grimes feature films.

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Leading up to Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) in July, – we learned that comic book’s 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 (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.

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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Kerry Cahill as Dianne, Nadia Hilker as Magna, Jackson Pace as Gage, Jerri Tubbs as Margo, Gustavo Gomez as Marco, Callan McAuliffe as Alden – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

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. Then, 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, and new cast member Alex Sgambati‘s Jules (possibly) a part of her community.

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Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

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.

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Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

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.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 10 – Photo Credit: Eliza Morse/AMC

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.

Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes, Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Avi Nash as Siddiq – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

AMC’s The Walking Dead returns for its tenth season on Sunday, October 6th.

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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