The Walking Dead season 10 trailer breakdown: Negan’s freedom to new Whisperers

The Walking Dead released the first trailer for season 10 at San Diego Comic-Con, packing new cast reveals and an impending war.

Along with Danai Gurira confirming her final bow as Michonne in the tenth season, a new trailer dropped, showcasing what to expect from the second outing under showrunner Angela Kang.

After the season nine finale teed up war with the Whisperers, the show looks to deliver with beachside battles and unexpected romances – but there’s a whole lot more lurking beneath the surface.

Struggling to digest it all? Here’s everything teased in The Walking Dead season 10 trailer.

It’s war against the Whisperers

After crossing Whisperers territory in the season nine finale, Alpha (Samantha Morton) certainly isn’t happy – seen rasping about the ‘one rule’ which has been broken.

Interestingly, it appears the survivors are driven to Oceanside to fight a dramatic war on the beach –with an army packing shields and weaponry marching against the enemy hordes.

Alpha also seems to confront Carol (Melissa McBride) over the boundary crossing, who casually remarks: ‘B*tch has to die.’ Will Carol be the one to get vengeance for Henry’s death?

Meet Dante

Spotted at numerous points in the trailer is new character Dante, played by David Shae, who was Maggie’s first boyfriend after Glenn in the comics.

Angela Kang previously teased Dante’s portrayal in the show will be slightly different to the comics, saying: ‘He is this roguish, fast-talking, sometimes charming, sometimes annoying guy who can sometimes put his foot in his mouth, but is an interesting presence in the comics.

‘He’s actually a love interest of Maggie. But in our world, the context is a little different, and he will play an important role in the story in Alexandria.’

Rosita’s baby has arrived – but she’s not happy about it

After spending the ninth season heavily pregnant, Rosita (Christian Serratos) has now given birth to her and Siddiq’s baby, although the added stress of the zombie apocalypse could be taking over.

The ninth season set up a bizarre love triangle dynamic between Rosita, Siddiq (Avi Nash), Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt), which looks set to play out too. Eugene is seen tending to the baby in a brief moment, while Gabriel and Rosita also look slightly worn down as they cosy up by a fire.

Does Eugene’s love for Rosita come between her relationship with Gabriel? Or could Siddiq open the doors to getting back together after their fling? Either way, Rosita looks crazy tired of it all.

Carol is haunted by the death of Henry

Throughout the trailer, the death of Henry (Macsen Lintz) looms large over Carol (Melissa McBride). One shot shows his piked head lurking in the background in a possible dream sequence, while his ‘H’ necklace is also shown on the ground.

After splitting from King Ezekiel in the season nine finale, Carol is back largely as a rogue warrior again – but will Henry’s death prove particularly troubling for her mental state and drive her to kill Alpha?

Negan is free – but could this kill Aaron?

After being locked away for the whole of season nine, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is now being let off the leash to help fight in the war against the Whisperers.

This appears to rub Aaron (Ross Marquand) the wrong way, who now has a spiked ball attached to his metal arm. A shot afterwards appears to show Aaron crawling away from a man holding a crow bar, which could be Negan, considering he doesn’t have baseball bat Lucille.

While the show teased a good guy transformation for Negan after saving Judith – could he soon settle back into his old ways once he’s back on the playing field?

Daryl versus Negan

Back in season seven, Negan captured Daryl (Norman Reedus) and tortured him relentlessly. While Negan has been locked up to answer for his crimes, Daryl has yet to properly confront him alone over the situation.

That looks set to change in season 10, with Daryl ominously remarking: ‘You and I have never been in a room before. Not toe to toe. And there ain’t nobody to save you right now.’

Will Negan’s newfound freedom give Daryl the chance to kill him he’s always craved? We’ll have to wait and see.

Thora Birch as Gamma

At the Comic Con panel, two new cast members were announced to be joining the show, namely Kevin Carol as survivor Virgil and Thora Birch as new Whisperer Gamma.

The former doesn’t appear to be in the trailer, but we get a small shot at a new Whisperer character who could be Gamma. She was described as very protective of Alpha in a similar vein to Beta (Ryan Hurst), so could she prove another significant threat in the war to come?

Michonne kisses Ezekiel

Following the plot of the comics, Michonne (Danai Gurira) looks set to have a romance with Ezekiel (Khary Payton) judging by a brief kiss in the trailer.

This will be Michonne’s first romance following Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), but it’s unclear whether this could be a fleeting mistake or a genuine new relationship. Either way, it’s pretty unexpected.

Is Carol planning to escape?

The team-up of Carol and Daryl is strongly emphasized in the trailer, who seem to hatch a plan against the Whisperers in early shots.

The last moments however suggest Carol is thinking about escaping altogether, as Daryl remarks to her: ‘I’m sorry if I didn’t want my best friend to spend her whole life on a boat.’

The absence of Henry and splitting from Ezekiel could be hanging heavy on Carol, despite Daryl wanting her to stick around. But will she decide to leave altogether and potentially spark a new spin-off show?

Michonne now has Lucille

With Danai’s exit looming, it’s unclear whether Michonne will be killed off or if she’ll pull a Rick Grimes and abscond via helicopter for convenient transportation to the movie trilogy.

A closing ominous shot of Michonne shows her wielding Negan’s baseball bat Lucille, and it’s hard not to take it as an indicator of either a demise by Negan, or more interestingly, Michonne turning into a villain.

The previous season showed Michonne’s past torturous decision of wiping out young kids to save her children, so it’s certainly possible this could amplify in darker ways. The motherhood theme also echoes throughout the series, with the broken relationship between Alpha and daughter Lydia, and Carol’s dismay over Henry’s death.

Could Michonne sway into darkness trying to protect what she loves most? We have three long, painful months to wait to find out.

The Walking Dead season 10 kicks off on Sunday 6 October in the US, and returns in the UK on Fox Monday 7 October.

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