Review: The Walking Dead Season 10 Premiere – “Lines We Cross”

At the end of season 9, our Survivors from Alexandria, Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Oceanside suffered great losses—including Tara, Enid, and Henry—and a freezing snowstorm. With Alexandria providing shelter for a now exiled Kingdom due to deteriorated infrastructure, the communities survived the great chill and have turned their focus back on their new enemy: the Whisperers.

The season 10 premiere of The Walking Dead opens to “training day,” displaying the training the communities are enduring on the beach at Oceanside in preparation for battle against the Whisperers. In what mirrored the warfare strategies of the Greek and Roman armies, everyone from Michonne and Daryl to Judith play a part in the new defense. The tension is building inside the camps, as shown by Aaron, who’s filled with vengeful rage toward their new adversary. Michonne empathizes with Aaron, but reminds him that this battle needs to be one with smarts, too.

Meanwhile, the friendship between Daryl and Carol has returned, while her relationship with King Ezekiel seems to have come to a halt. Eugene has happily become the “daycare provider” for Rosita, Gabriel, and baby-daddy Siddiq as the three prepare themselves for an inevitable showdown. And then there’s Negan—restricted to gardening and garbage duty—who sees what’s coming and what’s to be on the right side of it. All this building up to a satellite that falls from the sky and crashes into the forest, creating a fire. In order to prevent a forest fire that would wipe out the community, our saviors make the decision of crossing the Whisperer-enforced border to stop it. A decision that will lead to future implications.

The season 10 premiere carried a cold-war feel to it. There is a tension lingering over the communities and the episode focused on the anxiety it has created in some of the characters. It also blended in some light-hearted moments within the tension. Carol and Daryl joking about friendship bracelets. Eugene’s over-analyzing of the baby’s eating and diaper changes. Daryl learning that even his sign language has a southern accent to it. These moments remind the audience of the humanity and civility our protagonists are trying to maintain in a world that seems to oppose it.

Of course, in pure TWD fashion, that humanity will be tested when the Whisperers discover the breaking of the border rule.

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC, and is available for streaming on the AMC app.

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