The midseason finale of The Walking Dead is a week away, but we already have an idea of what is coming. Continue reading for our take on what to expect from “The World Before”.
If you’ve seen the latest episode of The Walking Dead, then you know the season 10 midseason finale is going to end badly for everyone involved. The reason we know this to be true is the conclusion to “Open Your Eyes”.
Warning! Spoilers ahead.
During the closing moments of season 10, episode 8, Siddiq (Avi Nash) finds himself in a deep conversation with Dante (Juan Javier Cardenas) over the death of Alexandria’s ill residents. They appear to be bonding when Siddiq recognizes Dante’s voice as the Whisperer who held his head up to watch the others be executed. He attempts to apprehend his Whisperer foe, but Dante is too strong and winds up killing him instead.
In addition to silencing Siddiq, Dante has also successfully tainted Alexandria’s water supply. He pretended to have no knowledge of the contamination, though it appears Dante was at the heart of it all.
The other imminent threat Dante poses is to Rosita (Christian Serratos). She has no idea about the Whisperer hiding in plain sight, and she’s been drinking from the same tainted water source. That doesn’t necessarily mean Rosita is doomed, but Dante could just as easily poison her with something else. He did manage to administer hemlock to the captured Whisperer without anyone noticing. What’s to say he won’t do the same with Rosita?
What will Dante do to his prey within Alexandria’s walls?
The dangers presented by Dante don’t end there. He’s also in the position to capture more of Alexandria’s residents for another round of sacrifices. Alpha (Samantha Morton) clearly doesn’t have reservations about killing indiscriminately so she could use Dante to lure more of them to her. The question is: How will Dante get his prey to go along with the ruse?
In all likelihood, Dante will probably suggest that a group head out in search of a new water source. He’ll obviously claim to be the only person capable of testing its’ viability, granting him the opening he needs to continue further tainting their water. Of course, there’s a chance someone will catch on to Dante’s plans before anyone is lost.
It may seem very unlikely since no one in the community has any suspicions about Dante, but what if Rosita catches him in the act? There was a large enough commotion in the infirmary that someone nearby could be drawn to the noise. And considering their previous interaction that very day, Rosita would probably rush to Siddiq’s side.
The Whisperers aren’t in the best condition either
On the other end of this fight, the Whisperers will be facing internal conflicts of their own. Lydia (Cassady McClincy) just made her decision to defect once again and the repercussions of her actions will be immense. It’s not because Lydia is posed to deliver damaging information to Alpha, but rather for the simple fact that her mother lied.
While the Whisperers have clung to Alpha’s every word, they’re going to begin questioning their loyalty when Lydia shows up. Alpha and Beta (Ryan Hurst) can reduce the backlash by showcasing their recklessness to the others, but there’s bound to be a few disagreements among the group.
With this potential conflict brewing, Alpha’s group of skins won’t be in any condition to wage war on Alexandria or Hilltop. They require everyone’s help to keep the horde moving correctly, but without full cooperation, the Whisperers won’t be able to lead their undead army towards the civilized communities.
There’s also the matter of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) throwing another wrench into Alpha’s plans. He gained the Whisperer leader’s trust and understands exactly how to manipulate people into doing what he wants, Alpha included. And if he’s been secretly planning a coup like we suspect he has, Negan is going to use the ongoing debate to gain control.
Assuming such a scenario does come to pass, Negan will likely become the Whisperers’ new leader before the midseason finale draws to a close. The comics took a similar route, but with so many different wild cards in the mix, anything could happen. For all we know, Negan will save the communities by dispersing the horde. Negan redeeming himself sounds highly unlikely, but based on the turnaround he’s had in season 10, it wouldn’t surprise us to see him do something noble for a change.
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