Despite many regions of the country reopened to some degree, we still do not have a date for the missing Season 10 finale of The Walking Dead, which was shelved due to the inability to finish post-production work via the lockdown. With that lifted, it seems likely that the episode could be finished soon, though I do wonder if AMC will end up saving it for a rainy day, something like a lead-in to the next season of Fear the Walking Dead to try and push up ratings for that show.
AMC has been doing its best to try and promote the finale ahead of its release, even if it is coming a few months late. One thing they have already given away is that Maggie will return to the series in the finale, and it seems likely she will play a part in turning the tide against the Whisperers once and for all.
But one persistent mystery from the trailer, one that I missed when it initially aired, is the introduction of a new, mystery masked character that fans have been trying to identify.
In the trailer, the character, rocking a metal mask and custom hand scythes, shows up to apparently save Alden and Aaron from The Whispers.
Given the outfit and the tiny amount of time they’re shown, it’s nearly impossible to deduce much about the character. The gender is unclear due to baggy clothing (my guess is male from the arms, but who knows), and even their race is being hidden as the masked character is wearing gloves.
I have heard a few different options thrown around about who this could be. I’m not sure I believe any of them.
Mercer: Comic readers believe this is how the show will introduce Mercer, an important character from the upcoming Commonwealth storyline. I 100% do not believe this is the case, as there would be no reason to dress up the militaristic Mercer like this, and there would be no reason for him to be over here in this situation when the Commonwealth stuff is happening with Eugene, far, far away.
Fear the Walking Dead
Morgan: Some believe that this is how Morgan will return back to the original show, and they cite a similar masked costume that Morgan wore a while ago. I do not think this is going to happen because Fear still needs him and he literally can’t be on two shows at the same time. Plus that kind of time jump (Fear is still way, way behind) would be confusing.
Alicia: Again, another guess of a Fear character, but I think all the same reasons why it’s not Morgan would apply to Alicia. And Fear cannot lose her as a lead as she’s all that show has left.
Heath: Alright, I’ll give you a 10% chance of this one being possible, though again, I think it’s unlikely given that it’s now canon that Heath was taken by the Helicopter People like Rick. And yet if he somehow escaped, he could be a bridge to that storyline. Still, seems unlikely.
Duane: I am not sure where this idea came from that this character could be Morgan’s long-lost son, but that would certainly be…strange.
The most likely answer is not any of these, and that this is a brand new character that is not pulled from the comics or the show’s past or Fear the Walking Dead. The Walking Dead has lost some hugely important cast members that are still alive and around at this point in the comics between Rick, Carl, Michonne, Andrea, Jesus and Dwight, who went over to Fear. So it stands to reason that new characters could be introduced to fill those gaps. We are frankly running out of new characters to introduce as we head into the final comic storyline, The Commonwealth arc, so it seems likely that newbies are going to show up that could be with the show long into the future. The show doesn’t do original creations all that often, but when they do, people seem like them. See Daryl, for one, and Carol has been so dramatically transformed from the comics she’s practically a new show creation too.
We’ll see who this is in a few weeks. Months? Who knows.
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