The Walking Dead – A Certain Doom (Season 10/ Episode 16 Review)

Back on April 5th, 2020, the tenth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead came to an abrupt pause following the airing of The Tower. A penultimate episode to what would have been the season finale a week later, unfortunately, due to COVID-19, resolution never came to be. Thankfully, on Sunday, October 4th, the closure fans have sought out for nearly 7 months arrived with A Certain Doom.

Cassady McClincy as Lydia, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Because it has been so long since a new episode has aired, and it could be difficult to remember where we stand with the chaos in the real world, let us first recap. As most know, The Walking Dead has reached the breaking point for The Whisperers’ Beta, who has gone off the deep end after finding Alpha has been snuffed out by Negan. Assembling The Whisperers, and what can only be described as a massive horde, they go to return the favor to all the other communities… but not only to seek revenge, but evoke total annihilation.

Meanwhile, out on their own quest, Eugene, Ezekiel, and Yumiko meet a very unique character named Juanita “Princess” Sanchez (Paola Lázaro: Lethal Weapon series, Wu-Tang: An American Saga series). At first skeptical about her intentions, while she might be a little different, they soon realize she could be a valuable asset.

Ryan Hurst as Beta – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Which leads us to A Certain Doom, where all the communities prepare to square off with The Whisperers and their horde. Clearly outnumbered, their unity and preparation for such a moment pays off, but is really solidified by a surprising, unlikely hero. Who is it? Well, you will just have to watch to find out… but do not think that this hero is just one person – because someone else, who has been gone a very long time, is about to reappear.

All in all, A Certain Doom is a great season finale that has plenty of exhilarating moments. However, the extensive time gap between the last episode and now clearly kills some of the excitement. No fault of The Walking Dead’s creator or the cast, the blame truly lies on COVID-19; naturally all production had to be shut down for safety. That said, if you are smart, you would have planned yourself to recap Season 10 in its entirety leading up to A Certain Doom. If you have not seen the finale yet, do yourself a favor and at least re-watch the last three episodes of the season – it will make the payoff much more gratifying.

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Now we will have to wait until 2021 to see what exactly will happen next within The Walking Dead universe. Some looming questions include – Where do the communities go from here? Will Season 11 be The Walking Dead’s final, and most of all, will Rick Grimes ever return?

Answering some of those questions, Season 11 will reportedly begin in late 2021, with the second half airing in 2022. It will have as many as 24 episodes, most likely split in sections. Furthermore, it is said that it will indeed be the final season of The Walking Dead itself. However, there will still be Fear the Walking Dead, the recently announced The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and a reported series of Rick Grimes spin-off movies.

All good news, it will be enticing to see where it all goes. Until then, be safe, stay healthy, and enjoy what the original Walking Dead series has offered us over the last decade. Until the future, Cryptic Rock gives A Certain Doom 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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