AMC’s The Walking Dead has reached extreme highs in terms of excitement and popularity, but also some lows in the eyes of select fans. Yet still, nearly a decade since the series premiered on Halloween of 2010, The Walking Dead survives as it enters its 10th season.
An impressive accomplishment for any television series to last 10 years, this milestone season of The Walking Dead marks the second since Angela Kang was promoted as showrunner in place of Scott Gimple who took over for Glen Mazzara all the way back after Season 3. Why is this important to mention? Because the direction of the series has taken a dramatic shift in style since Kang taking over, thus providing a refreshing new prospective to a series that many felt was dead in the water in Season 8. Now coming off an eventful 9th season where there was a massive time jump, Rick Grimes disappears, and The Whispers have become the biggest threat, Season 10 launched on Sunday, October 6th with the new episode Line We Cross.
To recap, the finale of Season 9, The Storm, saw the communities in mourning after the tragic murders of their own at the hands of The Whispers. Furthermore, The Whispers had drawn lines for their territory, threatening anyone whom crosses it would be victim to the same fate as their friends. This in mind, a massive winter storm comes Alexandria’s way and they are forced to cross enemy lines to find safety. In this finale we saw a few other key moments unfold – the divorce of Carol and Ezekiel, plus Negan risking his own life to save Judith.
These key points refreshed, Lines We Cross picked up a few months after the brutal winter seen during The Storm episode in the spring. Here we see the communities trying to find some sense of normalcy again. Unfortunately, the elephant in the room is the fact of the borders drawn by The Whisper leader Alpha – something no one is all too comfortable with, especially Carol and Aaron. Struggling with the losses everyone has faced, and seen preparing for an imminent battle with The Whispers, the communities seem to be more unified than ever in the face of adversity.
This is clearly evident when they are faced with a forest fire over enemy lines that they fear will spread across to their area, causing massive damage and death. The cause of the fire? A fallen satellite which has crashed down on Earth from outer space! Something no one at all saw coming, do the communities succeed in extinguishing the fire before The Whispers find out they have broken the borderline?
A fun and interesting premiere, the concept of a satellite crashing down to planet Earth from the orbits is not too far fetched, and something no one even thought about. After all, it has been nearly a decade since societies have been functioning, so infrastructure, and yes, satellites are bound to breakdown from lack of maintenance. Which opens us up to a whole new way of thinking… what will be the next unforeseen obstacle presented by a decaying civilization?
Only time will tell, but Lines We Cross left us with a major cliffhanger when Carol and Alpha lock eyes across a canyon of rocks, therefore assuring The Whispers are going to retaliate if not now, very soon. In the end, Season 10 of The Walking Dead has a lot of promise with the plot laid out and everyone can only hope that sometime in the near future Maggie will return, and yes, even Rick Grimes. Looking at The Walking Dead with a fresh new outlook, and eager for We Are The End Of The World which premieres Sunday, October 13th, Cryptic Rock gives Lines We Cross 4 out of 5 stars.