When “The Strolling Lifeless” introduced it would not air the Season 10 finale till later this yr on account of delays brought on by the coronavirus, we knew there would just a few threads left dangling from the penultimate episode — however tonight’s cliffhanger was a wild one!

As of now, no return date has been set for the ultimate episode, which can air as a particular someday earlier than Season 11 begins. In line with present runner Angela Kang, they had been “very shut” to being carried out with the finale, however there are just a few post-production tweaks they only cannot make till every little thing is up and operating once more.

With that being stated, let’s break down every of the massive storylines this week, beginning with the one which introduced the episode to its intense ending.

Beta Makes His Transfer

Whereas he might put on half of Alpha’s face as his masks, Beta made it clear he doesn’t need an improve with regards to his identify — practically killing a girl who known as him “Alpha” by mistake.

Now on the helm of the Whisperers and an enormous new zombie horde, Beta walked them straight to Alexandria, solely to seek out it utterly deserted. Fortunately, our survivors had been sensible and high-tailed it to a close-by hospital earlier than Beta might search retribution for Alpha’s beheading, leaving solely Aaron and Alden behind in hiding to maintain tabs on the unhealthy guys.

In a creepy new growth, Beta is now listening to voices, voices which someway inform him the place the survivors are literally hiding. After his group modified route and headed towards the hospital, they found each Aaron and Alden and took them captive. Proper now, we do not know what occurred to them.

The episode ended with Beta, listening to intel from inside his head, displaying up outdoors the hospital with an insane quantity of backup behind him. It is a scary final shot and one that actually does not make issues look too promising for everybody holed up inside. The large query left unanswered till the finale lastly airs: how can they presumably combat themselves out of this with no miracle?

Daryl and Negan, Grief Counselors

Each Daryl and Negan had been teamed up with youthful, feminine counterparts this week, providing up recommendation and a shoulder to cry on (or punch) following the exits of each Alpha and Michonne.

For Daryl, he spent the episode with Judith, who wished to discover ways to stroll the perimeter and hold everybody secure like her crossbow-wielding mentor. They got here throughout a Whisperer who defected from the group, saying Beta had “misplaced it” after Alpha’s loss of life. With no data to commerce, Daryl shot her within the head, claiming it was a extra merciful loss of life than letting her bleed out. Judith felt somewhat salty they only left her physique there, nonetheless, and obtained emotional as she pled her case.

“What for those who had been misplaced and nobody might discover you, or RJ was or mother,” she stated, tearing up as she stated, “I simply need us to be again collectively once more, residence, that is all.” As she informed him that Michonne was on an journey serving to others and searching for Rick, she stated she feared he would go away her too. He comforted her by saying all the opposite survivors had been her household and telling her that “nothing can take the place of somebody you’re keen on being gone, however that does not imply every little thing that follows goes to interrupt your coronary heart.”

On Negan’s finish of issues, he was coping with Lydia, who was having sophisticated emotions in regards to the loss of life of her mom, Alpha. Sure, she did horrible, horrible issues however, as Negan informed Lydia, “she was nonetheless your mother.” She did not need to present her grief although, till it turned too consuming to not. She ultimately broke down in Negan’s arms, as he hugged her near console her.

It will be attention-grabbing to see whether or not Negan and Lydia will proceed to buddy up because the present continues.

Carol Finds Forgiveness

With Connie nonetheless lacking, her finest good friend Kelly and Carol wanted to hash issues out.

The 2 went out on a run collectively, the place Carol apologized for being chargeable for the cave collapse and stated she wished she might take again what occurred. Kelly, nonetheless, was assured Connie was okay. She then informed Carol how Connie felt being deaf was her “superpower,” earlier than displaying forgiveness.

“I heard the tales about you within the outdated days, you’d simply go off and do the factor solely you are able to do. Lone wolf. That is your superpower,” she then informed Carol. “You’ll be able to’t quit every little thing about your self as a result of unhealthy issues occur.”

Princess Provides the Royal Runaround

After her transient look final week, we lastly obtained a correct introduction to Princess, a zany character from the comedian books who lastly made her TV debut.

Princess, actual identify Juanita Sanchez, defined that she did not need to name herself Queen as a result of the time period would “make me sound outdated and pretentious.” Revealing she has been on her personal for over a yr now, she even questioned whether or not Eugene, Yumiko and Ezekiel had been even actual.

Ezekiel received her over by complimenting the walker “shows” she arrange round city, earlier than she by chance scared off their horses by firing her gun at some zombies. Miko was skeptical about trusting Princess’ help, however was overruled by the opposite two in her group, so all of them set off collectively to seek out some new wheels.

Alongside the best way, Princess by chance (possibly not?) walked all of them by a minefield — once more, not endearing her to Yumiko in any respect — earlier than all of them realized she gave them the runaround and took them on the longest route attainable to get to a barn stuffed with bikes.

They had been pissed, however she had an excellent cause: she was having enjoyable, wished all of them to be associates along with her and nervous they would go away her behind as soon as they obtained what they wanted. She actually received Eugene over when she revealed that life wasn’t a lot completely different for her earlier than the zombie apocalypse, as she recalled being on her personal loads and being informed “you are laborious to like.” Yeah, Eugene’s been there.

That will need to have touched Miko’s coronary heart too, as she invited Princess on their quest to seek out Stephanie, the lady on the opposite finish of the radio.

Once more, we’ll have to attend till that finale to lastly air to see what Stephanie’s deal is, although all indicators level to The Commonwealth — a complicated society from the comics resembling the pre-zombie world — being the actual cliffhanger of the season.

See you all every time the finale airs. Till then, keep secure!