The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang discussed the comic book origins of a new group of baddies that appeared in the Season 10 finale.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 10 finale, “A Certain Doom,” which aired Sunday on AMC.
The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang has opened up regarding a certain new band of baddies that made an appearance during the recently aired Season 10 finale, “A Certain Doom.”
The episode introduces a group of soldiers sporting white, padded armor. This caught a portion of The Walking Dead‘s viewers off guard, with numerous post on social media joking that they resembled Star Wars‘ Stormtroopers. However, this military outfit actually does have its origins in Robert Kirkman’s original Walking Dead comic book series. More specifically, they appear in the comic’s “New World Order” story arc, which centers around the society known as the Commonwealth.
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“Well, when we saw these Stormtrooper-like characters show up in the comic book, I’m sure for some, it was like wait, who are these guys?” Kang said in an interview with Deadline. “The design is taken from a group that is prominent in the comics, and comic fans will recognize them as the entry into the story of the Commonwealth. But, for people who don’t know the comic that are following with the show, I’ll just say that we’re about to get into a lot more story with these people. I’ll also say, this deep into this new apocalypse, it should tell you right away this is like a heavily organized group, and how do you even keep white armor clean? What does that in and of itself like tell you about these people?
“They’ve created these semiautomatic weapons with bayonet tips, and so it’s all pointing towards that this is a much different type of group than the Whisperers, who just were all about like communing with nature,” she continued. “These are people that must be behind walls and have like access to things, so you know our characters will tangle with these guys, and we’ll keep going with the story from there.
Following The Walking Dead‘s Season 10 premiere, which aired much later than originally planned as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the season will be receiving six bonus episodes, which are set to air early next year. The long-running AMC series will return later in 2021 for its 11th and final season.
The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton and Cooper Andrews.
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