There’s a new villain on the zombie show, and we’re not kitten.
The actual Season 10 finale will show as a special later this year due to a stop in production on “The Walking Dead” caused by the coronavirus epidemic. So, the season came to a close on Sunday with its de facto last episode, and it was kind of cataclysmic.
The episode “The Tower,” which is primarily exposition, was certainly never intended to be the season finale. The survivors have taken refuge in a hospital, and the Whisperers, now led by former country music singer Beta (Ryan Hurst), have been scouring the area for them.
In reality, the episode’s major antagonist is revealed to be… cats.
We’re not kitten.
Cats appear to be the predominant residents of the hospital where everyone has sought refuge; the smell of cat pee is so offensive that Judith (Cailey Fleming) eventually departs to hang out with Daryl outside (Norman Reedus).
When the cats mistakenly bring the Whisperers to the hospital, they gain the most power. The Whisperers quickly adjust their course after witnessing a cat cross their path, for the cats will inherit the Earth after the upcoming conflict.
Princess (Paola Lazaro), the new character, doesn’t get much action either: She looks for new rides for Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Ezekiel (Khary Payton), and Yumiko after scaring their horses away (Eleanor Matsuura). She leads them through a minefield in the process, where they get stuck for a while. But at the end of the show, they’ve all become pals.
Lydia (Cassady McClincy) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) had a fight over him killing her mother Alpha (Samantha Morton), which makes sense. But, at the end of the show, they’ve also hugged it out, signalling that cats are the most intriguing thing going on.
Perhaps the cats are enraged that Michonne (Danai Gurira), who was such an admirer of feline art, is no longer on the show? Maybe someone on the production staff believes the cats on “Tiger King” should have gotten more attention and wants to make a point? Whatever the case may be, the kitty overlords are rising, and the consequences are cat-astrophic.