The Walking Dead season 10C – Who are The Reapers and Pope? – digitalspy.com

The Walking Dead season 10 episode 17 spoilers follow.

Following delays caused by a real-world pandemic, The Walking Dead is finally back on our screens with its scary, but still not as scary, zombie pandemic. To tide us over until season 11 arrives, AMC has produced six bonus episodes that showrunner Angela Kang promises are “integral” to what lies ahead.

First up is ‘Home Sweet Home’, which sheds some light on what happened to Maggie before she returned in the season 10 finale. More important than that though, the season 10C premiere also introduces an entirely new threat to The Walking Dead universe called The Reapers. And if this episode is anything to go by, we’d rather try our luck with The Whisperers…

But who are The Reapers and what’s their beef with Maggie? Join us as we shuffle through the clues like a ravenous walker to figure out what’s going on.

What happened to Maggie?

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Before Maggie returned in the season 10 “finale”, it turns out that she had been helping Georgie support other communities. During a heart-to-heart with Daryl, Maggie goes on to explain that she and Hershel then found a home with “a whole community of people who needed us as much as we needed them.”

So why did Maggie leave this new home behind? As is often the way in walker land, this community was eventually attacked by a group of people, proving once again that humans were The Real Threat All Along™. As if that wasn’t bad enough, these Reapers have followed Maggie and the few survivors who remain, picking them off one by one.

In this episode, we only meet one Reaper, but the damage he wreaks hints at much bigger problems on the horizon. Not only does he kill several members of Maggie’s group, he also burns down their safehouse and even gives faves like Daryl a run for his money.

This unnamed man ends up dying, but not before he puts the fear of god in Maggie. “Who are you?” she demands. “You’re one of them right? Why did you do this? We did nothing to you!”

In response, the Reaper drops his knife, smiles, and simply says, “Pope marked you,” before deliberately blowing himself up with a grenade. The eerie calm with which the man kills himself suggests that other Reapers will also be willing to die for the greater good of their group. And that’s bad news for our survivors.

Who are The Reapers and who is Pope?

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Speaking to Digital Spy and other media, Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang teased some details about The Reapers:

There is this new threat that our people realise has followed Maggie back from the town that she was staying in. Without getting too deeply into spoiler territory, I’ll just say that whenever you meet people in The Walking Dead, there is that question: is this a closed book? Or is this just something that is part of something bigger?”

Angela also hinted that this reference to someone called Pope will impact the show at a later date:

“[The Reaper] leaves Maggie with this strange, cryptic message. There may be some significance to these things that we show. Just please keep watching, and we’ll show how it unfolds.”

So who is Pope and by extension, who are The Reapers? Unlike most of the groups we encounter on this show, The Reapers don’t seem to have a comic-book counterpart we can draw clues from. And there’s no obvious similarities between this group and others we’ve seen before either, which means we don’t have much to go on.

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However, it’s possible that The Reapers could somehow be connected to the CRM who snatched Rick away and currently harass other survivors over on The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

The uniform this Reaper wore doesn’t match anything the CRM seem to own, but his military training certainly implies a level of expertise beyond what we’ve seen from most other factions. Perhaps The Reapers operate as some kind of black ops group in collaboration with the CRM, or perhaps even the Commonwealth.

It’s also entirely possible that The Reapers could just be yet another group hellbent on ripping apart what’s left of humanity, selfishly taking the spoils for themselves. This would likely mark Pope as some kind of leader or figurehead for the group.

Whatever happens, it’s looking increasingly likely that The Reapers will impact the show beyond these bonus episodes, perhaps to the point where they may even end up playing a key role in season 11.

But unfortunately, that’s not all Lauren Cohan’s character has to worry about. With Negan still around and a classic villain’s return on the horizon, Maggie has plenty more “scary” things to face beyond just The Reapers.

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The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 28 in the US and FOX on March 1 in the UK. UK viewers can also catch up on the show via NOW TV.


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