The Walking Dead boss shoots down popular fan theory about The Commonwealth and the masked man

THE Walking Dead's season 10 finale left fans with as many questions as answers.

After months of anticipation the clash between The Whisperers and the allied communities came to a head earlier this month in an explosive battle that saw Beta (Ryan Hurst) taken down by Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus).

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Elsewhere Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) made her return to the show alongside a mysterious masked figure, who has been at the centre of fan debate.

Then in the closing moments of the episode, The Commonwealth finally made their debut, storming Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and his gang with their troops.

Fans of the series were quick to come forward with their theories about what will unfold next and one leading theory quickly emerged – that The Commonwealth and the masked figure were linked.

They thought that the unidentified chap would be unmasked as Mercer – the military commander of The Commonwealth who features in the comics by Robert Kirkman upon which the show is based.

In the graphic novels Mercer plays an important role in overthrowing the faction's strict class-based system and proved to be sympathetic to the allied communities, who are keen to shake things up.

Unfortunately showrunner Angela Kang was quick to shoot down the theory after it gained traction on social media.

"It is not Mercer" she said to Business Insider, addressing the rumours head-on.

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However, she did promise imminent answers about the masked figure's identity.

"I'll say that we will learn more about this character and kind of who they are and what Maggie has been through more recently," she continued.

"That's going to be a big part of the story in the six episodes to come, but also in the season [11] as a whole to come."

The tease is not the first bit of information fans have been dealt in recent weeks.


Bosses previously promised that Michonne's (Danai Gurira) story "is just starting" after her departure in season 10.

Elsewhere, fans claimed The Commonwealth's soldiers bore a striking resemblance to Star Wars' Storm Troopers.

The furore comes after Maggie Rhee actress Lauren Cohan revealed her dream ending for The Walking Dead, with Rick and Michonne reunited.

The Walking Dead season 10 will continue with its six-episode extension in 2021 on AMC in the US and FOX in the UK.

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