Season 9 made former Whisperer Lydia one of its main focuses. As the daughter of Alpha, she has a connection to both sides of the conflict, a point of tension The Walking Dead will probably explore in further detail in season 10. Cassady McClincy is also a rising star on this show, so it’d be pretty surprising if she got the ax this year.
Magna (Nadia Hilker)
It seemed that Magna had died in the midseason premiere, but we find out in “Walk With Us” that she in fact survived and escaped the Whisperer cave by hiding within the walker horde.
Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura)
Yumiko didn’t really get much time to shine last season after her initial introduction, but it’d be a shame to lose her so soon. We’re not sure where the show might go with her, but we hope it’s not to the grave.
Luke (Dan Fogler)
We thought he’d die last year, and we’re sticking to that prediction for season 10. Luke holds on to relics of the past, and seems a bit too civilized for the new world to survive it for much longer. We think he’ll be one of the casualties of the Whisperer War.
Kelly (Angel Theory)
Sisters Kelly and Connie make a great zombie- and Whisperer-killing duo and it’d be a shame to lose that this season. While her death would be tragic for Connie and would force the older sister to adapt to a new status quo, we think the show is better off with this duo than without.
Alden (Callan McAuliffe)
Alden has gone from Savior to a central role in the leadership of the Hilltop. That said, prime figures at the Hilltop haven’t been doing so well in the past year. With Jesus, Enid, and Tara all gone, Alden may very well be next on the Whisperers’ list.
King Ezekiel (Khary Payton)
Ezekiel dodged his comic book death last season by a hair, but we don’t think he’ll be as lucky this season. Without a son, without Carol, and without a Kingdom, there’s not much going for Ezekiel at this point. He’s lost everything, and it’s likely he’ll make one last stand against the Whisperers before he meets his end. A glorious death for our King.
Jerry (Cooper Andrews)
First introduced as a background character, Jerry will get more of the spotlight in season 10, as Cooper Andrews moves up to series regular. This fan-favorite character has been loyal to the King since his first appearance, and Kingdom or no Kingdom, we’re sure he’s still by Ezekiel’s side. If anything happens to our lovable zombie-killing machine, we riot.
Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam)
Gabriel has come a long way since his first appearance in season 5, from cowardly priest to leader of an entire community of survivors. He plays an important role in Alexandria, which makes him the perfect target for Alpha and the Whisperers. What better way to destabilize Alexandria than by cutting its head off?
Aaron (Ross Marquand)
Aaron hasn’t had the best of years in the aftermath of the war with the Saviors. After losing his partner, his best friend, and an arm, Aaron doesn’t have much left to give, which is why he’ll probably take the fight to Alpha and sacrifice himself in the final battle.
Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos)
Rosita was spared last season, even though her comic book counterpart’s head was on one of those pikes. The show clearly wasn’t ready to let go of the character, and neither are we. Now a mother and back in fighting shape, Rosita is one of the most skilled soldiers Alexandria has. They’ll need her for the war to come.
Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt)
Face it, losers, Eugene is indestructible. And now that he’s manning the radio that will likely lead to the show’s next big storyline (probably the one involving the return of Rick Grimes), he’ll probably be one of the characters to bridge the gap between season 10 and the next.
Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming)
Judith Grimes is the greatest thing to happen in the history of The Walking Dead and no harm better come to her. She is the hero this show deserves. Expect to see her take down a few Whisperers and pal around with Negan a bit more in season 10.
Rick Grimes Jr. (Antony Azor)
This show isn’t going to kill off the child of Rick and Michonne. Might he get kidnapped by Alpha or something to draw Michonne out into a confrontation? Maybe.
Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
The fun’s only just beginning for Negan, who survived all the way to the end of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s comic book series. He plays a big role during the comic book Whisperer War and we suspect Jeffrey Dean Morgan will play a similar part on the show.
Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride)
Carol has fought so hard and survived it all. When the time comes to kill Alpha, it’ll be Carol who delivers the final blow. And we’ll clap and cheer as our Queen wins the day once more.
Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus)
Lol, do you even need to ask?
Michonne (Danai Gurira)
While this is Gurira’s final season on the show, don’t expect her to die in the process. The Walking Dead loves to keep the door open when it comes to its biggest stars. That said, it sounds like she’s actually done with the franchise and not returning for the Rick Grimes movie, so who knows?