Season ten of The Walking Dead finally aired its long-awaited finale this month, though there are still six additional episodes to come.
Production was shut down earlier in the year amid the outbreak of coronavirus, but now filming has resumed there’s plenty of upcoming apocalyptic action for fans to sink their teeth into.
The show’s band of determined survivors was led by former Sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) for most of its ten year run.
However, following a nasty injury near the beginning of season nine, Rick was taken away in a helicopter by the Civic Republic Military (CRM) and hasn’t been seen since.
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Although show producer Scott M. Gimple has confirmed his return in a trilogy of feature films, viewers are still searching for a glimpse of Rick’s whereabouts in TWD’s multiple TV series.
While the mainline show is coming to an end with season 11, it has already been succeeded by popular spin-off Fear the Walking Dead.
Additionally, a new standalone sequel series began this October, World Beyond, set some ten years after the zombie apocalypse.
The third series in the Walking Dead franchise features a brand new cast of characters, including Iris Bennett (Alexa Mansour), a young girl attending high school in the rebuilt world.
After logging some test results for a captive walker, Lyla references another subject labelled A403 before the clip ominously cuts to black.
As Lyla is shown to have a three rings tattoo – the symbol for the sinister CRM – perceptive fans quickly realised the reference to ‘A’ test subjects referred back to Rick’s disappearance in season nine.
Before being carried away by a helicopter he’s spotted by Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), who calls Rick a ‘B’ to someone over her walkie-talkie.
She says: “I have a B. Not an A, I never had an A. He’s hurt but he’s strong, can you help him?”
As the mystery slowly unravels, this particular line has become a major talking point for fans of the series trying to decipher what A’s and B’s could mean.
Thanks to the latest episode of World Beyond, we could finally have an answer.
If A is the label used for undead test subjects, TWD fans are now speculating B is the shorthand for a new recruit who is forced to serve the CRM.
Even more exciting is the fact that Andrew Lincoln’s name has been spotted in the IMDb credits of World Beyond’s tenth episode.
While the online film and TV forum isn’t always accurate, there’s still a chance the spin-off will address some huge questions by the end of the limited series.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond continues Sundays on AMC.
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