The Walking Dead: Magna’s fight for her own people in season 10

Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC
Nadia Hilker as Magna - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

Season 9 saw Magna and her group be rescued and brought into the fold of the united communities on The Walking Dead. The threat of the Whisperers looks to threaten her loyalty to her new friends.

Magna was the very first character we saw after Rick was flown away on a helicopter and the series jumped ahead six years into the future. Being rescued by Judith and brought to Alexandria was her first look at the larger world, but she instantly began questioning if she and her group fit in. It was decided that Magna’s group would not reside in Alexandria and would instead be transferred to the Hilltop as their permanent home.

Not long after their arrival at the Hilltop did the threat of the Whisperers begin to be felt. Magna witnessed the death of Jesus and had to come face-to-face with his killers before anyone even knew who they were or how many were in their ranks. Seeing Alpha’s show of force outside of the Hilltop and being present at the Fair for the pike massacre has undoubtedly made Magna uneasy of this new civilization she and her family have found themselves in.

With season 10 of The Walking Dead just around the corner, it was announced that Nadia Hilker was promoted to series regular status along with six of her fellow cast mates. In addition to her upgraded role, a character bio was released for the character of Magna, teasing her story arc for the upcoming season:

"“Magna does not like what she is seeing and she certainly does not like the Whisperers imposed rules. Her gut instinct is to take care of herself and her immediate loved ones first and foremost, even at the expense of others within the communities.”"

We’ve already seen that Magna is someone who is perfectly fine questioning authority. She had a clear reluctance to follow Michonne’s rules after arriving at Alexandria. It should come as no surprise that she would be against the harsh laws that Alpha and the Whisperers have brutally placed on the communities. This bio hints that we may see her openly argue against any ideas to comply with the Whisperers and instead try to actively find solutions to defeat them.

Her bio also clearly states that Magna will put her core group first when the survivors are threatened. She is very much in love with her girlfriend Yumiko and she cares for Connie, Kelly, and Luke immensely. She doesn’t want to lose any of them, especially after experiencing the loss of their friend Bernie previously. The final line in her bio is a bit concerning and seems to be further proof that although she lives at the Hilltop, she may not be willing to sacrifice herself for these new friends.

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If it comes down to it, we may just see Magna sacrifice a member of one of the communities for her own life or for one of her own people. That being said, a new season provides a whole new opportunity for the characters to evolve. By being a part of these united communities and seeing how much they all care for one another, Magna may come to embrace these new people as family. After all, the Whisperers are a threat that unites everyone on The Walking Dead.