Who is the Commonwealth in The Walking Dead comics and season 10?

The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC /

Who is the Commonwealth from The Walking Dead comics?

Season 10 of The Walking Dead on AMC came to a close with some stormtrooper-looking soldiers surrounding Eugene and his group on their mission to meet up with Stephanie and a new group of survivors.

Many viewers who don’t read the comics may not have any clue who these armored strangers are. Are they friends or foes? What do they have to offer the storyline going forward? And what does it mean for some of our favorite characters?

Some of those questions are simple to answer while others are quite a bit more complicated. Here is what fans know from the comics and how it could relate to the show.

**NOTE: Spoilers below from The Walking Dead comics**

On the surface, the Commonwealth doesn’t seem like a scary organization. Essentially, they are a group of communities working together under one umbrella but living under a class system rather than an open society like the survivors which fans have grown to love over the years.

Led by a governor, the community assigns jobs based on their occupation before the apocalypse and compensates them based on that job. That creates some tension among the survivors, but they are kept in line thanks to the soldiers and the legal system in place.

Only a few of the communities making up the entire Commonwealth were introduced in the comics, but that’s all that was needed to learn who they are and what they do. Thankfully, they aren’t the kind to violently wipe people out and not ask any questions, so Eugene’s group isn’t likely in too much danger on the show.

As usual, the true threat will always be the people. The leadership of the Commonwealth is a family with some deep issues that have roots far into the community and those issues could make their way into situations involving not only Eugene’s small group of survivors but every living soul fans know.

But, please remember that the show and the comics don’t always match up. AMC could easily remix this story and make the Commonwealth even more dangerous and combustible, possibly even bloodthirsty. Changes like this do happen and considering fans know the show will be ending soon, it’s hard to know what the plans are for the television series.

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The Commonwealth could finally give the survivors a place to settle down for good to finish the series in season 11…or they could use the community to massacre the show’s characters and end on a very sour note. It will be interesting to see the direction Angela Kang and The Walking Dead take with this new group going forward.