Who Was on the Radio in 'Walking Dead'? 3 Theories for the Season 10 Plot

The survivors may have just lost 10 of their own at the hands of Alpha and the Whisperers, but the *Walking Dead Season 9 finale may have introduced a new community in its final moments. Is the voice on the radio straight from the comics, or is there something else going on? And what does it all mean for Season 10? Let’s find out.

Spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 16 below.

The Season 9 finale, “The Storm,” begins with the members of the Kingdom forced to admit defeat. Though they’ve tried, they can’t save their community. The Kingdom has fallen, and they have to survive a harsh winter storm, crossing the border set up by The Whisperers with the heads on pikes, and walkers popping out of the snow, to make it to Hilltop. But they do.

Once there, we see Ezekiel and Judith (in Alexandria) staying in touch via Eugene’s radio. However, they’re not the only ones reaching out over the system. After Ezekiel walks away, a woman’s voice comes over the radio. “Hello? Hello?” She asks (according to the closed captioning). “Calling out live on the open air. Is anybody out there?”

It doesn’t look like anyone hears her, but it’s likely only a matter of time before someone does, making this a key plot point as we move into The Walking Dead Season 10. Who is she? Here are three possibilities.

Who's "live on the open air" at the end of 'The Walking Dead' Season 9?


Stephanie (or Someone Else) from the Commonwealth

This is the most likely possibility, given that it’s right from the comics.

If The Walking Dead is adapting this storyline, it’ll be Stephanie (or someone else, in her place) from the Commonwealth, a network of communities in Ohio. It consists of almost 50,000 people — and it has an army. In the comics, Eugene connects with Stephanie and tells her about the Whisperers and what they’ve done. Eventually, the two communities meet.

Perhaps Eugene will be the first person to hear this woman’s voice, and the TV show will follow closely to the comics. (If so, Eugene’s getting a girlfriend.) And maybe, just maybe, with the Whisperers preparing for war, the Commonwealth will help Alexandria, Hilltop, and Oceanside (remember them?) survive what’s coming.

Maggie (or Someone Else) from Georgie’s Group

This is less likely, but still a possibility, especially since Maggie is mentioned in the season finale. As everyone sets out for Hilltop from the Kingdom, Yumiko tells Michonne that the Council has written a letter to Maggie following recent events, including losing Jesus and Tara, but they haven’t heard back.

In case you forgot, Maggie left with baby Hershel at some point during the six years after Rick’s “death” to join Georgie’s group.

Is it possible that the mention of Maggie was more than just a reminder (especially for viewers) that she’s still out there? The episode begins with Ezekiel on the radio and soon after includes that line about Maggie, and it ends with the mysterious voice on the radio. What if this is Maggie, or someone from Georgie’s group, reaching out in response to the letter?

Someone New for the TV Show

This is the least likely scenario, especially since the Commonwealth has to be part of the show and it’s the right time for that to happen.

However, it’s possible that this woman on the radio is going to be a new character, part of a different community made just for the AMC series. Maybe the survivors can trust her, maybe they can’t.

What we do know is that this voice on the radio will play a role in Season 10. What that means for the survivors we already know has yet to be seen.

The Walking Dead Season 10 will air on AMC.

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