After a Soviet satellite tv for pc crash landed in The Walking Dead’s Season 10 premiere, “Lines We Cross,” igniting a forest fireplace that pressured the survivors to cross into Whisperer territory, the satellite tv for pc got here again into play in episode 10×06, “Bonds.” After extinguishing the fireplace that threatened to burn down the Oceanside neighborhood, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) begged Michonne (Danai Gurira) for simply sufficient time to gather helpful bits he stated may present “invaluable technological implications” for the communities. Those items have since been put to make use of by the big-brained inventor, who explains to Nabila (Nadine Marissa) he used components recovered from the satellite tv for pc to spruce up his radio, used for long-range contact between the allied Alexandria, Hilltop and Oceanside communities, with “primo choice upgrades.”
“The transmitter’s been properly souped up with Soviet satellite guts … relocating the antenna to the apex provides unobstructed LoS [line of sight] to the secondary repeater, exponentially expanding our range,” Eugene explains. “You haven’t lived until you’ve bounced a transmission off the ionosphere. It gives me goose flesh, each and every time.”
In layman’s phrases: the radio setup is now succesful of making contact with additional out communities that had been beforehand unreachable.
When browsing the proverbial radio waves, Eugene makes contact with the identical to this point unidentified lady who simply missed King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) when he was broadcasting from the Hilltop in the ultimate seconds of Season 9. Through a weak and fuzzy connection, that muffled voice requested, “Hello? Hello? Calling out live on the open air. Is anybody out there?”
In the comedian books, this person is revealed as Stephanie, who goes on to play a significant function in each Eugene’s story and the story of his group. Through Stephanie, The Walking Dead introduces a sprawling neighborhood residence to greater than 50,000 survivors that performs a significant function transferring ahead.
Showrunner Angela Kang beforehand informed ComicBook.com the satellite tv for pc would have “other implications for the season going forward” past serving as an emblem of the Cold War really feel taking part in out in the survivors’ battle with Alpha (Samantha Morton) and her Whisperers.
“It’s part of the fun mystery of the season, and it will come into play in hopefully interesting ways that turn the story. I can’t tip too much about, but I think there’s some fun to be had there,” Kang earlier informed EW of the unfolding radio story. “Eugene will definitely be playing a role in the story. He’s certainly the one that has been helping set up these ham radios throughout all the communities. There are ways in which he is very involved. He’s tech support in the apocalypse. He makes some interesting discoveries and there is a hopefully very cool, satisfying story there.”