The penultimate episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead left the events in the post-apocalyptic zombie show in a standstill following the fallout from a real-life pandemic spawned by COVID-19. Thankfully, AMC confirmed over the weekend that the show’s cliffhanger will finally have its much-awaited pseudo conclusion on October 4.
During the [email protected] Panel, showrunner Angela Kang revealed that apart from the supposed episode finale that is scheduled to air this October, The Walking Dead’s current season will also have six additional episodes which will be aired early next year. Obviously, the announcement is definitely good news to the fandom, but the question now is, what will happen to season 11?
Sadly, a push back. Although the finale will be extended with six extra episodes, Kang said that the upcoming season 11 will not be following its traditional release date this year due to the disruption caused by the ongoing health crisis.
“Yeah, obviously COVID has kind of disrupted a lot of things for every workplace, including ours. And so, the writers room for Season 11 has been going remotely for the past few months. We haven't been able to start production, but we’ll get back to work as soon as we safely can," Kang explained.
"And we will not be airing Season 11 episodes this year as we normally would in October. But we’re excited to announce an extended Season 10, and there will be six extra episodes to follow the finale and those will run in early 2021 if all goes well. We’re working on those now and we’ll have more to share soon,” Kang said.
Meanwhile, Kang also confirmed during the virtual panel that the show will soon be featuring a new community most notably known in Robert Kirkman’s comic series as The Commonwealth. For those who have not read the basis of the adaptation, some of the main characters will eventually join The Commonwealth following their encounter in the arc.
Apart from the good news and the bad news, the virtual panel also aired an extended preview of the season finale’s opening scene that shows the return of Maggie played by Lauren Cohan, and the arrival of a new character that is said to come as an aid to the survivors.
So that’s it. Although the future of season 11 is quite bleak for now, at least we’ll finally see how the group will deal with the batshit crazy Beta and his horde of zombies.
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