THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON

The Walking Dead is back for its 11th & final season (of the main show anyway), so you can be sure it"s going to go out all guns blazing.

At the announcement, Scott Gimple, chief content officer for The Walking Dead, offered some major teases as to what lớn expect, and how the world will continue khổng lồ expand beyond Hilltop"s walls.

"We have a lot of thrilling story left khổng lồ tell on TWD, & then this end will be a beginning of more Walking Dead – brand new stories & characters, familiar faces và places, new voices, & new mythologies," he said. "This will be a grand finale that will lead to lớn new premieres. Evolution is upon us. The Walking Dead lives."



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Despite an overall decrease in The Walking Dead"s ratings, the zombie apocalypse is clearly far from over – but as the maiden ship prepares lớn bow out, there"s a lot of ground to lớn cover.

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Here"s everything we know so far.

The Walking Dead season 11c potential release date: When will it air?

Season 11 is out now after being split into three jam-packed instalments. The first chunk aired from August 2021, with the second segment kicking off on February 20, 2022.

The third và final batch of eight episodes are yet khổng lồ be given a release date.

If we were khổng lồ make an educated guess, we"d suggest that the final part of the final season will start airing in October. That"s usually been The Walking Dead"s premiere month and, even though this is a continuation và not a whole new series, we"d expect it lớn go out in the same way it began – during the spookiest time of the year.

New episodes drop Sunday nights on AMC in the US, before becoming available on STAR on Disney+ the following Monday in the UK. The Walking Dead season 11 will have 24 episodes in total.

The Walking Dead season 11c cast: Who"s in it?



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After an extended absence, the group saw the return of Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie. Cohan described the news of her return as "completely surreal" at thành phố new york Comic bé (via The Hollywood Reporter).

"It feels just lượt thích home. It feels so emotional. It feels really, really emotional. I feel lượt thích this is a very special Comic-Con và a very special family và I"m really happy lớn be here."

The Walking Dead season 11c spoilers: What will happen?

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Angela Kang said: "11B is going to lớn have a pretty different vibe from 11A, which is not unusual for us in a season... There"s going lớn be a really fun thriller vibe to the B block that we"ve been enjoying writing.


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"I don"t want to spoil it... But there will be another group that surprises our people. & we are going khổng lồ get to lớn know the Commonwealth more deeply with our characters. & there are particular ways that that plays out, and there are a number of characters we will meet for the first time."

The official synopsis reads as follows: "Many of our heroes fighting imminent hellfire under Reaper attack while others battle Mother Nature"s torrential wrath in Alexandria. For all, their world is literally crashing down around them.

"Meanwhile, life in the Commonwealth is not as idyllic as it seems. For some, hope will be renewed. Others will be pushed past the point of no return. One truth holds tight: Lives hang in the balance with each decision drastically changing their future, their chances of survival & the state of each community."



Chatting lớn TVLine, Kang said: "When we start , we"re rockin" & rollin", we"re back to lớn being big và scope-y. There"s going khổng lồ be a feeling that things are just ripping along for the first block, then we"re going for some different tonal things than we"re used to on the show, which hopefully will be fun for the audience."

She added: "As we meet more than one kind of new community, every story will have its own vibe. So some of them may go into types of genres that haven"t been really explored on the show before.

"My hope is that it will feel like we"re still finding things that are new, even in the final season, but also that we"re just moving right along."

She chatted more about the second half of season 11 following the mid-season finale in October, và specifically the unresolved tensions between Maggie (Lauren Cohan) và Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

"We were just really interested from the beginning of the season in telling the story of Maggie and Negan, particularly because when you have two people that have the kind of history that they do," Kang told Deadline.


"It just makes for fascinating interactions when you"re forced to lớn work with somebody that you don"t entirely trust. I just think it gives us like different story telling opportunities, và I think that Negan... He"s a character that I really personally have enjoyed writing for, và Jeffrey does an amazing job with the character. He"s just one of the characters that you"ve seen in a variety of places along his journey, but Maggie has changed, too."

There are lots of cliffhangers lớn be resolved in the final third of the final season, with Judith & Gracie trapped in a flooding basement and Carol, Aaron and Connie caught out in a storm.

Kang had to revise plans for part of season 11 thanks to COVID-19 restrictions, as she explained to lớn Insider in October.

"We had a whole different kind of episode planned for episode eight, and we had lớn get really realistic about what we could actually accomplish in the storyline," she said. "So it"s just been a lot of series of decisions like that, which hopefully are relatively invisible khổng lồ the audience if they don"t know behind-the-scenes.

"It"s definitely been different for us. We have to lớn strategize differently. We have to lớn use locations differently lớn hide our limitations... It is for good reason & so we just, we roll with it, you know, because safety is more important."

Kang also revealed what people should expect in the final episodes of season 11, saying: "There"s going to be just some twists and turns and reveals & we always try to lớn keep it scary, too. Hopefully, all of that"s there for everyone as we keep on building towards an ending.

"What I"ll say is, there are characters such as Daryl that find themselves in situations that are so different in some ways than ones they"ve been in before," Kang said.

"So they"re trying lớn navigate them in ways that can sometimes be uncomfortable for their characters, because they feel like they knew how the world worked, or what their place was in their group, and they"re having khổng lồ kind of expand beyond their circle.

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"I think in a general sense, that"s kind of what a lot of our characters, in different ways, are dealing with. And then, of course, there"s scares & all the usual fun stuff that we get to vày in our show."

Whatever happens in the final episodes, there"s a major tonal shift taking place throughout the second half of the season.

"We did the first ten episodes kind of in one direction, & that involved Maggie"s story mostly, and us trying to deal with what"s going on with that as a group. And then all of a sudden, we did a one-eighty, và now it"s kind of like Willy Wonka"s chocolate factory all of a sudden," Norman Reedus said (via ComicBook).

"We"re all doing The Exorcist right now, all of our heads are spinning in a circle. Yeah, we"re all Linda Blair right now. I mean, things go from a black and white western to a technicolor Willy Wonka film like that, và it"s crazy.

" protecting the kids a lot, to lớn be honest, and...he"s protecting Maggie a lot," he added. "Maggie"s going through a big thing at the beginning of this season, he kind of takes it upon himself khổng lồ keep an eye on her & be part of that journey."

According lớn the actor, Daryl"s story "turns into a larger fight, which turns into something completely different. But I think he"s taking care of people and he"s protecting people, but he"s also with everybody else kind of protecting ."

The Walking Dead season 11c trailer: When can I watch?

We don"t yet have a teaser trailer for season 11c, but we have got one for 11b which you can enjoy here in the meantime.


Naturally, while there"s always a zombie horde or two to fight through, the true conflict comes from within the groups of survivors themselves, with division now more prominent than ever.

In the Commonwealth, governor Pamela Milton is proving khổng lồ be quite the formidable force, with the return to a "status quo" before the invasion of walkers being the prime objective... Even if that means casting out & shunning those that don"t fit in. And Maggie, more than most, is unwilling lớn live by this new stringent world.

The Walking Dead spinoffs: What"s happening?


World Beyond and Fear the Walking Dead already exist, & it"s also been confirmed that we"re getting a Daryl và Carol spinoff và a Rick Grimes movie with Michonne.

"We"re going lớn be telling stories with Michonne again," Gimple told Collider. "The kết thúc of her on the series was, in many ways, the start of the story.

"Movies take a little longer & we"re playing with it in all sorts of directions," added Gimple. "And then, the pandemic happened, which gave us the opportunity or the necessity to do that.

"We"re still doing that. Andy is super involved. is super involved. It really is proceeding. It"s just that current circumstances have given us a little extra time that we seem lớn need anyways. We really want to do it right."


Plus, Gimple and AMC are working on another anthology spin-off series, Tales of the Walking Dead, which will premiere later in 2022. The six-episode series will revolve around a different actor / scenario in each instalment.

In April 2022, it was confirmed that the show will feature the return of Alpha, Samantha Morton"s iconic season 9 and 10 villain. The news was welcomed by fans, và – presumably – by Morton, who had a blast shooting the series.

"We just achieved such amazing stuff. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the work we did together blew my mind. Melissa và I, some of the work that we had to bởi vì in the series and everybody – Cassidy, và Ryan, and Norman – and I just love everybody so much. Even actors I didn"t get to vì anything with, you just become family. I just was like, "Oh, I"m going lớn miss you all so much." It was the best job ever," Morton said when she left the series (via EW).

Alpha"s arc in the main show had a pretty definitive conclusion (spoiler: she deeead), so the episode will be a flashback. But, considering the fact that some of The Walking Dead"s greatest moments came in flashback form (with the Morgan-centric "Here"s Not Here" being the possible highlight of the series as a whole), that"s actually great news.

Previously-announced Tales of the Walking Dead cast members include Anthony Edwards, Jillian Bell, Terry Crews, Daniella Pineda, Parker Posey, và Poppy Liu. Whether this series will tie in some way khổng lồ the back over of The Walking Dead season 11c is yet to be seen – but with the eight episodes already doing a lot of heavy lifting (they have lớn resolve the Commonwealth arc, the show as a whole & set up half of these spin-offs), we"d say it"s unlikely.

"This series, more than any other in the Walking Dead Universe, runs on new voices, perspectives, & ideas — bringing khổng lồ life stories unlike any we"ve told before," said Gimple.


Finally, in March 2022, yet another spin-off was announced – this time Isle of the Dead, focusing on Maggie và Negan.

"It not only adds another compelling series khổng lồ this collection, it extends our storytelling around two unforgettable characters fans have grown lớn love, hate or hate & then love in Maggie và Negan, brilliantly inhabited by Lauren and Jeffrey," said Dan McDermott, the President of Entertainment & AMC Studios for the AMC Networks.

"It also lets us explore a corner of this universe located on the island of Manhattan, with an iconic skyline that takes on a very different meaning when viewed through the lens of a zombie apocalypse."

The Walking Dead airs on AMC in the US. UK viewers can catch up on the show on STAR on Disney+.