The Walking Dead is Back and Better Than Ever for its Final Season
Some spoilers below.
Hit zombie survival drama series The Walking Dead has finally returned to AMC for its eleventh and final season. Director of photography Duane Charles Manwiller announced that half of the season is officially finished filming with an Instagram post featuring a zombie and “The WALKING DEAD version of a color chart/grey scale.” Luckily for fans, the final season is set to be very long, featuring a total of 24 episodes.
With the first few episodes thoroughly teased, fans may have some educated guesses on where this gritty ensemble may go from their season 10 finale. The Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) conflict is expected to come to a head, Daryl (Norman Reedus) will need to face the impending threat of The Reapers, and The Commonwealth proves to be one of the biggest threats they have faced yet, all while other survivors focus on rebuilding their Alexandria home base.
According to the synopsis released by AMC and Skybound,
“Alexandria has more people that it can manage to feed and protect. Their situation is dire as tensions heat up over past events and self-preservation rises to the surface within the ravaged walls. They must secure more food while they attempt to restore Alexandria before it collapses like countless other communities they have come across throughout the years…More haggard and hungrier than ever before, they must dig deeper to find the effort and strength to safeguard the lives of their children, even if it means losing their own.”
However, this dramatic and highly anticipated conclusion to one of AMC’s best series will not really be the end. Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond, established spinoff shows set within the same universe will continue filming. Season seven of Fear the Walking Dead premieres on October 17, while the second season of The Walking Dead: World Beyond limited series will return on October 3. If that is not enough, The Walking Dead: Origins, a series of four special episodes that spotlights Daryl, Carol (Melissa McBride), Maggie, and Negan can give much-needed insight into each of their personal journeys. Furthermore, Daryl and Carol are confirmed to be getting their own spinoff series that will follow their moves after the completion of the show, and there are plans to revive Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) story in the form of a trilogy of movies.
While The Walking Dead has captivated fans for almost a decade now, the showrunners feel that it is time for the story to come to a dramatic conclusion, though the universe of this apocalypse has much more content to enjoy.