When will 'The Walking Dead' Season 11 return? Here's what to expect from 'The New World Order'
Interestingly enough, Jeffrey Dean Morgan revealed in an interview that Season 11 was not supposed to be the last season of the series
Spoilers for 'The Walking Dead' Season 10 extended episodes
AMC had announced in February that the final season of the zombie apocalypse thriller 'The Walking Dead' would be premiering this year. Fans were expecting the premiere in October, so this came as a nice surprise, and after the Season 10 finale, you would be on the edge of your seat for the next season. Season 10 Episode 22 'Here's Negan' aired on AMC+ on April 1 and will premiere on AMC on April 4, 2021, so some have already watched the episode, others will soon get what we mean.
Season 10 took us inside the heads of Carol (Melissa McBride), Princess (Paola Lázaro), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), and of course Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The way the season ended, we'll just say this might not be the last we hear of Negan and his bat Lucille.
When will 'The Walking Dead' Season 11 return?
Well, as per Comicbook, the filming of Season 11 had already started on February 8. Writer-producer Jim Barnes said, "We're shooting (Season 11 episodes) one and two right now, it's a two-part episode, a two-part premiere. What can I say? It's going back to (be) scary, it's scary. We're making a concerted effort to put that back into, especially these first two or three, and actually all throughout (the season). We're exploring things and doing things that I haven't seen done on the show before, which is really exciting. Just different set pieces and locations, and the fact that we're pulling it off during the pandemic is a testament to the crew in Georgia, it's incredible. It's big, I think I can say that," during the 'Talk Dead To Me' podcast.
There is no official release date for Season 11 of 'The Walking Dead'. All we know for now is that it will premiere in summer 2021 and we're excited for 'The New World Order'. As per Digital Spy, Season 11 with have 24 episodes and the first half will air August 22, 2021, while the second half will air in 2022.
Interestingly enough, Morgan revealed in an interview with Collider that Season 11 was not supposed to be the last season of the series. He said, “The news, when we got it in the middle of the pandemic, was a complete surprise, not only to me and the rest of the actors, but to everybody involved in the show from production. Scott Gimple and Angela Kang had no idea either. It came from nowhere and there was such a huge pivot. I think they had Season 11 all mapped out, where they were going to go, and suddenly it became, ‘We also have to close the story, in a way.’ It took everybody by surprise, so it was a massive pivot. And then, they threw in the six tacked-on episodes to Season 10, and instead of doing 16, we’re going to do 24 more. There was a lot of stuff to wrap our heads around.”
He further added, “That being said, it’s f*****g surreal as hell to think that this will be the last bit of it. It’s become such a part of my life, and a part of everyone’s life that’s in the show, that it’s hard to reconcile the fact this will be over in a year from now. Well, in fact, I will still be here a year from now, but you know what I mean. There’s not a Season 12. It’s very weird… So, in a nutshell, I’m not thinking about the end yet, although it’s back there. We still have a lot of story to tell.”
Speaking about the final season, showrunner Kang added a bit about the character Maggie saying that she is a "part of the heart of these people's lives. There's so much love for her within our communities, and she was a leader at a time when so much of the leadership at Hilltop had been lost. Even as we're working on Season 11, we've got so much great stuff planned for her."
She also revealed, "We're in the middle of prepping a pretty gigantic premiere for season 11. It's going to have some action which – even this deep into it all – is hopefully unlike anything people have seen before. We're always trying to creatively top ourselves, give people a really fun, cinematic experience, while also being true to these characters that people have grown to love." She added, "Surprisingly, there's always still more room to go in different directions. The Whisperers went to a certain kind of scope and scale and epicness, but the next story we’re going into has a different version of it. We're not going to be repeating ourselves with the type of story that we're doing, but there's still going to be lots of fun, scares, horror, and action."
Besides the spinoffs 'World Beyond' and 'Fear the Walking Dead', there is also a Daryl and Carol spinoff confirmed and a movie with Rick Grimes and Michonne, so the 'Walking Dead' universe doesn't end with Season 11, it's just expanding. Producer and writer Scott told Collider, "We're going to be telling stories with Michonne again. The end of her on the series was, in many ways, the start of the story."
'The Walking Dead' Season 10 airs on Sundays at 9 pm EST on AMC.