For the first time since the show debuted in 2010, The Walking Dead will miss its usual October premiere date. Delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have forced AMC to push back the premiere of The Walking Dead season 11 to 2021.
In the new season’s place, AMC will instead air the season 10 finale, the episode titled “A Certain Doom,” on Oct. 4, followed by six “extra” season 10 episodes in early 2021. At the moment, it’s unclear what exactly those six new episodes will be about, although the fact that they’re a continuation of the season suggests that these will be formed out of unused footage from the season 10 shoot. AMC hasn’t gone into detail about these episodes yet, though.
Fortunately, the network is already on the move when it comes to season 11, which now has a production start date. AMC CEO Josh Sapan confirmed during an earnings call (via THR) that filming for The Walking Dead season 11 will begin down on the show’s Georgia set in October, but he also stressed that AMC would continue to monitor the evolving situation with the pandemic and adapt as needed.
The new season is set to mark a new era for the show, which has spent the last two years tying up loose ends in the aftermath of the war with Negan and the Saviors as well as exploring a creepy enemy faction known as the Whisperers. With season 10 set to bring Alexandria’s war with the Whisperers to a decisive end, The Walking Dead season 11 will be positioned to explore new territory. Already, the show has teased its next big story, one taken straight from the Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard comics, as Eugene, Ezekiel, Yumiko, and Princess continue on a journey that will lead them to a new group they were previously unaware of. Could it be the Commonwealth from the comics? We’ll have to wait until 2021 to find out.
Despite the lack of a new season of The Walking Dead, AMC is still bringing quite a bit of zombie drama to our television sets in October. The new spinoff series, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, is scheduled to premiere right after “A Certain Doom” on Oct. 4. Fear the Walking Dead season 6 will follow on Oct. 11, taking what would have most likely been The Walking Dead season 11’s premiere date.
Sapan also revealed that AMC plans to resume filming for Fear the Walking Dead season 6 in late August down in Texas. This will likely be for episodes of the second half of Fear the Walking Dead season 6 which will presumably run sometime in 2021.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about The Walking Dead.