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Season 11 is the final season of AMC's The Walking Dead. It premiered on August 22, 2021, and will conclude in 2022, consisting of 24 episodes. Developed for television by Frank Darabont, the series is based on the eponymous series of comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The executive producers are Kirkman, David Alpert, Scott Gimple, Angela Kang, Greg Nicotero, Joe Incaprera, Denise Huth, and Gale Anne Hurd, with Kang as showrunner for her third and final season.

This season will adapt material from issues #175-193 of the Comic Series. It focuses on the group's encounter with the Commonwealth, a large network of communities that has advanced equipment and almost fifty thousand survivors living in their different settlements. Additionally, the season also focuses on the group's confrontation with the Reapers, a mysterious faction of hostile survivors that attacked and took Meridian, the former home of Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and her new people, the Wardens.

Plot

"Acheron: Part I"

With Alexandria's food supply dwindling, Maggie leads a team (among them Daryl, Gabriel, Alden, and Negan) to scavenge Meridian, a place where she lived prior to returning to Alexandria. Elsewhere, Eugene, Ezekiel, Yumiko and Princess are interrogated by auditors of the Commonwealth. They are able to escape from the outpost, but Yumiko learns that her brother might be in the community so they decide to stay. Maggie's group descends underground into a subway station, but are ambushed by walkers. As the group climbs up a subway car ladder to safety, Daryl and Dog become separated from the others. Maggie is the last one to ascend the ladder, but Negan abandons her as she struggles; she loses her grip and falls, leaving her fate unknown.

"Acheron: Part II"

Maggie escapes from the walkers and reunites with the main group inside the subway car, revealing how Negan declined to help her. Gage, who had fled with the group's supplies along with Roy, returns but is followed by a horde of walkers; Maggie refuses to save him, causing Gage to stab himself before being devoured. Daryl and Dog find the wounded Roy, and Daryl makes his way back to the group, helping them escape the horde lured by Gage. The group leaves the subway station only to be attacked by the Reapers who kill Roy. Meanwhile, Yumiko requests expedited processing from the Commonwealth auditors. When interrogated by Mercer, Eugene tells him about Stephanie and lies that he is not part of a larger settlement. Mercer is convinced and allows the group to complete their processing; a woman is brought forth, introducing herself as Stephanie.

"Hunted"

The Reapers ambush Maggie's group in the woods, killing Cole and Duncan in the process; the group scatters. The following day, Maggie continues to be hunted by the Reapers, but later joins up with Negan and Alden, the latter of whom insists he is too injured to continue and requests to be left behind. Obeying Alden's wishes, Maggie and Negan continue on to retrieve supplies from a supply depot in Arbor Hills. Meanwhile, at Alexandria, Carol, Rosita, Magna, and Kelly retrieve some of the community's escaped horses. However, Carol is forced to slaughter one of them to provide food for the starving community.

"Rendition"

Daryl finds himself being stalked by one of the Reapers and becomes separated from Dog. Soon after, he finds Dog sitting comfortably next to a masked female Reaper who reveals herself to be Daryl's former romantic partner, Leah. Daryl is subsequently imprisoned by the group and tortured for information at Meridian. Leah convinces Daryl to tell the group's leader, Pope, something to appease him; Daryl obliges with minimal information. As a test arranged by Pope, Daryl and Leah are locked inside a shed by Pope's men, who proceed to burn it to the ground; the two manage to escape. Pope ensures Daryl is welcomed into the group, but Daryl appears uncomfortable with the arrangement, having witnessed Pope's unhinged treatment towards a member of his group.

"Out of the Ashes"

Carol, Aaron, Jerry, and Lydia go to the ruins of the Hilltop Colony to look for supplies where they discover a small group of Whisperers still alive. Demanding information, Aaron tortures the leader, who insists that they're no longer a threat, but Carol stops Aaron before he does something he might regret. In exchange for his life being spared, the Whisperer informs the group about Connie's whereabouts; they decide to leave the next morning to look for her. Elsewhere, Eugene, Ezekiel, Yumiko, and Princess go through orientation at the Commonwealth; Yumiko reunites with her brother, Tomi. While Eugene tours the community with Stephanie, she offers to help him contact Alexandria on the radio. However, they are caught by soldiers of the community and placed under arrest, but are released on the orders of Lance Hornsby, the deputy governor and director of operations. Meanwhile, Maggie and Negan trudge through the woods and stop in an abandoned neighborhood house to wait for the others; they are eventually joined by Gabriel and Elijah. In Alexandria, Judith clashes with the local teenagers.

"On the Inside"

Connie and Virgil have been surviving together and are chased into a mansion populated by a group of people driven insane, who have resorted to feral cannibalism. The pair are able to defeat most of the cannibals and are rescued by a group consisting of Kelly, Magna, Carol, and Rosita, with the sisters being reunited at last. Meanwhile, Daryl is forced to torture Frost for the location of Maggie's hideout. While scoping it out with a team of Reapers led by Leah, Daryl does his best to protect his friends from their search. Maggie's group successfully escapes despite the Reaper Carver's suspicions of Daryl. When they return to Meridian, Leah's group learns that Pope killed Frost after further interrogation.

"Promises Broken"

At the Commonwealth, Eugene, Ezekiel, Princess, and Stephanie are sentenced to community service clearing walkers from buildings. Eugene and Stephanie save Sebastian Milton, the son of Governor Pamela Milton, from walkers, but when Sebastian is ungrateful Eugene punches him, getting himself imprisoned. Lance offers Eugene freedom and help for his community if he gives up Alexandria's location. Meanwhile, the Reapers are growing frustrated due to being unable to find Maggie's group. Daryl and Leah find a family in the woods, and Leah refuses to kill them despite Pope's orders to do so. Negan forces Maggie to promise to stop plotting to kill him in exchange for his help against the Reapers, and she reluctantly agrees. Negan fashions a Whisperer mask for Maggie and trains her to command walkers so they can gather a horde to attack Meridian with. During preparation, Negan admits to Maggie he should have killed Rick's entire group during their initial confrontation to convince her of his honesty.

"For Blood"

A storm besieges Alexandria with the survivors struggling to keep walkers at bay after the storm brings down some of the walls. Maggie's group brings their horde to Meridian, where Leah grows disgusted with Pope's callous disregard for the lives of the Reapers after one Reaper is killed by the disguised group among the horde. As night falls, the Reapers begin destroying the horde with land mines. Daryl helps Maggie and Gabriel infiltrate Meridian and allow walkers inside and finally confesses to Leah his allegiance to Maggie. Leah is aghast but when Pope prepares to fire a hwacha at walker and Reaper alike, she kills Pope. Despite Daryl inviting her to join his family, Leah refuses, remaining loyal to her family with the Reapers and taking leadership of them. Leah outs Daryl's true allegiance to the other Reapers and attacks the group with the hwacha.

Episodes

Title Writer(s) Director(s) Original Air Date U.S. Viewers
1. "Acheron: Part I" Angela Kang
Jim Barnes
Kevin Dowling August 22, 2021 2.22 million
2. "Acheron: Part II" Angela Kang
Jim Barnes
Kevin Dowling August 29, 2021 1.99 million
3. "Hunted" Vivian Tse Frederick E.O. Toye September 5, 2021 1.87 million
4. "Rendition" Nicole Mirante-Matthews Frederick E.O. Toye September 12, 2021 1.88 million
5. "Out of the Ashes" LaToya Morgan Greg Nicotero September 19, 2021 1.91 million
6. "On the Inside" Kevin Deiboldt Greg Nicotero September 26, 2021 1.78 million
7. "Promises Broken" Julia Ruchman Sharat Raju October 3, 2021 1.89 million
8. "For Blood" Erik Mountain Sharat Raju October 10, 2021 1.91 million

Title Screen

Main article: Title Screens (TV Series)

Cast

Uncredited

Deaths

Production

On October 5, 2019, AMC announced the show was renewed for an eleventh season.[1] The eleventh season was announced on September 9, 2020, as the final season with Angela Kang serving as showrunner.[2] In July 2020, AMC announced that Season 11 would not premiere in October 2020 as originally planned due to production delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[3][4] In March 2020, it was reported that pre-production had been halted and that filming would be delayed three to four weeks also due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] Filming for the final season began in February 2021.[6][7] The series moved from shooting on 16 mm film to digital beginning with the six bonus episodes from Season 10. This change was prompted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safety precautions with there being less "touch points" with digital than film. Showrunner Angela Kang stated they would use post-production techniques to maintain the look of the series.[8]

In 2014, executive producer David Alpert said that the comics have given them enough ideas for Rick Grimes and company over the next seven years. "I happen to love working from source material, specifically because we have a pretty good idea of what season 10 is gonna be," Alpert said. He continued by saying: "We know where seasons 11 and 12 [will be]... we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we're lucky enough to get there."[9] In September 2018, AMC CEO Josh Sapan further clarified Alpert's statement, saying the network plan on continuing The Walking Dead as a franchise for another 10 years, including new films and television series based on the original comic book series.[10]

AMC confirmed in September 2020 that the series would conclude with the eleventh season, covering 24 episodes over a two-year broadcast period, at the same time as announcing a spin-off series involving the characters of Daryl and Carol to start airing in 2023.[11][12]

Casting

In October 2019, Lauren Cohan was confirmed to be returning to the series as Maggie, after being absent since early in the ninth season.[13][14] Cohan officially returned to the series near the end of the tenth season.[15] In July 2020, Margot Bingham was confirmed to reprise her role as Stephanie for this season; she previously appeared in Season 10 in a voice-only role.[16] In March 2021, it was announced that Michael James Shaw had been cast in the series regular role of Mercer.[17] In April 2021, Jacob Young was cast as Deaver, a member of the Reapers.[18] In September 2021, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Morgan's 11-year old son, Gus Morgan, made a cameo appearance in the fifth episode as a featured walker.[19][20]

Release

The trailer was released on July 24, 2021, during a virtual panel at the San Diego Comic-Con.[21] The final season, titled "The Final Season Trilogy", premiered on August 22, 2021, on AMC and is set to contain 24 episodes that will be split into three eight-episode airing blocks, with the series concluding in 2022.[22][23] It also premiered a week early on August 15, 2021, on AMC+ and each episode of the season will be made available a week before its broadcast date.[24][25] In the UK, the season debuted on August 23, 2021, on Disney+ via its Star hub.[26]

Reception

Critical Response

The eleventh season of The Walking Dead has received generally positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season holds a score of 81% with an average rating of 6 out of 10, based on 97 reviews.[27] Paul Dailly of TV Fanatic gave the first two episodes 4.5 out of 5 stars, calling the episodes "dark, filled with stakes and nail-biting moments".[28] Writing for Forbes, Erik Kain gave the two-part premiere a positive review and considered them "a pretty damn impressive introduction to Season 11" and that they have him "excited for what's to come".[29] In contrast, Kirsten Acuna of Insider wrote a slightly less positive review, stating that the episodes are "decent" and "satisfying, but it doesn't feel like a big-budget premiere" that she was hoping for.[30]

Trivia

References

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  15. https://tvline.com/2020/04/06/lauren-cohan-returns-the-walking-dead-maggie-finale-trailer-video/
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  26. https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/the-walking-dead-how-to-watch-uk/
  27. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/the_walking_dead/s11
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  29. https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2021/08/10/the-walking-dead-season-11-review-the-first-two-episodes-are-surprisingly-great/
  30. https://www.insider.com/the-walking-dead-season-11-premiere-review-2021-8
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  32. https://twitter.com/cudlitz/status/1420577879000244224
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  34. 'Fear TWD' star Lennie James has had a conversation about whether or not he'll return to 'The Walking Dead' on its final season
Episodes of The Walking Dead
Season 1 "Days Gone Bye" • "Guts" • "Tell It to the Frogs" • "Vatos" • "Wildfire" • "TS-19"
Season 2 "What Lies Ahead" • "Bloodletting" • "Save the Last One" • "Cherokee Rose" • "Chupacabra" • "Secrets" • "Pretty Much Dead Already" • "Nebraska" • "Triggerfinger" • "18 Miles Out" • "Judge, Jury, Executioner" • "Better Angels" • "Beside the Dying Fire"
Season 3 "Seed" • "Sick" • "Walk With Me" • "Killer Within" • "Say the Word" • "Hounded" • "When the Dead Come Knocking" • "Made to Suffer" • "The Suicide King" • "Home" • "I Ain't a Judas" • "Clear" • "Arrow on the Doorpost" • "Prey" • "This Sorrowful Life" • "Welcome to the Tombs"
Season 4 "30 Days Without An Accident" • "Infected" • "Isolation" • "Indifference" • "Internment" • "Live Bait" • "Dead Weight" • "Too Far Gone" • "After" • "Inmates" • "Claimed" • "Still" • "Alone" • "The Grove" • "Us" • "A"
Season 5 "No Sanctuary" • "Strangers" • "Four Walls and a Roof" • "Slabtown" • "Self Help" • "Consumed" • "Crossed" • "Coda" • "What Happened and What's Going On" • "Them" • "The Distance" • "Remember" • "Forget" • "Spend" • "Try" • "Conquer"
Season 6 "First Time Again" • "JSS" • "Thank You" • "Here's Not Here" • "Now" • "Always Accountable" • "Heads Up" • "Start to Finish" • "No Way Out" • "The Next World" • "Knots Untie" • "Not Tomorrow Yet" • "The Same Boat" • "Twice as Far" • "East" • "Last Day on Earth"
Season 7 "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" • "The Well" • "The Cell" • "Service" • "Go Getters" • "Swear" • "Sing Me a Song" • "Hearts Still Beating" • "Rock in the Road" • "New Best Friends" • "Hostiles and Calamities" • "Say Yes" • "Bury Me Here" • "The Other Side" • "Something They Need" • "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"
Season 8 "Mercy" • "The Damned" • "Monsters" • "Some Guy" • "The Big Scary U" • "The King, the Widow, and Rick" • "Time for After" • "How It's Gotta Be" • "Honor" • "The Lost and the Plunderers" • "Dead or Alive Or" • "The Key" • "Do Not Send Us Astray" • "Still Gotta Mean Something" • "Worth" • "Wrath"
Season 9 "A New Beginning" • "The Bridge" • "Warning Signs" • "The Obliged" • "What Comes After" • "Who Are You Now?" • "Stradivarius" • "Evolution" • "Adaptation" • "Omega" • "Bounty" • "Guardians" • "Chokepoint" • "Scars" • "The Calm Before" • "The Storm"
Season 10 "Lines We Cross" • "We Are the End of the World" • "Ghosts" • "Silence the Whisperers" • "What It Always Is" • "Bonds" • "Open Your Eyes" • "The World Before" • "Squeeze" • "Stalker" • "Morning Star" • "Walk With Us" • "What We Become" • "Look at the Flowers" • "The Tower" • "A Certain Doom" • "Home Sweet Home" • "Find Me" • "One More" • "Splinter" • "Diverged" • "Here's Negan"
Season 11 "Acheron: Part I" • "Acheron: Part II" • "Hunted" • "Rendition" • "Out of the Ashes" • "On the Inside" • "Promises Broken" • "For Blood"
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