The end is closer than we thought. Tonight, AMC aired the 10th season finale of The Walking Dead and the channel also teased what’s to come. The 11th and final episode of the horror series will kick off on Sunday, August 22nd. There will be 24 episodes. All of the previous seasons have launched in October and typically have 16 installments each.
Launching in October 2019, season 10 of The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Khary Payton, Cooper Andrews, Avi Nash, Callan McAuliffe, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, Lauren Ridloff, Cailey Fleming, Samantha Morton, Cassady McClincy, and Ryan Hurst. The story started 10 years ago with one man trying to find his family. That family grew and gradually communities took shape. They fought and survived, thrived, and gave birth to a new generation. The 10th season picked back up with the group in Oceanside as they continue to train in case The Whisperers return.
The 10th season was supposed to have the typical 16 episodes but was expanded by six episodes (which have all aired in 2021). The 10th season is averaging a 1.01 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.08 million viewers in the traditional ratings. Compared to season nine, that’s down by 46% and 38%, respectively.
Following tonight’s finale, AMC released a video of the cast and crew, discussing the six extra episodes, and a teaser about what’s to come in the final season.
Updated with the AMC press release:
“The world is ours. By right. We’ve come together for it. All of us.” – Rick Grimes
THE EPIC JOURNEY TO FINALE FOR AMC’S SMASH HIT “THE WALKING DEAD” BEGINS SUNDAY, AUGUST 22
THE FLAGSHIP SERIES’ FINAL, EXPANDED SEASON KICKS OFF WITH 8 EPISODES
NEW YORK – April 4, 2021 – The epic journey to the series finale of AMC’s smash hit The Walking Dead will begin Sunday, August 22, as announced in a new teaser that ran during tonight’s Season 10 finale. The flagship series’ final, expanded season will kick off with eight new episodes, the first of a massive 24-episode story arc that will bring the show’s decade-long successful run to conclusion.
“Coming off of the six additional episodes for Season 10, which focused on smaller, character-driven stories, we’re excited to kick off Season 11 bigger than ever,” says Angela Kang, showrunner and executive producer of The Walking Dead. “The stakes will be high – we’ll see more zombies, tons of action, intriguing new stories, never-before-seen locations and our groups together in one community for the first time, trying to rebuild what the Whisperers took from them.”
“The final chapter of The Walking Dead begins with eight action-packed episodes that will feature the massive scope and scale fans have come to expect from TWD Universe, and I’m thrilled to share that fans won’t have to wait long for these incredible new episodes to debut this summer,” adds Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of TWD Universe.
The Walking Dead shattered ratings records over ten seasons and remains the #1 series on basic cable for the 12th consecutive year, among A25-54 in L+3 viewing. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead is produced by AMC Studios and executive produced by Gimple, Kang, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Joseph Incaprera and Denise Huth.
What do you think? Are you a fan of The Walking Dead TV series? Are you looking forward to the 11th and final season?