It was announced by AMC on Tuesday that The Walking Dead’s current season will end early without a finale.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shut down TV productions, thrown plans for new series into limbo, and wreaked havoc on the entertainment industry, including The Walking Dead Universe. First the highly anticipated new series The Walking Dead: World Beyond premiere was pushed back indefinitely. Now the current season of The Walking Dead will end early.
AMC announced on Tuesday that The Walking Dead‘s 10th season will end with episode 15 on April 5. The 16th episode, which would also have been the season finale, was in post-production when the pandemic hit and was unable to be finished in time to air. AMC said that that finale would air as a standalone special sometime later this year.
The official press release from AMC says:
“Current events have unfortunately made it impossible to complete post-production of The Walking Dead Season 10 finale, so the current season will end with its 15th episode on Sunday, April 5. The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year.”
Filming for The Walking Dead usually begins in May in Senoia, Ga., but because of the restrictions that are currently in place to contain the pandemic, filming has been pushed back for several weeks. That means it’s likely The Walking Dead season 11 won’t start filming until June or even later. Fear the Walking Dead filming was also affected, and filming was shut down indefinitely after just about half the season was filmed.
What This Means
The Walking Dead season 10 has delivered some huge moments already, so it’s likely that fans won’t be left hanging when it comes to the end of the Whisperers arc. However, there are some big beginnings that are presumably coming in the finale as the next big narrative arc gets ready to kick off.
Among the moments that are still to come in season 10 are the arrival of Princess, a character from the comic played on the show by Paola Lazaro, and the return of Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene Rhee. Currently, there’s no indication if one or both of those moments was due to happen in the finale.
We Survive Together
It’s disappointing that the finale of The Walking Dead will be delayed and that the other shows in TWD Universe will be delayed, but we all need to do our parts to stop the spread of this pandemic. If production needs to shut down to keep people safe, then that’s how it has to be. We all have jobs to do TWDFamily and waiting for The Walking Dead is ours.
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