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Everything You Need To Know About The Walking Dead’s 11th & Final Season

The show’s biggest season is coming soon.

Negan's presence could complicate things even more in Season 11 of 'The Walking Dead.' Photo via AMC

Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead Season 10. Season 10 of The Walking Dead concluded with a handful of smaller, character-based episodes. That might be a good thing because viewers will need some breathing room before approaching the potentially enormous conflicts that Season 11, the final chapter, has in store. The upcoming season comes with the tall order of wrapping up the survivors’ stories in a fulfilling way, except for Daryl and Carol, who will have their very own spinoff. Even with a whopping 24 episodes, there are several loose ends to tie up and new threats we haven’t even fully discovered, like the Commonwealth. Here is everything we know about Season 11 so far, including its premiere date, trailer, cast, and more.

The Walking Dead Season 11 Plot

Based on their tension in the Season 10 finale, it looks like Negan and Maggie may be due for a face-off in Season 11. As Carol warned, Maggie’s out for blood. But that’s not the only conflict we can expect to see in the episodes ahead. Season 10C, though smaller in scale, effectively teased two new threats: the mysterious Reapers (originally part of the Season 11 plan, according to an Insider interview with showrunner Angela Kang) and the highly advanced and armed Commonwealth. Whatever the new episodes bring, expect some deviation from Season 10C, which was shot with smaller groups and sets with COVID safety in mind. Kang told Deadline that Season 11, which began filming in February, was a return to “bigger, scope-ier type of stuff, like giant builds and tons of stunts and everything.”

The Walking Dead Season 11 Cast

In addition to returning characters (none of the core survivors died in Season 10C), at least one member of the Commonwealth community has been announced so far. Michael James Shaw, who appeared in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame as one of Thanos’ fighters, Corvus Glaive, was cast as Mercer, he announced on Instagram. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Mercer had a military background pre-apocalypse and serves as “chief officer of the Commonwealth soldiers,” and he also had a relationship with Princess. Perhaps that’s a hint that Princess and her friends make it out of Commonwealth custody.

One memorable character from Season 10C, Leah (played by Lynn Collins), has not been confirmed to return for Season 11. But as Kang teased to Entertainment Weekly, “I'll just say to watch season 11 as that comes along.”

The Walking Dead Season 11 Trailer

A full trailer has not been released for The Walking Dead’s final season yet, but the show is teasing glimpses of the upcoming episodes via short teasers on social media. They’re showing up weekly, so be sure to keep checking Twitter for a closer look at what Season 11 has in store. So far, we’ve seen snippets of what looks like an interrogation room, ice cream cones, a bakery cake (with a cash register sound in the background), a subway station, and a courthouse with a gavel. Each is accompanied by foreboding background music, and there are several blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cuts to unfamiliar photographs and other footage.

The teasers might be setting up the Commonwealth from the comics, which was advanced enough to have things like restaurants, practicing lawyers, and other pieces of the “past.”

The Walking Dead Season 11 Premiere

The official Walking Dead Twitter has only announced that the show will return this summer — but we’ll be watching for a specific date in the weeks ahead and months ahead. Even though the end is near, AMC said the final episodes would “run through late 2022,” so if you’re not ready to say goodbye yet, you don’t have to.

This post will be updated with the trailer as well as additional cast and plot details as more information on The Walking Dead Season 11 becomes available.