Time to get reacquainted with The Walking Dead!
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re getting a very different San Diego Comic-Con this year. Dubbed SDCC @ Home, 2020 is giving us a virtual event, with panels either pre-recorded or conducted over live-stream.
The Walking Dead was the first major series to conduct a virtual panel. Many cast members took part in the panel, along with showrunner Angela Kang, and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.
Here’s the most important things we learned from The Walking Dead SDCC @ Home panel.
The Walking Dead’s Season 10 finale will air on October 4
Back in early April, fans were left disappointed by the news that The Walking Dead’s Season 10 finale was going to be delayed. Post-production (Special effects, sound, etc) was unable to be completed before Covid-19 restrictions brought much of the entertainment industry to a screaming halt.
Ever since, fans have been left eagerly awaiting a new premiere date. At the SDCC @ Home panel, it was revealed that the finale will air on October 4. An extended preview for the episode was also screened.
The Good News.. Season 10 will now have six ‘extra’ episodes
Showrunner Angela Kang also revealed that Season 10 will now include six additional episodes. However, Kang emphasised that the episode airing on October 4 is still the Season finale, and that the additional episodes are simply ‘extra’ episodes.
What exactly this means is unclear, but it’s certainly got fans talking. The six extra episodes will air in early 2021.
The Bad News.. Season 11 is officially delayed until 2021
Usually, The Walking Dead would have resumed filming a few months ago, in time for the first half of a new season to air around October or November. Unfortunately, due to the dangerously high number of Covid-19 cases in the U.S, returning to filming has not been possible. As a result, the show’s eleventh season will be delayed until sometime in 2021.
While the news was not unexpected, it is still disappointing for fans.
New spin-off series The Walking Dead: The World Beyond will debut on October 4
The Walking Dead SDCC @ Home panel also gave fans a closer look at the show’s upcoming second spin off, The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Billed as a two-season event, the series follows a group of teenagers, part of the first generation to have grown up in the apocalypse. The series is also rumoured to feature CRM, aka the ‘helicopter people’, who likely have custody of the missing Rick Grimes.
Originally set to debut in April, World Beyond was also delayed by the Covid crisis. The series will now premiere on October 4, following The Walking Dead season 10 finale.
Fear The Walking Dead Season 5 will premiere on October 11
Meanwhile, first spin-off Fear The Walking Dead is about to enter it’s sixth season. Many fans believe Fear found its feet after Morgan Jones crossed over the flagship series, and are eager to know the character’s fate after he was left in a tight spot at the end of season five.
Season six will also see the reunion of Sherry and Dwight. Fans will remember that Dwight departed The Walking Dead to search for his former wife, Sherry, after the defeat of Negan. However, both Dwight and Sherry are very different people than they were when they last met, so the reunion may not be smooth sailing.
Fear The Walking Dead season six will premiere on October 11. Airing alongside World Beyond, Fear’s premiere will mark the first time two Walking Dead series are airing concurrently.
The ‘Rick Grimes’ movies are definitely still happening
When former The Walking Dead leading man Rick Grimes was whisked away by the mysterious helicopter group in season nine, fans were promised answers would come, in the form of three planned films. Very little has been heard about the films since, leading fans to wonder if we’ll ever actually see them.
According to the panel, the movies are still in development, but the planned filming dates have been delayed due to the pandemic. Former star Andrew Lincoln is still completely on board, and has been working with the writers and producers on further developing the character of Rick.
After a long drought in new TV news, the info given at The Walking Dead SDCC @ Home panel was very welcome. Hopefully, will learn even more as those premiere dates approach.