Daryl among the Whisperers in The Walking Dead.

It’s all led to this.

The Walking Dead has been around for more than a decade now, premiering in October 2010, capturing the eyes of viewers everywhere and becoming one of the most popular dramas on television.

Now, The Walking Dead Season 11 will be coming out sooner than any of us expect – and it’s time we prepare for revelations, heartbreaks, and plenty of zombie-killing action. This is everything we know so far about the upcoming Season 11 of The Walking Dead.

Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead Season 11 Will Premiere In August 2021

Usually, with The Walking Dead, an October premiere is almost a given, with a break in between eight episodes and then airing later on in the year. However, for Season 11 of The Walking Dead, the premiere will be happening on August 22, 2021, airing a lot earlier than what it’s usually done.

Hey, anything that lets me see my favorite walker-killers sooner will always be good in my book.

Negan and Daryl in The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead Season 11 Will Be Its Last, And Will Begin With Eight Episodes

After ten years and ten seasons, we are sad to say that The Walking Dead Season 11 will be its very last season after a long run. With plenty of characters that have died and insane episodes, The Walking Dead will finally call it quits after Season 11. The last season will begin with eight episodes, starting a massive 24-episode conclusion to the series.

Angela Kang, the showrunner for The Walking Dead, was eager to share her thoughts in the official announcement from AMC, stating how excited she was for the last season.

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. 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.

Daryl and Carol in The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead Cast Is Expected To Return In Season 11

With this being the last season, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of the cast that we have come to love will be returning for the final season of The Walking Dead, from Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon to Melissa McBride’s Carol Peletier. Hopefully, the last season will close plenty of storylines – and give way to the spinoff between Daryl and Carol later on.

What’s even more exciting is that for Season 11, Lauren Cohan will officially be back as a main character for The Walking Dead. While she did appear in the last couple of episodes of Season 10, Maggie will be around for the end of the show a lot more now. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cohan's return as a series regular was announced along with the renewal news for Season 11 during the 2019 NY Comic-Con, where Cohan said:

It’s completely surreal. It feels just like home. It feels so emotional. It feels really, really emotional. I feel like this is a very special Comic-Con and a very special family and I’m really happy to be here.

I missed Maggie so much for the time she was gone in The Walking Dead, so I’m super excited to see her back for one last season.

Mercer in the teaser for The Walking Dead Season 11.

The Walking Dead Season 11 Will Introduce A Key Comic Character

While we know that all of the characters we know and love will return in Season 11 of The Walking Dead, new characters from the comics will also be arriving, and an important one at that. According to Deadline, actor Michael James Shaw has signed on to play Mercer in the upcoming final season.

For those who don’t know, Mercer is a powerful soldier of the Commonwealth military in The Walking Dead comics and the leader of the community’s military. He’s pretty much the definition of a bad-ass. With this confirmation, the Commonwealth storyline is so close we can almost taste it.

Princess in The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead Season 11 Will Start Off With “Big And Scope-y” Episodes

The last six episodes of The Walking Dead Season 10 were more character-driven, focusing in on the stories that don’t quite necessarily go along with the story, but add depth and detail to the characters we have come to love. From Negan’s solo episode on his past to finding out Daryl Dixon had a girlfriend at one point, there were plenty of stories to discover.

However, showrunner Angela Kang told TV Line that the time for those stories are over.

When we start, we’re rockin’ and rollin’. We’re back to being big and scope-y. There’s going to be a feeling that things are just ripping along for the first block. Then, we’re going for some different tonal things than we’re used to on the show, which hopefully will be fun for the audience.

Can August come sooner? I’m already bouncing with excitement. I need to know where these characters are going. Angela Kang, give me the final season now!

Maggie in The Walking Dead.

Alexandria Is In Danger In The Walking Dead Season 11

We all know what happened during The Whisperer War in The Walking Dead Season 10, and how Alexandria was destroyed. Now, it’s up to the community to somehow put the pieces back together. Even so, there still seems to be danger lurking near every corner in the official synopsis released by AMC.

To summarize, the group is trying to refortify Alexandria to somehow make it stable again, with new residents now added with Hilltop and the Kingdom, both destroyed due to the war with the Whisperers. Maggie’s group as well, named the Wardens, is also staying in Alexandria, creating more people than the settlement ever had before.

Now, they all have to try and secure food and keep the place standing before it collapses, trying to find a way to somehow keep their lives and keep Alexandria standing while other communities have fallen so many times before. However, the newcomer Princess, Ezekiel, Yumiko and Eugene are still captured by mysterious soldiers, who are members of a bigger group.

If we want to theorize, I think that the bigger group might be the Commonwealth, but we don’t know for sure yet. However, you can bet that these first eight episodes are going to have plenty revealed, and so many people trying to fight to keep their home alive.

Maggie and Negan in The Walking Dead.

Maggie And Negan Will Have To Learn To Live With Each Other In Season 11

Another big part of Season 10 of The Walking Dead was Maggie and Negan meeting again. For those who don’t remember (I mean, how can you not?), Negan is the one who killed Glenn, Maggie’s husband, when he was the leader of the Saviors, so tensions are kind of thick between the two.

However, for the sake of Alexandria, these two are going to have to learn to work together. Showrunner Angela Kang talked with Deadline about the upcoming conflict, and how it’s going to affect the two characters dynamic.

As far as Maggie and Negan go, it’s like the audience is privy to watching this guy with no Maggie in his life, right, and kind of the road that he’s been on. But, for Maggie, it’s this is the guy that murdered my husband in the most brutal way possible in front of me and seemed to really enjoy that. So things don’t change for her in relation to Negan now just because we as people viewing it from the outside have gotten to see him make some different choices at times. Which is to say, I think like really those two have a lot left to reckon with, with each other.

Oh boy, this sounds like a fight waiting to happen – and I am here for it. While I’ve loved Negan’s change throughout the series, I can’t help but wonder what might happen now that Maggie is back. And now, we won’t need to wait long to find out.

The premiere date of The Walking Dead's final season in the teaser.

There’s no official trailer out yet for The Walking Dead Season 11, but there is a teaser, so be sure to check it out here.

The Walking Dead Season 11 Teaser

It’s crazy to think that The Walking Dead will be part of the 2021 Summer TV schedule and the 2021 Fall TV schedule, but the more The Walking Dead for me, the happier I’ll be. What are you excited about the most about this last season?

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