The Walking Dead season 10 ended with something of a big cliffhanger as the show didn't end as originally expected. The season finale wasn't finished ahead of the production shut down and will now air later this year as a one-off special of sorts. Now, director Greg Nicotero reveals what happened, as well as teasing a bit of what to expect from the episode.
Greg Nicotero is a visual effects legend and has been a big part of The Walking Dead from the beginning. Nicotero directed the season 10 finale, which was originally scheduled to air on April 12 but has yet to be given a new air date by AMC. As explained by Nicotero in a recent interview, they were in the middle of the post-production process when the shutdown happened.
"When you're in post-production, it kind of goes like this. You have to edit the episode, then you do sound effects, and then you do music, and then visual effects, and then color timing to make sure all the colors in all the scenes match, and then you have to do a quality check to make sure nothing is messed up. So there are all these steps that have to happen, and generally speaking, the way our production schedule works is those happen up to about three weeks before the episode airs."
Most TV and movie productions were put on hold around mid-March. Filming on The Walking Dead season 10 concluded in November, but the episodes were still making their way through the post-production process. Given the timeline, it seems the finale was very close to being finished before work was stopped. Nicotero, speaking further, explained that they weren't behind schedule, it's just the way things panned out.
"So we were really on our way to the finish line when things started slowing down because of the stay at home work order. So we just missed that window. It wasn't that the effects were delayed or anything was delayed. It was just the delivery of the episode was set to be delivered at a specific date and we had to shut down before they hit that date. It's a really amazing episode. I love the way episode 15 ends where you see Beta bringing the herd to the tower where everybody is holed up. There's a lot teed up, so to speak."
Without giving much away there, Greg Nicotero gives fans a little bit of an idea of what is in store for the survivors in the finale. Though, it may be a while before the episode makes it to air. It's not expected that production will be able to ramp up again for at least a couple more months. Then AMC will need to find the right time to drop the episode after it is finished.
The Walking Dead has already been renewed for season 11, but production will almost certainly be delayed on that front as well. Additionally, the upcoming spin-off, World Beyond, had its premiere delayed as well. The spin-off has yet to land a new air date. This news comes to us via Entertainment Weekly.