AMC is going to squeeze every ounce of juice that they possibly can out of The Walking Dead season 11. We learned earlier this year that the long-running show is set to conclude its run with the upcoming season. But the network has also handed out an extended, 24 episode order for season 11. According to The Walking Dead universe Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple, it may be split into three parts as a result. And it very well may include gigantic walker hordes.
Recently, The Walking Dead: World Beyond wrapped up its first season. Scott Gimple was interviewed about the future of the franchise and the subject of the final season of the main series came up. Gimple revealed that he's reasonably confident that it will be divided into three, eight-episode chunks. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I'm pretty, fairly sure it's an 'A,' 'B,' and 'C.' I'm not 100% sure. So I think, even if I were to give you an answer on that now, it very well could change... I will say that eight-episode blocks are kind of our sweet spot. I think it's a good bet, but I don't want to totally embarrass myself when a different decision is made."
Typically, AMC takes a mid-season break at the eight-episode mark. So, instead of taking a break after twelve episodes, Scott Gimple suggests they will release The Walking Dead season 11 in three chunks. The math certainly makes sense, even if having two breaks may frustrate fans.
Currently, the extended season 10 is filming its episodes, which will begin airing in February 2021. Scott Gimple explained that season 11 is expected to begin filming early next year, which means we could see that first chunk arrive in later 2021. While he couldn't dive deep into what to expect, in terms of story, he did reveal that gigantic hordes of zombies aren't out of the question, even with ongoing health and safety concerns.
"No, I wouldn't say that only because I'd say where there's a will, there's a way. We wouldn't put anybody's safety in question, but when I was showrunning. Oh my God, it's crazy, like seven years ago... the technology is so much different. We've done things on all the shows now that I feel like the big brother who didn't get the good toys. Even some of the stuff I've been able to do on the shows that I've been intimately involved in, I'm like, 'Holy crap.' I wish I could have done this back in the day, back when I was in the old-timey days of season four and five. With technology and even just incredibly recent technology, we can do incredible things."
Gimple buttoned it up by saying, "I think people will get their delicious walker hordes." So that's certainly something to look forward to. Beyond the final season, a new spin-off centered on Daryl and Carol is also being planned for a 2023 release, as well as a new anthology series titled Tales of the Walking Dead. This news comes to us via Insider.