Some would say it has been a long time coming, but for fans of The Walking Dead who have felt obliged to stick it out to the bitter end, the end is now indeed nigh. AMC have released a trailer for The Walking Dead: The Final Season Trilogy ahead of the return of the series on August 22 for the first 8 episodes of 24 that make up season 11. Part one of this epic finale will end in October and will be followed by Parts two and three in 2022, which in all will bring the main timeline of The Walking Dead to its conclusion after 177 episodes.
Showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang said of the final 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."
The final chapter in The Walking Dead's story will see a return to the far reaching scale and scope that has seen the show continue for this long, after the more subdued and low-key coda of six episodes that aired as an effective season 10.5. The Walking Dead returns with the two-part "Acheron: Part I" and "Acheron: Part II," where Daryl and Maggie must join forces with Negan on a treacherous mission to save Alexandria. The other six previously revealed episodes of The Final Season: Part 1 include "Hunted," "Rendition," "Out of the Ashes," "On the Inside," "Promises Broken," and the first of two mid-season finales, "For Blood."
The official synopsis of the new season reads: "Previously on The Walking Dead, our survivors confronted past demons and combated new threats, with friendships and relationships suffering from the mounting collateral damage that is the apocalypse. Alexandria is severely compromised, left a former shell of the home it once was from the carnage and devastation left behind by the Whisperers. Now all who live in Alexandria struggle to refortify it and feed its increasing number of residents, which include the survivors from the fall of the Kingdom and the burning of Hilltop; along with Maggie and her new group, the Wardens."
"Alexandria has more people than it can manage to feed and protect. Their situation is dire as tensions heat up over past events and self-preservation rises to the surface within the ravaged walls. They must secure more food while they attempt to restore Alexandria before it collapses like countless other communities they have come across throughout the years. But where and how? More haggard and hungrier than ever before, they must dig deeper to find the effort and strength to safeguard the lives of their children, even if it means losing their own. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to those at Alexandria, Eugene, Ezekiel, Yumiko, and Princess are still being held captive by mysterious soldiers who are members of a larger and unforthcoming group." The Final Season of The Walking Dead premieres August 15 on AMC+ and August 22, on AMC.