Fans of The Walking Dead have been waiting an awfully long time for the season 10 finale, with the coronavirus pandemic having caused a delay to the broadcast of the final episode of the latest series – but now, at last, they know when they’ll be seeing the season conclusion, rather ominously titled “A Certain Doom.”
The penultimate episode of the season was aired back at the beginning of April, and the finale will pick up right where we last left off, with producer Greg Nicotero having teased a shock ending, telling Fandom: “The last two minutes of the finale are going to just… People’s jaws are going to drop.”
Read on for everything you need to know about The Walking Dead season 10 finale.
When will The Walking Dead season 10 finale air?
The finale was due to air on 12th April in the US, but this is no longer the case, with the production team announcing that the finale will instead air as a special on Sunday, October 4th on AMC. While no UK airdate was announced, the series usually airs a day later on FOX so fans can probably expect it to appear on Monday 5th October.
And, confusingly, the finale won’t be the last we’ve seen of season 10. Speaking at The Walking Dead’s Comic-Con@Home panel, showrunner Angela Kang revealed that there will be six extra season 10 episodes created to run in 2021.
“We will not be airing season 11 episodes this year as we normally would in October, but we’re excited to announce an extended season 10, where there will be six extra episodes to follow the finale,” she said. “Those will run in early 2021 if all goes well. We’re working on those now and will have more to share soon.”
It’s unclear why creating six extra season 10 episodes would be easier than beginning work on season 11, though this could be to do with already-planned storylines that don’t need a lot of crowd scenes.
Why is The Walking Dead finale delayed?
A statement by AMC read: “Current events have unfortunately made it impossible to complete post-production of The Walking Dead season 10 finale, so the current season will end with its 15th episode on 5th April.”
Executive producer Greg Nicotero clarified the statement with one of his own: “Post production for those who are curious involves VFX, music, sound mixing and sound FX.
“This process usually goes up to about 3 weeks from air date. I’m finding out about this same time you guys are and it’s disappointing but the episode will not disappoint. Be safe everyone.”
“Obviously COVID has disrupted a lot of things for every workplace, including ours,” showrunner Angela Kang later said during the Comic-Con@Home panel for The Walking Dead, adding that the change meant that season 11 of The Walking Dead would be delayed.
“The writers’ room for season 11 has been going remotely the past few months. We haven’t been able to start production but we will get back to work as soon as we safely can.
Instead, spin-off Fear the Walking Dead’s latest season will begin in October alongside new series The Walking Dead: World Beyond.
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What will happen in The Walking Dead season 10 finale?
A first look at a scene from the finale shows Beta (Ryan Hurst) and his army getting ready to attack the hospital full of survivors – and it’s possible not everyone will make it out alive.
Producer Greg Nicotero previously spoke to Fandom about the series finale, which he promised would include a jaw-dropping final two minutes that “tees us up” for season 11.
‘There are a lot of character storylines that are [wrapped up]. You get little bits of information here, here, and here. You want [to] end that chapter and start the next chapter in the finale,” he said.
He revealed, “We address lots of stuff with Daryl, we address lots of stuff with Negan, we address lots of stuff with Beta, we address lots of stuff with Carol.”
The finale will also see the return of Lauren Cohan’s Maggie Rhee, as revealed some time ago.
“She’s coming back,” Cohan said during the show’s Comic-Con@Home panel. “It’s not just a visit. She’s moving from pen pals to real life friends. She and Carol have been in communication. And it’s good that she’s coming back.
“It felt like I never really left,” she added. “I spent a whole month catching up with everyone. When it came time to reinhabit Maggie and act, I wasn’t overwhelmed by the crazy excitement of seeing everyone. It was amazing.”
Lauren Cohan will return as Maggie Rhee in the series finaleJackson Lee Davis/AMC
“It’s already been revealed that Maggie’s return is in the finale, and it tees us up very well for season 11 that it’s a little agonising for me to not be able to talk about” added Nicotero. “Because the last two minutes of the finale are going to just… People’s jaws are going to drop.”
Could this mean that there’ll be a huge twist waiting for viewers at the end of the episode?
Series showrunner Angela Kang also delved into some of the finale’s storylines during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“We’ll see some more of the new characters as they’re featured this season, and we will see more of the epic conflict we’ve been witnessing all season with the survivors and the Whisperers,” she said. “And we’ll see that Maggie is. We’ll know what’s happened with her and what that means for our group.”
Meanwhile, in July, Kang expanded on this with some more information about the power dynamic we’ll see play out in the finale.
Speaking on AMC’s Friday Night in With the Morgans, she said, “Obviously, we’ve got this new power group of four with Princess and Ezekiel and Eugene and Yumiko who are off on the road. We’re going to see some interesting turns in that.”
And she added, “Now that Alpha’s gone and Beta is having to step up into that leadership role with his kind of half Alpha/Beta face, we’re going to see our people take their stand against Beta and the Whisperers.”
And it looks like all of the show’s major players will appear prominently in the action, with Kang further commenting, “There’s some pretty cool things going on with Negan. We’ve got Carol kind of in her quest for redemption. We’ve got some awesome stuff with Father Gabriel. We know that we’re waiting for the return of Maggie. Daryl has got some awesome business going on. It’s the whole cast. Everybody’s great.”
Watch The Walking Dead season 10 in the UK
Once the finale does come around, it will be available on FOX UK and NOW TV for British fans who will be chomping at the bit for zombie action by the time it eventually comes around.