The Walking Dead season 11 had an irregular release schedule, with the season split into three eight-episode airing windows. We witnessed the first part of season 11 in August 2011, the second part in February 2022, and now we are all anticipating the final part of season 11. This has left many audiences confused, and wonder when does The Walking Dead return in 2022.
Season 11 adapts material from issues 175-193 of the comic book series. The leading group is confronted by the Commonwealth, a vast network of communities with advanced equipment and over 50,000 survivors living in the settlements. The Reapers are also in season 11, the strange faction of hostile and violent survivors that have taken Meridian.
The main cast for season 11 is as follows as familiar faces have returned:
- Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon.
- Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier.
- Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene.
- Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter.
- Ross Marquand as Aaron.
- Khary Payton as Ezekiel.
- Cooper Andrews as Jerry.
- Callan McAuliffe as Alden.
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.
Why was The Walking Dead season 11 split into three parts?
There are several reasons why the final season was split into three parts, speculative and confirmed. First, the covid-19 pandemic halted production, forcing AMC to announce that season 11 would not premiere in October 2020 as planned.
Secondly, there have been plans to extend this Universe. Initially, the intention was to take The Walking Dead up to season 12, but with spin-offs, movies, and new series in the pipeline, coupled with the pandemic delays, it made sense for AMC to stagger out the episodes to keep interest alive as they re-arrange their new schedule. AMC has another ten years of plans with this franchise, so it will be interesting to see what they do next.
When does The Walking Dead Return in 2022?
The final part of the eleventh and last season of The Walking Dead will premiere on October 2, 2022, on AMC and AMC+. The 17th episode of season 11 is titled “Lockdown,” written by Julia Ruchman. We expect the show to then release weekly episodes.
So far, the eleventh season has generally had positive reviews. It currently holds a score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is impressive for a series on its 11th outing. We hope the show concludes strongly, allowing fans to part with the story with ease.AMC
What next for The Walking Dead? Well, we already have Tales of The Walking Dead, an anthological series, and in 2023, we are getting a Dary-centric spin-off series too. So this Universe has plenty of legs still yet.