AMC’s long-running zombie drama, The Walking Dead, has come to an end after a 12-year run of gory deaths. Fans may have thought this day would never come. Only eight episodes of The Walking Dead Season 11 remain before this post-apocalyptic saga comes to an end.
It’s safe to say that The Walking Dead saved the best for last. Two episodes of Season 11 have seen our favorite characters face off against a massive technologically advanced settlement that is attempting to re-establish civilization as it was before the outbreak, known as the “Commonwealth.” Yet those who have lived through the series’ eleven seasons and seen countless horrors know that the old ways of doing things will never return, and the Commonwealth’s apparent prosperity for its mostly sheltered citizens is just that: a facade.
At a new settlement, inequality is accepted as a necessary evil to re-establish the old world. The first 16 episodes of the season gradually revealed this. They still have a hard time adapting to bureaucratic methods of doing things even after the Commonwealth sends aid to a decaying Alexandria and its starving inhabitants (although Daryl does inexplicably become a Commonwealth cop who holds doors for rich people in one of the season’s more questionable character arc).
The Commonwealth has seized Alexandria, Hilltop, and Oceanside by Part 2, but our heroes will face much more danger in the series’ final eight episodes. The following is what we currently know about the third episode of The Walking Dead Season 11:
“𝙉𝙤 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙡𝙤𝙘𝙠 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮. 𝘼𝙣𝙙, 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙡, 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙖 𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡.” #MondayMotivation
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The Walking Dead Season 11 Part 3 Release Date
The Walking Dead Season 11 Episode 3 premiere date has not yet been announced by AMC. Fortunately, we can make educated guesses about when the final episodes of the series will be released.
There is usually a break between seasons of The Walking Dead in the summer and the end of the winter (Feb/March) and the beginning of the fall (Sept/Oct) of each year. Part 3 may air in October, even though it’s not technically the start of a new season.
Season 11 Part 1 of AMC’s hit series was released in August of last year, so it’s possible that Season 11 Part 3 will air in August and run until mid-October. When an official date is announced, we’ll be sure to update this post.
The Walking Dead Season 11 Part 3 Plot
The final eight episodes of The Walking Dead will need to accomplish two major goals: 1) wrap up the Commonwealth arc that began in Season 10 and wrap up the series as a whole; and 2) set up the future of the TWD universe, which will continue far beyond the end of the flagship series (we’ll get to that in a second).
First and foremost, thanks to the source material, showrunner Angela Kang and her writers’ room know exactly how to handle the show’s final chapter of the Commonwealth storyline. The final issues of Robert Kirkman’s comic series, drawn by Charlie Adlard (if you’ve read the comics, you’ll know what we’re talking about), offer both closure and tragedy (if you’ve read the comics). Due to the absence of Rick Grimes, it is impossible for the show to fully recreate the comic’s ending because of the character’s absence. You can’t bring the comic’s heartbreaking conclusion to life on screen without Sheriff Rick. When it comes to the series finale, expect more deviations from the source material. A more spoiler-heavy look at what could (and should) happen in this season’s Commonwealth storyline.
And then there is the question of what comes next. However, while Rick Grimes and his band of survivors were able to get a definitive ending in the Walking Dead comic book, the TV series will not. Season 11 must lay the groundwork for the future of The Walking Dead’s universe. After the conclusion of The Walking Dead (scroll down), AMC already has several spinoff series in development that will carry on the stories of a number of the show’s central characters.
The Walking Dead Shows to Watch Next
It’s not just that two spinoffs and a movie tie-in are coming from AMC to continue The Walking Dead after Season 11, but the network is also working on a new anthology series that will feature characters from the show’s past. Check out what The Walking Dead fans can expect in the weeks and months to come.
Daryl in Europe Spinoff
In conjunction with the conclusion of the main series, AMC announced this Walking Dead spinoff at Comic-Con. Daryl and Carol will be roaming the wasteland in a more “monster-of-the-week” format in this spinoff, according to Norman Reedus. Due to scheduling conflicts, Melissa McBride will no longer be a part of the show, as AMC recently confirmed.
Isle of the Dead (Maggie and Negan Spinoff)
There will be a spin-off series that sees Maggie and Negan exploring post-apocalyptic New York City with their unlikely allies.
The Rick Grimes Movie
Is this film ever going to be released? What do you know? After the events of Season 9, this Walking Dead movie will pick up where Season 9 left off.
Tales of the Walking Dead
Walking Dead will have its six-part anthology series, with each episode focusing on a different cast and setting. In addition, the show is expected to feature a few familiar faces. Omega will be played by Samantha Morton once again, along with Olivia Munn, Terry Crews, and Poppy Liu.
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