It’s official: The Walking Dead season 11 won’t air this year due to production delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, The Walking Dead season 10 will get six “extra” episodes in early 2021 after the original season 10 finale episode, “A Certain Doom,” airs on Oct. 4. This will be the first time a new season of The Walking Dead won’t air in the fall since the show premiered in 2010.

The news was revealed during the show’s Comic-Con@Home panel. The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang delivered the news, explaining that “the writers’ room for season 11 has been going remotely for the past few months. We haven’t been able to start production, but we’ll get back to work as soon as we safely can.”

Regarding the extra season 10 episodes, all Kang shared is that “we’re working on those now, and we’ll have more to share soon. It’s an extension of episodes beyond the finale.” She didn’t clarify whether that meant that the team was writing new material for those episodes or if filming was getting underway.

With the new episodes in 2021, The Walking Dead season 10 will go down as the longest season in the show’s history, with 22 episodes in total, a big leap from the usual 16 episodes per season.

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