Angela Kang is being coy about the fate of the living and the dead as they trudge along their last road.
The showrunner of The Walking Dead this week opened up a bit about the popular zombie show’s 11th and final season–that kicked off on AMC this past weekend–but stopped short of revealing too much too soon, according to a report on Deadline.
However, Kang did discuss one key aspect of the season. While the ultimate outcome of the series has been planned out, Kang said some specifics of this 24-episode season are still being determined. “We do have it all planned–in a big-picture sense–to the end,” she said. But, she added, “all the scripts are not in.”
Kang said “we always go through a process where things like beats and details change. But we do have a really clear sense of what we’re doing all the way to the end. We’re pretty far in our writing process.”
Going forward, Kang also said a “hand-off” is being planned as a bridge between The Walking Dead and the spinoff involving Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). This sequel series is expected to debut on AMC sometime in 2023.
“Without getting into any spoilers,” Kang said, “there’s definitely a hand-off. But TWD has to end itself separate from whatever other things may spawn from it. But obviously, the spinoff–which I’m working on–is very important to us. So, we’re trying to balance all those needs.”
When asked about a possible return for fan-favorite Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) somewhere in this final season, Kang sidestepped the issue. “I’ve been getting this question a lot,” she said, “and it is one question I cannot get into. So, I’m going to have to respectfully evade.”
Kang did mention that old-fashioned zombie horror would play an important role in this season of TWD. “We definitely enjoy doing some of that classic horror in the show,” she said. “So, there’s going to be some moments that are going to feel definitely like classic horror in the final season.”
The final 24-episode season of The Walking Dead, as explained, will be broken down into three eight-episode blocks. The so-called 11B and 11C segments will premiere sometime next year.
“It’s a big story,” said chief content officer Scott M. Gimple. “We’re going to give them an extended, epic goodbye. We’ll end more than 10 years right.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this 11th and final season of The Walking Dead on AMC.