The Walking Dead reveals comic book favorite Mercer in new season 11 teaser

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The Walking Dead is on a non-stop collision course for its season 11 premiere on Aug. 22, and the promotional train has brought us a new teaser for the impending final season story, complete with a first official look at comic book character Mercer.

Actor Michael James Shaw joins the cast as this figure, who's the chief officer of the soldiers of The Commonwealth, the technologically advanced (for the apocalypse, at least) network of colonies that will be introduced in season 11. The extended season 10 episodes brought some of the grunt militiamen dressed in white armor, but Mercer stands out from the crowd with his red ensemble.

Mercer's inclusion in the teaser, which also highlights folks like Norman Reedus' Daryl, Lauren Cohan's Maggie, Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan, and Melissa McBride's Carol, hints at the character's prominence for this last 22-episode chapter.

The new promo is part of "11 weeks of reveals" leading up to the season 11 premiere, according to AMC.

EW previously unveiled the first look at season 11 with a batch of photos, and showrunner Angela Kang teased there will be "tons of zombies and lots of action and fun and intrigue, and locations we've never seen."

"We'll be dealing with the new group that our foursome of Eugene, Ezekiel, Princess, and Yumiko ran across and that starts to open up their world in bigger and unexpected ways," she said, referencing the Commonwealth. "Then of course we've got to see that Connie is still alive at the end of episode 16, so we still got that thread out there to deal with. We've got some great stories at Alexandria, as they're dealing with the aftermath of this Whisperer war and things start to amp up even further. Then it all keeps rolling from there."

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