"The Walking Dead" season 10 is receiving an additional six episodes, which will debut on AMC Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9 p.m.
If you have AMC+, new episodes will premiere on the streaming service every Thursday starting on February 25, 2021.
Showrunner Angela Kang previously told Insider the episodes will feature Aaron, Carol, Daryl, Negan, Maggie, the Commonwealth, and more.
"Terminator 2" actor Robert Patrick joins the cast as a mysterious man named "Mays." Okea Eme-Akwari ("Cobra Kai") is playing the masked man teased on the season 10 finale.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan's wife, Hilarie Burton, also joins the cast to play his onscreen wife, Lucille.
"The Walking Dead" season 10 is getting six bonus episodes next year.
Showrunner Angela Kang announced at San Diego Comic-Con summer 2020 that the series will get six "extra" episodes in season 10.
"We will not be airing season 11 episodes this year as we normally would in October, but we're excited to announce an extended season 10 and there will be six extra episodes to follow the finale," said Kang.
Thursday, AMC announced the extra episodes will debut on AMC starting Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9 p.m. If you subscribe to the network's streaming service, AMC+, you'll be able to watch new episodes weekly starting on Thursdays.
The six new episodes bring the season 10 count to 22. (Typically, the show's seasons run for 16 episodes.)
What does that mean? Will we get a shorter episode run for season 11? No.
An AMC representative confirmed to Insider these new live-action episodes will have no impact on the episode count for season 11. These additional episodes will simply extend season 10.
In early September, AMC announced "TWD" will end after its 11th season with an extended season comprised of 24 episodes. An AMC representative clarified to Insider the decision to end the series in its 11th season was made after the decision to expand season 10.
During the SDCC "TWD" panel, Kang said the writer's room was working remotely on season 11 for the past few months. These new additional season 10 episodes will be a way to keep fans fed as they await the show's return.
These new episodes will be character-driven stories.
—Kevin Deiboldt 🧟 (@kdeiboldt) September 9, 2020
Series writer Kevin Deiboldt described them to us as "in-between-quels."
What does that mean? It means you can expect to see more isolated, character-driven stories.
"In order to film safely, we've had to think really deeply about what we can accomplish at this point in a way that is hopefully still really creatively satisfying," said Kang of filming the bonus episodes during the ongoing pandemic.
"It doesn't have 300 zombie extras in a scene breathing on all of our actors," Kang said. "It's been a really interesting and fun creative challenge for us on the writing side to try to do some deep dives into some of our characters."
"These six episodes were in many ways written with producibility in mind in the times that we're in," "TWD" universe chief content officer Scott Gimple told Insider. "They were conceived as great stories, but they kept in mind that the safest way to do it. And what I find fascinating is with those constraints, these are six of like the best scripts we've done."
Kang said these will not be six random episodes. As we understand it, the six episodes will serve as a bridge to season 11 while filling in some other gaps along the way.
"There are things that are going on with our people and their communities and so there are things that start to tie those into what will become the major story in season 11," Kang added.
Who will appear in these six bonus episodes? Here are the episode titles and descriptions.
Where has Maggie (Lauren Cohan) been since leaving the show on season nine? What is this new mysterious group that was teased on the season 10 finale? Kang told Insider, we'll learn more about both.
"We'll learn more about Maggie's adventures," Kang said. "There's some other things that we're doing deep dives into like Daryl and Carol and Negan, Gabriel, and Aaron has some really cool stuff."
"We'll see other characters in there ... and we'll check back in with that group, with the Commonwealth," Kang said of the new group teased at the very end of the season 10 finale. "I'm not even sure if I should be saying all of this."
AMC released Thursday the following episode titles and descriptions for the forthcoming episodes.
Here they are listed below:
Season 10, Episode 17 – "Home Sweet Home"
Director: David Boyd
Writers: Kevin Deiboldt & Corey Reed
Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has returned with a story she is not ready to share, even when her past catches up to her. Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) safety is at stake again. Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie fight an unseen and unknown threat.
Season 10, Episode 18 — "Find Me"
Director: David Boyd
Writer: Nicole Mirante-Matthews
An adventure for Daryl and Carol (Melissa McBride) turns sideways when they come across an old cabin. It takes Daryl back to the years when he left the group after Rick disappeared as he relives a time that only the apocalypse could manifest.
Season 10, Episode 19 — "One More"
Director: Laura Belsey
Writers: Erik Mountain & Jim Barnes
Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) search for food and supplies to bring back to Alexandria. Small tragedies lead to bigger tragedies as faith is broken and optimism is fragmented when they are put to the ultimate test.
Season 10, Episode 20 — "Splinter"
Director: Laura Belsey
Writers: Julia Ruchman & Vivian Tse
Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Ezekiel (Khary Payton), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), and Princess (Paola Lázaro) are captured and separated. Princess struggles with memories of her traumatic past and tries to escape one way or another with the help of Ezekiel.
Season 10, Episode 21 — "Diverged"
Director: David Boyd
Writer: Heather Bellson
Daryl and Carol come to a fork in the road and head their separate ways. Each going into their own type of survival mode, the easiest of challenges become much harder. Will their individual journeys be the tipping point needed to mend their friendship or is the distance between them permanent?
Season 10, Episode 22 — "Here's Negan"
Director: Laura Belsey
Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
Carol takes Negan on a journey, hoping to minimize the increasing tension. Negan reflects on the events that led him to this point and comes to a conclusion about his future.
Kang previously teased we may see an adaptation of the "TWD" spinoff comic series about Negan.
During the NYCC virtual panel, Kang answered fan questions in a live chat and said, "Here's Negan fans will be happy soon."
—Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) October 10, 2020
Released in 2016, "Here's Negan!" provides Negan's full backstory. Until now, we've heard Negan hint at his relationship with his wife, Lucille, who died from cancer.
Are we going to get a massive flashback? It sure sounds that way.
Comicbook.com's Brandon Davis first reported that Hilarie Burton ("One Tree Hill") will join "TWD" as Negan's wife, Lucille. That's pretty perfect when you know Burton and Morgan were married in 2019 after being together for a decade.
"Been pretty hard to keep this a secret," Burton tweeted. "But I love working with @JDMorgan. I love watching him become #Negan an take on that swagger. And I love @TheWalkingDead family. They've been a part of our family for ages and I'm so grateful for their kindness."
—Hilarie Burton Morgan (@HilarieBurton) November 3, 2020
The character-centric deep dive likely provides the perfect story that would be easier to film during the pandemic. It also helps that Burton and Morgan have been quarantining together on their farm with their two children.
Connie will not be back on the show until season 11.
The final minutes of the finale showed fan-favorite Connie (Lauren Ridloff) alive. Where has she been all season and will she make it back to our group now that Virgil (Kevin Carroll) has found her?
We'll have to wait a while to see her again.
When asked if Connie may be in one of the bonus six episodes, Kang said, "She's not, but we have a big episode planned for her."
Kang added, that it's not because they didn't want to have her there.
"At the time that we had to lock these episodes, her schedule was still up in the air," Kang continued. "We have an episode that should be really cool for people coming up afterwards. We're working on that for her."
How they filmed these episodes during the pandemic.
When we spoke with Kang back in September, the crew was in pre-production, preparing to safely film.
During an October 2 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Lauren Cohan said and costar Norman Reedus were in quarantine waiting to start filming.
During a separate appearance on Kimmel, Reedus, who was in Los Angeles for the majority of the pandemic, spoke a bit about the protocols and precautions they're taking on set, saying, "We have to take COVID tests three times a week. We have epidemiologist from the Pentagon during the SARS scare [as] our onset doctor now."
Reedus added that it's weird to be back filming in Georgia during the fall since they're usually filming the series during some of the hottest months of the year.
During NYCC's panel, Kang said it took production a few months to get everything up and running to film safely.
"Everybody will have masks and face shields and they've done the trailers differently," Kang said. "There's sanitation stations everywhere. There's UV lights and air scrubbers and things on the stages. There's a former military infectious diseases specialist who's our health and safety supervisor."
"It's an abundance of caution in every way," Kang added. "We've had to think a lot about, 'How do we tell the story so they're satisfying and dive into character and give a little bit of adventure, but being really creative about how many people we can have in a scene. How can we show things while keeping people a little bit distant wherever we can? It's forced us to really think outside of the box because we've really had a box around us in terms of how to do it safely."
Until the flagship show returns, you'll have to settle for the rest of "TWD" universe. Season six of "Fear the Walking Dead" is continuing its best season in years each Sunday at 9 p.m. It's followed by new episodes of "TWD: World Beyond."
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