‘The Walking Dead’ Final Season Gets Heart-Pounding Trailer Ahead of August Release Date

The final season of The Walking Dead premieres in August 2021, kicking off the conclusion of a series that’s spanned more than a decade. AMC’s post-apocalyptic drama will break its last outing into multiple parts, so the show isn’t actually ending until 2022. However, the network dropped a trailer for The Walking Dead‘s final season during its Comic-Con@Home panel — and it teases a heart-pounding, bittersweet ending for the series.

AMC drops trailer for ‘The Walking Dead’s final season at Comic-Con@Home

AMC’s Comic-Con@Home programming contained a lot of pleasant surprises for The Walking Dead fans. As the original series approaches its ending, the first full-length trailer for season 11 ramped up the excitement ahead of August’s premiere.

The trailer teases an intense conclusion for the survivors, one that will see them attempting to restore a now-vulnerable Alexandria after the events of season 10. If the colony isn’t salvagable, however, they might be forced to make hard choices. The Walking Dead featured themes of family and community heavily throughout its run, and the state of Alexandria could test those values.

The trailer also hints at new characters and threats heading into the final outing. Comic fans know that The Commonwealth storyline will show up this season, giving The Walking Dead leads a new human enemy to contend with.

When does ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 11 premiere?

Norman Reedus in the final season of 'The Walking Dead' is standing in the dark, holding a knife, and looking over his shoulder
Norman Reedus in ‘The Walking Dead’ | Josh Stringer/AMC

The final season of The Walking Dead premieres on AMC on Aug. 22, 2021, but AMC+ subscribers can access episodes a week early. The premiere will be available to stream on the platform starting Aug. 15, 2021.

In total, season 11 consists of 24 episodes, which will release in three eight-episode blocks. That will bring The Walking Dead to a close sometime next year, but there’s no word on when in 2022 the second and third parts of the final season will arrive.

What fans can expect from the AMC show’s final season

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In addition to dropping the first full-length trailer for The Walking Dead‘s final season, the Comic-Con@Home panelists offered insight into what fans can expect from the new episodes. Scott M. Gimple, Chief Content Officer for The Walking Dead shows, promised an epic farewell worthy of the series’ legacy.

“It’s a big story, and it takes a lot of turns,” Gimple said. “Like we say, we reinvent every eight episodes. This is three sets of eight. So, you know, we’re going to put people through their paces. We’re going to put the audience through their paces. We’re going to give them an epic, extended goodbye that will do it right — that will end more than 10 years right.”

Angela Kang, who serves as showrunner on The Walking Dead currently, spoke about how season 11 will differ from season 10. While The Walking Dead Season 10 focused on the individual characters, the final season will return to the collective and the show’s large-scale themes.

“It was really fun to do these really focused, intimate episodes for 10C, but [in] season 11, we’re going to go out with a bang,” Kang explained. “We’re back to our big, scope-y, massive extravaganzas with lots of great character interactions between the people we love — but, you know, also our stunts and scares and all of that fun stuff that, I think is, for all of us that are working on it, part of the joy of working on this show.”

“We kind of go in hard with some new stories and new characters, and I’m really excited to share it with the audience when it’s time,” she added.

It sounds like The Walking Dead‘s final season will prove just as gripping as the trailer. Fans will find out for sure when The Walking Dead Season 11A arrives in August. Until then, there’s plenty to speculate about in the new trailer.