Coronavirus Delays ‘Walking Dead’ Finale

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted every aspect of the entertainment industry. Many celebrities have announced that they have contracted the virus. Countless movies and shows are suspending production to prevent the spread of the pandemic, while other shows have had to push release dates back due to post-production issues.

Add The Walking Dead to the list of shows whose schedule was forced to change due to the Coronavirus. The season 10 finale will no longer air as planned on April 12. 

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The Walking Dead Cast | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for AMC

‘The Walking Dead’ isn’t the only series to be delayed

The world of entertainment has been paused thanks to the Coronavirus and everyone having to practice social distancing. To prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, everyone is being asked to stay home until this global pandemic is under control. 

Per the recommendation from the Center for Disease Control, Warner Bros. Television suspended production of many of their shows, including Supergirl and Riverdale. 

After someone from the Riverdale production had a “very real concern about coronavirus exposure,” a statement was released to announce a halt in production. 

Warner Bros. Television isn’t alone. CBS postponed their next season of Survivor “due to the growing short-term uncertainty.” Season 41 of the series was set to take place in Fiji, but it’s unclear when it will be safe to begin filming. 

‘The Walking Dead’ finale has been postponed

According to Variety, AMC released a statement blaming the current events for the disruption to the show: 

Current events have unfortunately made it impossible to complete post-production of The Walking Dead Season 10 finale, so the current season will end with its 15th episode on April 5. The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year.

AMC statement 

The new series, Walking Dead: World Beyond is also impacted by the global pandemic. Previously set to air on April 12, World Beyond has been pushed back with no specific airdate. Fans can expect to see that show premiere later this year, perhaps once all of this is over. 

The impact COVID-19 will have on ‘The Walking Dead’ season 11 

Filming for season 11 of the Walking Dead was scheduled to start in May, according to Entertainment Weekly. However, because of the Coronavirus outbreak, that has been postponed. Showrunner Angela Kang shared with The Hollywood Reporter that the writers are still working remotely on storylines for the new season. Kang explained: 

I’m a tech head. We do video conferences regularly. On a normal basis, I’m very stringent about, ‘If you’re sick, don’t come into the office.’ The other day, I was on the phone and in meetings from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., all day straight. I did Skype, I did FaceTime, I did Zoom, I did remote reviewing of VFX. We are very well set up to work remotely. That’s been fine for us.

Angela Kang, The Hollywood Reporter 

While it’s discouraging to learn about so many of our favorite shows and movies being canceled or postponed during this trying time, fans understand that the health of cast and crew members is of paramount importance.