We are approaching the series finale of The Walking Dead with great strides. The war against Alpha, Beta and the Whisperers is over. In the final 11th season, which starts in autumn 2021, The Walking Dead will explore a new community, the Commonwealth, and thus adapt the last story arc of the comic template.
The Commonwealth poses a big problem for the series' authors: the most important characters from the finale of The Walking Dead comic are no longer seen in the series. Can The Walking Dead still end with a bang after 11 seasons?
Warning, spoilers for the end of The Walking Dead Comics will follow
The Walking Dead: Season 11 is overshadowed by the comic ending
How can The Walking Dead end? This question will occupy us for the next 30 episodes. In the comics, the story of the zombie apocalypse ends with an ultimate sacrifice that not only shook readers, but led human civilization into a new era. We're talking about Rick Grimes' death.
The Walking Dead season 11 ends: what's next?
Rick becomes a symbol after his death. His sacrifice is like a big bang that opens the way for a future in which the living have triumphed over the dead and the world will be rebuilt as it was before the apocalypse.
Does The Walking Dead have any main characters whose death could trigger such a monumental change in society? At least Carol and Daryl's survival seems assured since the announcement of their own spin-off series that will continue their story beyond the end.
The Walking Dead Season 11: Who Makes the Ultimate Sacrifice?
In the midst of the mass of main and minor characters, there are three death candidates who could be the final victims of The Walking Dead:
The fact that ideas for spin-off films or series for both Maggie and Negan are already being discussed puts a huge damper on our expectations of the end of the series - unless these statements turn out to be an ingenious ruse to lull the characters into safety.
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Will there still be a great sacrifice at all? Or are all characters safe from now on to survive in their own projects? The Walking Dead has to show courage again to finally be able to shock us again. Do you remember previous seasons when death was omnipresent?
The Walking Dead: Season 11 has to find a new ending to shock
Since from now on, comics and series will differ greatly from one another - apart from the Commonwealth setting - and especially with a view to the ensemble, the authors have to find new ways to implement the remaining comic chapters. And this is the perfect chance to do a lot better that the comics messed up.
Now there is the opportunity to incorporate new impulses into the adaptation of the final comic plot. Because at least for me this one, with all its political intrigues in the Commonwealth, offered too little of what The Walking Dead was before.
I have full confidence in showrunner Angela Kang and her team, who have already proven in seasons 9 and 10 that they understand The Walking Dead and can deliver an exciting series that often stays true to the comics and is surprisingly new interpreted.
Does that mean The Walking Dead has a completely different finale than the comics? In order to really transfer the ZXC Movies and shock factor of the unpredictable comic ending to a new medium, the authors have to create something new and unexpected.
And let's not forget that Rick Grimes will be returning in one or more feature films soon. So his death is far from off the table and will probably just be postponed. Because let's be honest: no death can shake us like that of Rick Grimes, can it?
The Walking Dead Season 11: More theories about the end of the series
The Walking Dead ends after season 11 and we clarify all the questions you have about it in the Moviepilot podcast Stream Flurry:
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The Walking Dead fans from the very beginning, Matthias, Max and Andrea, break down the franchise for you. What exactly was announced? Which spin-offs and films are still to come? And how could season 11 end?
Do you think The Walking Dead ascribes Rick's death and thus the end of the comics to a new character?