‘Walking Dead’ EP Angela Kang On Tonight’s Last Season Mid-ish Finale & Sticking The Zombie Apocalypse Landing

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Deadline 10 October, 2021 - 09:04pm

When is the series finale of walking dead?

The planned season finale was scheduled to air on April 12, 2020, but post-production was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the episode aired on October 4, 2020, with an additional six episodes added to the tenth season that were broadcast from February 28 to April 4, 2021. wikipedia.orgThe Walking Dead (season 10)

While the episode might have ended with a bang (or several of them), this still feels like a small stakes story, which is a strange choice for the show’s final season. But it’s working, and I’m grateful for it. I’ll take a good, focused, small stakes Walking Dead story over a bloated, supercilious one any day of the week. But I’m also fine if we just hang out with the Pack for the final 16 episodes and try to figure out where their pants went.

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'TWD': Sunday's finale was originally different. The pandemic changed it.

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"Right now we are filming episode 16," Kang told Insider over Zoom last Thursday. "So, we're two-thirds of the way."

"This would normally be the last episode of a season, but it's just the end of the second block for us," Kang added. 

Last fall, AMC announced, to the surprise of many, that the series would come to a close with one final extended season which contains 24 episodes instead of the usual 16.

As filming on the final season continues, Sunday's 11A finale left fans with on a number of cliffhangers.

Maggie and Negan are in the line of fire after Pope's surprise death, Judith and Gracie are in a rapidly flooding basement, Father Gabriel is sneaking around for food while Reapers are on the lookout for intruders, and Carol, Connie, Aaron, and more are out in the middle of a storm.

If you weren't totally satisfied with Sunday's finale, Kang shared they originally had a different episode in mind for the 11A finale. Pandemic limitations forced them to be realistic about what they could actually accomplish in the episode. 

Kang also set the record straight on Maggie and Negan (we're looking at the fans who are shipping these two), and explains why Pope's time on the show was so short. And though she won't confirm whether or not big deaths are finally coming in the next eight episodes, Kang gave us a little tease of what's to come when the show returns next February, hinting at some upcoming "twists" and "reveals."

Kang: Well, I think for us, on the side of Alexandria, it's a story that's about hardship and it's just sort of a different vibe. 

In the Reaper story, we're telling this sort of warrior's journey. It doesn't feel like that story is completely over, yet. Structurally... it didn't make sense to us in this eight because we were trying to service so many different things and get our folks back up and running. Sometimes there's seasons or stretches of seasons where there's more deaths. Sometimes, it's nothing or very few. We're always just kind of feeling it out based on the story and this just felt like what was the right vibe.

I can't give any of that away. [laughing]

You gotta try. I get it.

With Pope, we actually always intended for it to be a fairly limited arc and we got the amazing Richie Coster to play the role specifically because it was a limited arc. But, he was so, so good that I was like, 'Oh man. I wish we could have like sat with the character longer.'

But, this story was always kind of constructed in our mind as: This is the person we introduced as the big bad, but what happens if that big bad is actually taken out relatively quickly? How does that turn things? That was always kind of our intention. But, I hear what you're saying. It would have been fascinating to hear Gabriel kind of go toe-to-toe with this guy.

Some of this stuff that's really different for us is that filming anything with a lot of people is obviously — you have to be really, really careful. I'll say that testing everybody constantly and using the protocols that we use on set [is] incredibly effective — making sure that everybody's masked, making sure that people distance when they're not actors acting in a scene has kept us really, really safe. We've not had [knocks on wood] an outbreak in our cast or even crew. There's only scattered cases from the community.

All of that's been working, but, we want to be responsible as producers while still trying to do something that feels like it's 'The Walking Dead.'

So when we're doing zombie scenes, for example, we can't film them in exactly the same way. We can't have the kinds of numbers on set that we [usually] do. [Executive producer and special effects makeup guru] Greg Nicotero and his team have even had to change the way that they do makeup so that it's done faster. There's screen printed masks that some people are wearing and there's a lot more digital enhancement.

Anytime you're seeing stuff with crowds, even when it's human crowds at the Commonwealth, there's often a digital enhancement happening that we wouldn't always have done normally.

Then there's certain kinds of stunts and things that we wanted to do that — I don't want to totally get into like the [season 11, episode] eight stuff — because we were able to do some of what we wanted to do in the next episode. But we dramatically shrunk down the scope of it. You'll probably be able to guess what it is when you get there.

But we had a whole different kind of episode planned for episode eight and we had to get really realistic about what we could actually accomplish in the storyline. So it's just been a lot of series of decisions like that, which hopefully are relatively invisible to the audience if they don't know the behind-the-scenes. It's definitely been different for us. We have to strategize differently. We have to use locations differently to hide our limitations. In some ways, we just have to be smarter filmmakers. That's been a good creative challenge, but it's definitely... I think anybody who's producing anything right now knows that there are things that are still a little different. It is for good reason and so we just, we roll with it, you know, because safety is more important.

That's so interesting. Here's what I'll say. I think that sometimes strong emotions, in any direction, can cross wires. So I think that, with these two, there's not a romantic intent that we're doing. However, I suppose in a very general sense of the word, there is still a form of seduction in a broad sense that's happening because these are two people that are getting to know each other in a different context for the first time. They're trying to figure out who the other person is. [They're] not sure if they can trust them or not and it comes with an intense amount of feeling on both sides.

So I think that there are ways in which it can feel like those wires cross. That's even something that we talked about in the [writer's] room, about the way that sometimes intensity — people may look at it and feel that way. Sometimes we guess at these things, just kind of emotionally, we're like, "I don't know, there's just so much tension."

That can be real in a relationship, too, but we really are trying to play the story of: How do two people who just hate each other and don't trust each other navigate each other? But, you know, I think people love "Pride and Prejudice" for that same kind of dynamic, I guess. 

Yeah. [Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan], they have amazing creative chemistry. I'll say that. Those two, they just are really good on screen together. It's also fun to watch them, you know?

At this point, there's so many things happening that are bigger than all of them that I don't know if she fears it, now. I think she's just — they're all trying to go day by day.

Virgil, he's really trying to change some things and be more aware of people. I think he's being very aware of what's OK to kind of talk about or not talk about because it really has to do with Judith and her family. He's not really part of this community. He's kind of, by virtue of finding Connie, sort of awkwardly folded in for a moment. I think Judith senses that he's safe right now and is just safer as a person than the last time that she met him.

You always know all the comic book stuff. So I'll just say, for the people who know the comics, obviously because Rick is out of the picture... What happens when we're doing a comic story that is so central to a particular pairing is you can't do an exact adaptation of it.

What we really loved about Sebastian is just the shittiness. So there's definitely going to be an arc for this character and just things that he does. He's clearly an antagonist. I was laughing because the actor, Teo [Rapp-Olsson], who's so great and everybody just really enjoys him, did an Instagram post that was like, 'I'm sensing good guy vibes here' with a picture of himself and Hornsby, joking, which I thought was really funny and kind of indicative of his lightness as a human being.

Sebastian's a fun character to hate. I enjoyed hating him in the comics, so hopefully people enjoy hating him in the show, too.

I'm looking forward to people seeing the story that we started in episode eight playing out. There's just, there's a lot, of what I think is, hopefully, cool stuff that happens there both action and scope wise, but also just kind of character level wise.

Then I'm really excited for people to see how the Commonwealth story continues to unfold. There's this really kind of neo-noir and thriller vibe that we play with in some of that story.

We get to do some kinds of storytelling that we don't often do on the show I think in a way that people might enjoy, I hope. And, there's going to be just some twists and turns and reveals and we always try to keep it scary, too. Hopefully, all of that's there for everyone as we keep on building towards an ending.

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While the episode might have ended with a bang (or several of them), this still feels like a small stakes story, which is a strange choice for the show’s final season. But it’s working, and I’m grateful for it. I’ll take a good, focused, small stakes Walking Dead story over a bloated, supercilious one any day of the week. But I’m also fine if we just hang out with the Pack for the final 16 episodes and try to figure out where their pants went.

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