Walking Dead season 11: Key things that happened before the final season
Yes, The Strolling Dead is still on. Twelve years after Constable Rick Grimes stumbled out of a medical facility bed, the AMC zombie armageddon series started its 11th and last season last summer season, and will conclude in 2022. The program has actually endured showrunner modifications, the death or disappearance of all however 2 characters who have actually existed because the very first season, and a real-world pandemic, all while running basically parallel to Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore’s comics source product. The program has actually made a lot of initial innovative choices, however even Season 11 will attract brand-new characters and arcs from the last problems of the comics. With a prepared spinoff currently revealed for stars Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus, The Strolling Dead franchise is anything however dead.
That stated, based upon viewership rankings, The Strolling Dead has actually likewise lost fans for many years. If you dropped off the program at some time, you’re not alone. To assist get those who may wish to leap back in for a last season return up to speed, here’s an appearance back at the turning points of The Strolling Dead history, highlighting the stars in visitor or bit parts you absolutely forgot (or never ever understood) braved the Atlanta sun, in addition to characters who have actually been presented, have actually been exterminated, or have actually annoyed the survivors for many years.
Season 1: Don’t open, dead within
Who we satisfied: Rick Grimes, Morgan Jones, Shane Walsh, Lori Grimes, Carl Grimes, Dale Horvath, Andrea, Glenn Rhee, Merle Dixon, Daryl Dixon, T-Dog, Carol Peletier, Sophia Peletier, Morales
Who we lost: Jacqui, Ed Peletier, Amy
You ignored: Noah Emmerich played Edwin Jenner aka The CDC Person. Emmerich just recently repeated his function in the spin-off The World Beyond.
The huge bad: The Walkers
The essence: Rick Grimes gets up from a coma and into a zombie armageddon. He is saved by Morgan Jones. After making his method to Atlanta, he satisfies Glenn Rhee and a group of survivors.
Some drama appears when among Glenn’s buddies, Merle, introduces a racist attack versus a male called T-Dog. Rick handcuffs Merle to a pipeline on a roofing system to suppress him, however T-Dog drops the secret. They desert him on the roofing and return in a later episode with his sibling Daryl just to find that Merle has actually sawed his own hand off and left.
Back at their camp, Rick is reunited with his better half Lori, his boy Carl, and his friend Shane … who has actually used up with his better half Lori. Yikes!
At the end of the season, the survivors look for responses and shelter at the CDC structure beyond Atlanta. They discover a little of both, however quickly discover that the only medical professional, Edwin Jenner, prepares to explode the structure. After pleading with him, Jenner lets them leave right before the location kabooms.
Season 2: The farm
Who we satisfied: Maggie Greene, Hershel Greene, Beth Greene
Who we lost: Sophia Peletier, Shane Walsh, Dale Horvath, Otis, Patricia
You ignored: Michael Zegan, who went on to play Joel in The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel, played the villain Randall. Michael Raymond James, much better referred to as René from Real Blood, played a character called Dave.
The huge bad: Shane Walsh
The essence: Rick’s group is taken in by the Greene household at its farm. Glenn and the earliest child Maggie fall in love.
Carol’s child Sophia runs, and the survivors look for her to no obtain. Her zombified remains wanders out of a locked barn filled with walkers, and Rick puts her down.
Rick stabs his previous friend Shane in the chest after the philosophical and individual divide in between the 2 of them reaches a snapping point.
The gang discovers that everybody is contaminated with the walker infection and will turn when they pass away no matter how they pass away, not simply if they get bitten. Dr. Edwin Jenner whispered this to Rick in the season 1 ending, and he hung on to that info till the season 2 ending.
Season 3: The jail & the guv
Who we satisfied: Phillip Blake a.k.a. The Guv, Michonne Hawthorne, Tyreese, Sasha
Who we lost: Lori, Haley, Milton Mamet, Axel, Merle, T-Dog
You ignored: Teenager Wolf and Chicago Fire star Melissa Ponzio played a survivor called Karen. This was likewise the very first year Neighborhood’s Yvette Nicole Brown was a visitor on the after-show Talking Dead.
The huge bad: The Guv
The essence: Rick’s group lodges at a (primarily) deserted jail after clearing a herd of walkers from the lawn.
Andrea befriends a lady called Michonne and the 2 of them find a settlement called Woodbury led by a Guv with an oppressive management design and a dark trick. He’s keeping his zombified child secured like something out of Jane Eyre.
Lori passes away in giving birth, requiring Carl to put a bullet in her brain prior to she reanimates.
Daryl’s sibling Merle returns and sides with The Guv. He abducts Glenn and Maggie and abuses Glenn for Daryl and Rick’s place while The Guv sexually pesters Maggie.
Michonne follows Glenn and Maggie’s tracks to the jail. She informs Rick and the others about the Guv. They don’t trust her, however it’s the start of a lovely relationship.
Rick, Carl, and Michonne find Morgan living alone and psychologically unsteady. They attempt to encourage him to come live with them, however he declines.
Merle and Daryl are required to combat, however it’s The Guv who eventually eliminates Merle. In the season ending, Andrea is eliminated too — marking among the series’ greatest departures from the source product.
Season 4: The Guv, once again
Who we satisfied: Bob Stookey, Abraham, Tara, Eugene, Rosita, Gareth, Lizzie and Mika
Who we lost: Hershel, The Guv, Zach, Karen and David, Lizzie and Mika
You ignored: Aldis Hodge from Hidden Figures played Michonne’s partner Mike. Robin Lord Taylor, who played the Penguin on Gotham, appeared at Terminus in seasons 4 and 5. In a flashback, Enver Gjokaj, understood for Representative Carter and Doll-house, played a survivor called Pete who The Guv betrayed in his increase to power. Another Marvel alum, starlet Kerry Condon who voices the AI system Friday in several movies played a survivor called Clara in 2 episodes. Lastly, Kyle Gallner, a.k.a. Beavers from Veronica Mars, played Beth’s partner.
The huge bad: The Guv, The Claimers, Terminus
The essence: Still at the jail, the survivors have a fatal influenza pressure to deal with on top of whatever else. The illness originated from pigs. Carol grace eliminates 2 ill survivors and is momentarily eradicated from the group due to the fact that of it.
The Guv, with Hershel and Michonne imprisoned, drives a friggin’ tank up to the jail and faces Rick and his council. He eliminates Hershel, and is eliminated soon afterwards.
The group leaves the jail, spread into about 3 little factions. They all separately begin following indications towards a location called “Terminus” that provides “sanctuary.” Sasha ends up being romantically included with Bob.
Glenn and Tara, who utilized to be among The Guv’s fans, fulfill Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene. They are on an objective to take Eugene, who declares to be a researcher with a remedy for the Walker illness, to Washington D.C.
Lizzie Samuels begins to get a little too connected to the walkers, and eliminates her little sis simply to make a point. In among the program’s most heartbreaking minutes, Carol pulls an Of Mice and Guy and eliminates Lizzie prior to she threatens anybody else.
Rick bites the neck of a male whose gang threatens to rape and murder both Michonne and Carl. No more Mr. Nice Rick.
All 3 groups make it to Terminus and quite rapidly find that it is a trap. Dun dun dun!
Season 5: Terminus
Who we satisfied: Daddy Gabriel Stokes, Aaron, Enid, the Monroe household, Jessie Anderson, Tobin, Olivia, Eric
Who we lost: Beth Greene, Bob Stookey, Jessie’s partner Pete, Tyreese
You ignored: Maximiliano Hernández, much better referred to as Jasper Sitwell of the MCU, had a two-episode arc this season. Austin Abrams, of Dash and Lilly popularity, played Jessie’s boy Ron. Previous kid star Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) played a client at the medical facility with Beth. Tyler James Williams played Noah (and went on to star in Everyone Dislikes Chris).
The huge bad: Terminus, Grady Memorial Health Center, Deanna Monroe
The essence: The gang leaves Terminus, which is populated by cannibals. Emphasizes consist of Carol pulling a sneak attack and blowing Terminus up with a rocket, and Bob Stookey weaponizing the ol’ “hide your bite” technique by enabling the cannibals to consume his “tainted meat.”
Beth is mistakenly eliminated in a captive circumstance after being indentured at a medical facility.
Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita continue their mission to DC to discover a remedy for the infection … till Eugene exposes that he was lying the entire time.
The group next concerns the Alexandria Safe-Zone, a rural neighborhood led by a lady called Deanna Monroe. While she offers accommodations for the survivors, they don’t trust her and her individuals don’t trust them.
Carol finds that a lady called Jessie is being abused by her partner Pete and demands that Rick look after it. This triggers even more dispute in between them and their brand-new hosts … particularly as Rick bonds with Jessie.
Morgan Jones goes back to the series a 2nd time and has actually chosen that Rick is the crucial to the future. In the season’s last and most effective minute, Rick carries out Pete on Deanna’s orders at the specific minute that Morgan reaches Alexandria.
Season 6: The Alexandria safe-zone
Who we satisfied: Paul “Jesus” Rovia, Dwight, Sherry, Gregory, Simon, Scott
Who we lost: The Andersons, Owen, Negan’s “mysterious” victim
You ignored: In The Heights and Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins played Heath. This season likewise included character star John Carroll Lynch as Morgan’s coach Eastman. Ethan Embry (Sugary Food House Alabama, Grace and Frankie) appeared in one episode. And two-time Emmy winner Merritt Wever stood for a handful of episodes in this season as Denise.
The huge bad: The Wolves, Negan
The essence: Rick’s group continues to remain at the Alexandria-Safe Zone. They are assaulted by a group called The Wolves and discover a herd of walkers in a quarry that ultimately overruns Alexandria, eliminating a great deal of its initial occupants in the battle.
Carl is mistakenly shot by his daddy’s sweetheart’s boy Ron and loses an eye.
While on an objective to divert the herd, Glenn gets caught under a dumpster with relatively no other way out. Steven Yeun’s name is gotten rid of from the credits. 4 episodes later on, he returns.
Months later on, the group satisfies a male who calls himself “Jesus” from another neighborhood living on an archaeological site called The Hill. Jesus informs them that his group is being obtained by individuals who call themselves “The Saviors” and are led by a male called Negan. The group consents to assist.
There’s a great deal of relationship drama. Abraham separates with Rosita and pursues Sasha. Rick and Michonne end up being the power couple to end all power couples. Carol separates with Tobin.
Dwight, a Rescuer and the Daryl to Negan’s Rick, mistakenly eliminates Tara’s sweetheart Denise. This takes place fresh on the heels of a number of other lesbian character death scenes on tv in 2016, consisting of those in The 100 and Jane the Virgin, stimulating a discussion about the Bury Your Gays trope.
The season ends on a cliffhanger, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan making a significant entryway as Negan, lining up the majority of the primary characters and eliminating among them simply out of focus.
Season 7: Negan
Who we satisfied: Ezekiel, Jerry, Diane, Anne/Jadis, Henry
Who we lost: Abraham, Glenn, Spencer Monroe, Sasha, Olivia
You ignored: Shiva, who is a tiger.
The huge bad: Negan
The essence: The season 6 ending left fans thinking who Negan bludgeoned to death with his precious bat Lucille. Would it be Glenn, like it remains in the comics, or another person? The authors weren’t going to let any fan theories be right. They went with both alternatives. Negan eliminates Abraham … and after that Glenn. Oops.
Daryl is abducted by the Saviors and tortured with a banger tune called “Easy Street” that was composed for the program. Later on in the season, Eugene is hijacked and winds up changing sides for a bit, assisting the Rescuers make and establish weapons.
Maggie brings to life her and Glenn’s boy and names him Hershell.
3 brand-new neighborhoods, each with their own connection to Negan, are contributed to the mix and hired by Rick and his group: Oceanside, a group of ladies who reside in seclusion on the beach; The Scavengers, who reside in a garbage stack and are led by a mystical artist; and The Kingdom, led by a charming previous neighborhood theater star who calls himself King Ezekiel.
Sasha takes a cyanide tablet and passes away by suicide while being taken as a captive to Alexandria so that her walker type can get some Rescuers, Trojan-horse design, in the last episode.
Season 8: Negan, once again
Who we satisfied: Siddiq, Arat, Alden
Who we lost: Shiva, Carl, Eric, Morales
You ignored: Comic Whitmer Thomas (Stone Quackers, the sketch group Power Violence) as “Gunther.” Jayne Atkinson, who you might understand from Home of Cards and Free Willy, appears as Georgie.
The huge bad: … still Negan
The essence: The war in between Rick’s militia and the Saviors uses up the whole season. We likewise see more of what life resembles at Negan’s Sanctuary, and a handful of Saviors effort and stop working to topple their brave leader.
Keep In Mind Morales, the married man from season 1? It’s exposed in season 8 that his household passed away and he fell in with the Saviors. He threatens Rick and is shot dead by Daryl.
Maggie satisfies a lady called Georgie who provides her a book with schematics for windmills, aqueducts, and other middle ages facilities innovation that can assist survivors develop “a future from our past.”
Eugene lastly betrays the Saviors by crafting ammo that backfires on them.
Carl was bitten by a walker while bringing a physician called Siddiq to Alexandria, and gotten ready for his impending death by composing a lot of letters. He composed to Negan. He composed to Rick. He composed to Enid. He composed to Michonne. He argued for ending the war and flexible Negan in favor of constructing a brighter future.
To honor Carl’s dreams, and much to the discouragement of Maggie and a number of the other survivors, when Rick corners Negan in the end of the world versus the Saviors, he doesn’t eliminate him.
Season 9: Goodbye to Rick
Who we satisfied: Magna, Connie, Kelly, Luke, Yumiko, Alpha, Beta, Lydia, Earl and Tammy Rose Sutton
Who we lost: Gregory, Jesus, Tara, Enid, Tammy Rose, Henry
You ignored: Rutina Wesley (Real Blood, Queen Sugar) guest-starred as a previous good friend of Michonne’s. Tony Award winner Steve Kazee (When) likewise appeared in one episode this season as Alpha’s partner.
The huge bad: Alpha
The essence: Andrew Lincoln leaves the series as Rick Grimes, however his character was not exterminated. He gets abducted by the artist Anne/Jadis and eliminated in a helicopter with a mystical sign that likewise appears on the TWD spin-offs Worry The Strolling Dead and The World Beyond.
In the consequences of the Rescuer War, Maggie has actually Gregory carried out and takes control of The Hill. Nevertheless, she eventually leaves with Georgie to assist develop other neighborhoods.
There are two time jumps this season — first to two years after the end of the Savior War, and then to six years after Rick’s disappearance. Now eight years after the end of season 8, we learn that Michonne is the de factor leader at Alexandria, and Jesus is in charge of the Hilltop.
A coalition has formed from the surviving communities: Alexandria, The Kingdom, Oceanside, and The Hilltop. A fifth group, called “The Highwaymen,” also joins. Some of the remaining Saviors have joined the four communities. Others take off. But despite the coalition on paper, the communities are a bit divided in Rick’s absence.
Also in that time, some romances have brewed. We learn that Rosita is in a long-term relationship with Father Gabriel after briefly sleeping with Siddiq, Enid is now with Alden, and Carol and Ezekiel got married … but then break up in the season finale. Daryl has also been living in the woods and returns with a dog named Dog.
A new threat arises after a period of peace. This group, called The Whisperers, is led by a woman who wants to be known only as Alpha and wears masks made out of walker skin so as to live amongst them. Alpha’s daughter Lydia is captured and held at Alexandria, but eventually defects and asks to stay there.
The Whisperers first attack Jesus, who dies in a foggy blaze of glory. They then make a statement by kidnapping, torturing, and beheading 10 survivors from the other neighborhoods — who were enjoying a peaceful unity fair — including Tara, Enid, and Carol’s adopted son Henry. Their heads are placed on pikes as a warning not to cross into Whisperer territory.
In the season finale, a big snowstorm destroys the infrastructure at The Kingdom, and brings all of the characters back together at Alexandria and the Hilltop. They have a snowball fight! Michonne begrudgingly thanks Negan for saving Judith. But Alpha, Beta, and the Whisperers are still out there …
Season 10: The Whisperers
Who we met: Princess, Stephanie (kind of), Leah, Pope, Virgil
Who we lost: Earl, Dante, Lucille the baseball bat, Siddiq
You forgot about: Thora Birch (Ghost World) played a Whisperer named Gamma. Robert Patrick played twin brothers in a stand-alone episode, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s wife Hilarie Burton played Negan’s wife Lucille in a flashback.
The big bad: Alpha, Beta
The gist: The supersized season was broken up into parts and aired in 2019, 2020, and 2021 due to pandemic shutdowns. In it, The Whisperer War wages on. The Hilltop burns and the Alexandria walls are breached. Lydia bonds with Negan and Carol.
Carol helps Negan escape. He infiltrates The Whisperers and kills Alpha. Later, Negan and Daryl take out Beta, and the Whisperer War ends.
Lauren Cohen also returns in the midseason finale as Maggie. She has a group of survivors with her who are being antagonized by The Reapers. She’s not too jazzed about how friendly Negan has become with everyone. To ease the tension, Carol suggests that he live in isolation. He tries that, and then in the season’s final moments heads back to Alexandria.
Throughout the season Eugene starts to talk to a woman named Stephanie on the radio. He travels to find her with Yumiko and Ezekiel. They meet a lone survivor named Princess and end up getting captured by Stephanie’s people.
Danai Guirera departs the series this season, but like Lincoln her character was not killed off. Michonne went off in search of Rick. If those TWD universe spin-off movies ever get made, we’ll likely see their reunion there.
In a flashback, we learn that in the six-year time jump Daryl had a romantic relationship with a woman named Leah. She’s the original owner of Dog the dog and the cabin where Negan is briefly banished.
Season 11: The Commonwealth
Who we met: Pamela Milton, Lance Hornsby, Mercer, Tomichi
Who we lost: Pope
The big bad: Pamela Milton, The Reapers
The gist: The very first half of the final season picks up where season 10 left off. Maggie, back with the group, helps to rebuild Alexandria and fight off the Reapers. Daryl’s ex-girlfriend Leah returns, and is revealed to be one of the Reapers. He briefly joins them but remains loyal to Maggie.
Connie and Virgil are reunited with the group, but not after enduring a murder house inhabited by cannibals.
Yumiko is reunited with her brother, Tomichi, at the Commonwealth. This is an homage to Michonne’s arc in the comics. She reaches the Commonwealth and reunites with her daughter. Princess, Eugene, and Ezekial likewise attempt to suit at this brand-new, extremely arranged neighborhood, to differing degrees of success. Something is up. A group whose soldiers appear like Stormtroopers can’t be great … right?
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.