The Walking Dead season 10 finale cancelled by coronavirus fears

As Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the Hilltop survivors face off against the horde on TWD, fans have been gripped by AMC’s current season of the zombie epic. Sadly, the 10th season won’t conclude in April as previously assumed.

An announcement for the acclaimed horror series informed fans that the season finale, A Certain Doom, would be cancelled due to concerns caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The outbreak has seen television productions shut down across the globe, meaning many of the most popular US series will see major delays in their release schedule.

The Walking Dead is no different, as the show confirmed today (Tuesday 24th) that post-production could not be finished in time for its scheduled broadcast.

Even though filming for the series had come to an end, TWD is a highly ambitious television event, and the effort needed to complete the vast array of special effects work for the current season would prove too much for the show’s production team.

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AMC confirmed: “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.”

However, the network alleviated some fans’ concerns when they added: “The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year.”

With the COVID-19 outbreak forcing television productions to take drastic measures across the US, some series have had to cancel their broadcasts outright.

For example, long-running crime procedural NCIS will be cutting its ongoing 17th season short by four episodes.

Thankfully, with primary shooting completed for the 10th season, fans will eventually be able to see the delayed episode when it is finally finished.

Producer for the show and VFX expert Greg Nicotero explained the lengthy post-production process to his Instagram followers.

He said: “Post production for those who are curious involves VFX, music, sound mixing and sound FX. This process usually goes up to about 3 weeks from the air date.”

Although the scripts have been polished and the filming for the episode has wrapped, the vast production team still has a long road ahead to get the finale ready for broadcast.

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Greg added: “I’m finding out about this same time you guys are and it’s disappointing but the episode will not disappoint. Be safe everyone.”

As the horrific scenario of TWD confirms, it is always better to follow safety advice and remain indoors amidst the outbreak of a dangerous pandemic.

Dedicated viewers will know The Walking Dead’s iconic status won’t be challenged by this news, as each new episode still manages to pull in millions of viewers.

Despite this unforeseen hurdle, the zombie epic is expected to return stronger than ever, especially when it is accompanied by the previously announced spin-offs.

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As well as current sister series, Fear the Walking Dead, additional offshoot Walking Dead: World Beyond as well as Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) trilogy of films are set to increase the franchise’s pedigree for years to come.

The current season has just said goodbye to popular character Michonne (Danai Gurira), and was set to begin the long-speculated Commonwealth arc from Robert Kirkman’s original comic book series.

With many more stories to tell, this unfortunate news is not expected to disrupt the swell of TWD content longtime viewers have been anticipating for the last year.

The Walking Dead airs on AMC on Sundays in the US and on FOX UK on Mondays in Britain at 9pm.


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