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The Walking Dead season 10 return date: when to expect the finale

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The Walking Dead season 10 finale is still hanging in limbo. Episode 16 was all set to air in April, but had its premiere curtailed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In light of that news, plenty of people are scrambling for a Walking Dead season 10 return date. While nothing is official so far, we’ve trawled through trailers, quotes, and some of our own theories to hopefully pinpoint some possible alternative air dates for the season’s concluding episode.

The Walking Dead season 10 return date: When will The Walking Dead season 10 finale air?

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“The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year,” is the official line from Skybound. Beyond that, we don’t have an exact air date for the season 10 finale.

So, other than “2020,” when can we expect The Walking Dead season 10 to return for its farewell? As new seasons tend to air in October, and with season 11 production being delayed for the foreseeable future, it wouldn’t be the most out there idea to set the finale down later this fall, especially in the probable absence of new season 11 episodes on AMC.

Of course, there’s the small problem of leaving too much of a gap between episodes 15 and 16. With the penultimate season 10 outing ending on a cliffhanger as Beta surrounds Gabriel and the rest of the survivors, it would make sense to nudge it forward

Showrunner Angela Kang offered up a glimmer of hope in an interview with Deadline: “We’re almost at that finish line. They’re trying to finish what they can, and then once things are up and running, we’ll finish it out and air it.”

That sounds promising, and could indicate a release as soon as June depending on a number of unseen factors, though we’ll update when we hear something more official.

The Walking Dead season 10 finale trailers

The first trailer for The Walking Dead season 10 finale doesn’t let up for one second. Gabriel scurries around the building, trying to get everyone prepared for the oncoming Whisperer onslaught. When a child (rightly) points out they’re outnumbered, he says all five groups are stronger when they work together. Alexandria, Hilltop, the Kingdom, Oceanside, and the others.

No, that’s not a Lost spin-off in the works. The camera cuts to several people who will presumably be helping the cause in the finale. That includes new character Princess, Virgil, and even a returning Maggie – who’s all caught up on the events of season 10 via a handwritten note, which is helpful.

What to expect from The Walking Dead season 10 finale

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Showrunner Angela Kang has offered a tasty morsel for us to nibble on before the season 10 finale – including a heavy hint that we’ll find out what Maggie has been up to in her time away from the main group.

“We'll see some more of the new characters as they're featured this season, and we will see more of the epic conflict we've been witnessing all season with the survivors and the Whisperers. And we'll see that Maggie is…. We'll know what's happened with her and what that means for our group,” Kang told EW, while we’re also getting more from Darryl and Negan according to Kang’s interview in Deadline.

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