In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic ComicCon has gone home, so to speak. During the socially distanced version of the epic annual fan festival, it was revealed that what was once one of the biggest shows in cable history will be delayed until next year.

The Walking Dead Twitter account announced the news today, simply saying that the eleventh season has been pushed back until 2021.

This doesn't come as a terribly big surprise considering that we are still waiting on the season finale for season 10, which was not quite finished when the lockdown began in March and thus was not ready for its scheduled airing.

Way back a hundred years ago, on October 7, 2019, AMC announced that it was renewing the series for an eleventh season and that Lauren Cohan, who had left for the short-lived Whiskey Cavalier on ABC, would be returning to the series as Maggie.

WARNING: SPOILERS COMING BUT THEY ARE OLD AS HELL

I've had a love/hate relationship with The Walking Dead almost since it first hooked me. In its prime, seasons one through five it was endlessly compelling. I couldn't get enough. Even though they would at times move the story along at a glacial pace, and occasionally drop in an episode that added scanty background value that could have been provided in one of the endless monologues given by its characters (The Wandering Governor), I was still all in.

Then season 6 rolled around and it started to get stupid. Most notably the Glenn-death-fakeout perpetrated on fans was the first time I got angry at a TV show. That was followed up by the pointless "How Morgan Got His Groove Back" in which we found out Morgan learned how to fight with a stick from Norm Gunderson from Fargo.

The mediocrity continued as six wound down towards season seven, which should have been epic. Negan finally shows up at the end. One of the greatest cliffhangers in television history happens, and they make the audience wait 25 minutes into that episode to pay it off? To sit through more monologue?

The "Negan Seasons" added very little to the story and were completely boring. I quit watching after the first couple of episodes of season eight. But I eventually caught up on Netflix because I couldn't quit. Once the bad cartoon version of the epic comic book hero, Rick Grimes, was finally moved off the show, crazy as it sounds, it got better.

New management no doubt helped as Angela Kang took the reins from the "promoted" Scott Gimple. Since then it has steadily improved as Kang has brought new twists while staying true to the comic without fabricating suspense only for the sake of suspense.

I look forward to the conclusion of Season 10 and the return of Maggie in 11. And I hope they don't screw it up.

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