Fans are counting the days to The Walking Dead series finale that will air on November 20, 2022. This will be the conclusion to a story that began in 2010, and after 12 years, 11 seasons, and 177 episodes, fans expect something extraordinary from the last episode titled “Rest in Peace.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, TWD director and SFX master Greg Nicotero shared some insight into the last episode. Nicotero had the honor of directing the final episode, which showrunner Angela Kang wrote. This episode will also feature music recorded with a massive symphonic orchestra by Bear McCreary and Sam Ewing, which includes three of the original players of the theme song recorded 12 years ago. The title of the series is a nod to the final volume of the comic story that the series is based on.
Nicotero shared that the creators wanted the final episode to be reminiscent of seasons 1-3, which most fans agree are the best. He also shared that the gore factor has been upped a bit which he feels adds to the feeling of a throwback episode. In this episode, the walker threat is real, and the stakes are higher than ever.
"So I do think that it feels like a bit of a throwback episode because it’s propulsive and it’s nonstop and it really just keeps going. And then, all of a sudden, you get to this moment where you are forced to feel something, and I’m pretty proud of it."
The Walking Dead – Greg Nicotero
Nicotero has been with the series since before it was greenlit. He loved how the original creators delved into zombie mythology and believes The Walking Dead is responsible for the modern boom in TV.
Throughout the series, Nictero has created the walkers, but he has also starred as one numerous times. During Norman Reedus’ (Daryl Dixon) Walk of Fame Ceremony, he joked that Daryl has killed him over 30 times.