'The Walking Dead' has officially finished filming its final episode ever
- "The Walking Dead" has wrapped filming on its final episode ever.
- On Wednesday, Paola Lázaro told Insider it's "bittersweet" for the series to be done.
It's the end of an era, "TWD" family.
Star Norman Reedus announced that "The Walking Dead" wrapped filming on its series' finale Wednesday night.
—norman reedus (@wwwbigbaldhead) March 31, 2022
"It's definitely bittersweet," Paola Lázaro told Insider Wednesday of the series wrapping over Zoom. Lázaro plays Juanita "Princess" Sanchez on the series.
"I think we're all tired physically, but we are just sad to say goodbye to each other — to the crew, the cast, everybody behind the scenes," Lázaro continued. "To not wear my coat anymore, my pink jacket, it makes me kind of sad. I fell so in love with this character."
Lázaro added: "Who knows? Hopefully, in the future, we can all get together or work on something together. It's definitely bittersweet. Definitely more bitter than sweet."
AMC's apocalyptic drama premiered October 31, 2010. At its high point, more than 17 million viewers tuned in to watch the series about a group of people trying to survive in a world overrun by the undead, making it the most-watched cable series of all time.
In September 2020, AMC announced the show's 11th season would be its last. The news came as a surprise to many of the cast who said they had recently been discussing seasons 12 and beyond.
Previous stars sent food trucks to 'TWD' cast as filming for the finale stretched through most of March.
Filming on the series finale, which will air later this year, started Monday, March 7, and wrapped late March 30. Production was briefly pushed back a few days when Reedus "suffered a concussion on set" of "TWD" on March 11, a spokesperson for the actor told Insider at the time.
Greg Nicotero, executive producer and finale director, shared a video marking the final day of filming on Instagram with Reedus, who has played Daryl Dixon on "TWD" since season one.
"I feel like my entire brain is short-circuiting right now. I can't really wrap my head around this," Reedus said in the video, adding that when they're done he'll "be on the bathroom floor with a martini in tears."
Throughout the shoot, previous cast members, including Steven Yeun, have sent food and well wishes to the cast.
"Love you all. Miss you all. French fries and TWD forever," Yeun wrote in a note that showrunner Angela Kang shared on Instagram.
Lázaro told Insider the gesture "was very sweet," adding that they also received a "couple of coffee trucks" on set.
"[They] were very appreciated when we had to shoot till 6:30 in the morning, so thank you to anyone who did that," Lázaro said.
During a recent appearance on the "Rich Eisen Show," Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan on the show, estimated that the cast has been working 17 to 18 months straight to film the series' final 30 episodes.
Three new 'TWD' spinoffs are on the way.
"TWD" universe won't die with the flagship series.
Spinoff "Fear the Walking Dead" continues its seventh season April 18. After seemingly being killed off years ago, Kim Dickens will reprise her role as Madison Clark.
An anthology series, "Tales of the Walking Dead," starring Olivia Munn and Terry Crews, will premiere this summer.
Additionally, AMC has also announced two direct "TWD" spinoffs that will premiere next year.
"Isle of the Dead," featuring Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, is set to shoot in New York City later this year. "TWD" showrunner Angela Kang will oversee an untitled "Carol and Daryl" spinoff, starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride.
"The Walking Dead" will air a mid-season finale on Sunday, April 10. AMC+ subscribers can watch it a week early.
The final eight episodes of "The Walking Dead" will air later this year on AMC. You can follow our ongoing series coverage here.
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