“We have to get them. All of them,” declares Maggie (Lauren Cohan) about The Reapers in the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Final Season Part 1, “Promises Broken.“ In the Season 11A finale, “For Blood,” Maggie and Reapers leader Pope (Ritchie Coster) are out for blood as both sides go to war over Meridian: the community that Maggie and the Wardens lost to “The Chosen Ones.” As Maggie and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) march on Meridian with their walker horde to save a starving Alexandria, those back home fight the elements — and a flood of walkers — during a violent storm that threatens to destroy the battered community that’s shed enough blood.
With Daryl (Norman Reedus) on the inside of Meridian’s walls with Leah (Lynn Collins), and Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) among the survivors holding down the floating fort back home, the Part 1 finale splits between two explosive storylines ending in a cliffhanger. Season 11 returns early next year with the first eight of a final 16 episodes to air in 2022.
“What I can tease is this conflict between the Reapers and our team on the outside, which includes Maggie, Negan, Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), and Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari) at this point, and then our person on the inside, Daryl — all those things are starting to converge on each other. Also, we’re going to see that things in Alexandria are being pushed even more to the brink,” showrunner Angela Kang told EW ahead of “For Blood.”