Like dozens of television shows across the pop culture landscape, AMC's Walking Dead universe is going through a ton of uncertainty right now. The original series' tenth season finale and the premiere of spinoff limited series The Walking Dead: World Beyond have both been pushed back to sometime later this year. While we were given an excellent teaser for Fear the Walking Dead's sixth season, the best we know about its return is that it's set for some time this summer. While it's understandable why all of that would feel like doom-n-gloom to fans, there is some good news to report in that the writers' room has been plugging away on season 11 for well over a month now.
Speaking with BuzzFeed News, consulting producer LaToya Morgan revealed that the show's writers have been working from home and that a certain popular online meeting program has made the entire experience much easier on both a personal and professional level: "I think Zoom offers a great opportunity to check in with people visually. Seeing everyone's faces, even if it is in those Brady Bunch boxes, you're like, 'Okay, you're safe. We're all going to get through this together. So it's reassuring in a sense."
The writers' room's group video conference meetings usually include 6-9 people, and last between four and five hours, with breaks in-between. Interestingly enough, the team finds they are on Zoom meetings less time than they would if they were physically meeting. For Morgan, that shortened time creates a deeper focus because everyone is now well-aware of the amount of time they have to work with to get things done. As much as it's not the ideal situation for the writers, she appreciates having the ability for them to continue doing their job. "Of course this is all disruptive in certain ways, but at the end of the day, we're still able to do our jobs. We are tremendously fortunate and lucky that we're able to do that, and any burden or small technological glitches that we have really pale in comparison to the work that's being done by all our essential workers, our doctors, our nurses, our mail carriers. So we're able to endure."