Alaska: The Last Frontier Season 11: Release Date, Cast And New Details

While it might be confusing to keep all the reality shows about life in Alaska straight, it's likely that viewers won't soon forget the four generations of Kilchers who live off the land on their homestead just outside of Homer, Alaska. For the past 10 seasons of "Alaska: The Last Frontier," viewers have watched the colorful and resilient Kilcher clan hunt, garden, raise livestock, and develop other innovative techniques to thrive on their stunning 640-acre plot of land in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, per Discovery.

In a review in the Anchorage Daily News back in 2013 when the show first premiered on Discovery, writer and Alaska resident Emily Fehrenbacher wrote about the show's pros and cons in comparison to other reality shows set in Alaska (perhaps the biggest pro being that singer-songwriter Jewel is related to the Kilcher family). 

"These people live extraordinary lives, and not just because they are Jewel's relatives," Fehrenbacher wrote. "They harvest much of their own food and are all-around entertaining human beings. But the way the show is edited makes it seem as though the Kilchers will surely die if they don't shoot a moose or catch a halibut. We know that they can just go to the Safeway in Homer, but my Midwestern family doesn't know that."

Read on to learn more about Season 11 of "Alaska: The Last Frontier."

When will the 11th season of 'Alaska: The Last Frontier' premiere?

At this point, Discovery has yet to release any information regarding the fate of the show's 11th season. However, in an Instagram post in February 2021, Atz Lee Kilcher shared that an 11th season might at least be in the works soon. 

"Well I guess it's been ten years since cameras showed up in my family's yard," Atz shared. "A lot of shared adventures and hard work. A HUGE thanks to all the crew that kept up (and put up) with my crazy family. And an even BIGGER thanks to all the fans, you're the best. With a little luck season 11 will be right around the corner."

Season 10 of "Alaska: The Last Frontier" premiered in October 2020, and, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the footage was actually filmed by the family as they struggled to navigate the challenges they faced as a result of the pandemic. Throughout the 10th season, the Kilcher clan faced threats from the active wildfires in the region, health scares, a tumultuous rainstorm, and more, per Discovery.

Who is appearing in the 11th season of the show?

For 80 years, the Kilcher family has been living off the land in a remote part of Alaska. During World War II, Yule Kilcher immigrated from Switzerland to Alaska to escape the perils of war and to forge a more peaceful existence. According to Country Living, Yule asked his friend, Ruth Weber, to join him in Alaska in 1941. Shortly after, Yule and Ruth were married, and the rest is history.

Currently, the show features three generations of the Kilcher family, including Atz, the oldest of Yule and Ruth's children; his wife, Bonnie Dupree; Otto, the sixth child of Yule and Ruth and an expert in turning trash to treasure; and Charlotte, Otto's wife and a wildlife biologist. There's also Atz Lee, Atz's son who left Alaska to pursue music but was eventually returned; Jane, Atz Lee's wife and a commercial fisherwoman; Elvin, Atz's son who is considered a jack of all trades; Eve, Elvin's wife who has an impressive green thumb; and Jewel, the singer-songwriter who left the homestead long ago to follow her dreams, per Country Living.

It is not known who is set to appear in the 11th season of "Alaska: The Last Frontier," but we imagine most of the usual faces will be present.

Jewel's experience on the show and growing up in Alaska

Before singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher found international success in the music industry, she spent her days living off the land with her parents, siblings, and extended family members on their homestead in Alaska. Though she left to pursue a career in music, Jewel did make her way back to Alaska to appear on a few episodes of "Alaska: The Last Frontier" back in 2016. "I'm proud of where I'm from," Jewel told Entertainment Tonight in 2015. "Alaska's so beautiful and I love how I was raised."

Though she speaks highly of her Alaskan upbringing, much of her youth was spent dealing with the aftermath of her parents' divorce. As Jewel told the San Diego Union-Tribune, her father, Atz Kilcher (also the patriarch of the Kilcher clan on "Alaska: The Last Frontier"), became physically and emotionally abusive toward Jewel and developed a drinking problem, eventually leading her to leave the homestead and move into her own cabin down the road at just 15 years old. Eventually, Atz sought help for his alcohol addiction, and the pair have since mended their fractured relationship. 

"Forgiveness is this needle that knows how to mend, and it's the first step to really freeing yourself," Jewel told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "So you have to forgive otherwise you become what you hate. Facing that shame and trying to find love for himself, when nobody had shown it to him, that was very heroic. We have a great relationship now, it's very authentic."

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