Here’s How The Final Season of ‘Parts Unknown’ Will Pay Tribute to Anthony Bourdain

Sounds like a bittersweet and beautiful way to send off a legend…

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CNN has big plans for the 12th and final season of Parts Unknown. 

The final installment of the beloved culinary travel show will pay tribute to host Anthony Bourdain, who died tragically by suicide while filming in France earlier this year. 

According to the LA Times, an episode featuring a trip to Kenya was the last to be completed with Bourdain’s signature narration. 

Directors who filmed four others in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Big Bend area of Texas along Mexico’s border and the Asturias region of Spain and Indonesia will tie each hour-long program together using Bourdain’s on-location audio and additional interviews.

A combination of outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage and reflections from the series’ cast and crew will make up the penultimate episode. 

“Each one will feel slightly different depending on what’s gathered in the field,” CNN executive Amy Entelis—who helped launch Parts Unknown in 2013told the LA Times. 

“They will have the full presence of Tony because you’ll see him, you’ll hear him, you’ll watch him. That layer of his narration will be missing, but it will be replaced by other voices of people who are in the episodes.”

The last hour will explore “how Tony affected the world” through reactions from Bourdain’s fans, colleagues and friends.

“People said, ‘I was afraid to travel before I watched the show,’ ‘I followed his route,’ ‘I was an addict and I connected with Tony and now I’m fine,'” Entelis said. 

“Others were angry that he’s not in the world anymore. It’s an incredible outpouring. A lot of people are experiencing what we are.”

The final season of Parts Unknown is set to premiere this fall.