Long-running zombie apocalypse drama series The Walking Dead will actually be coming to an end… in a way.
AMC will be wrapping up the series after season 11, which will air over two years and will run for twenty-four episodes, coming to an end in 2022. But like some kind of ultra-powerful undead, even cutting the head off won’t be putting a stop to this brand. The mother show may be nearing its end, but there are spinoff arms to keep fans happy – including a planned offshoot with Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride that’s been announced.
“It’s been ten years ‘gone bye;’ what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that,” said Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead Universe.
“What’s clear is that this show has been about the living, made by a passionate cast, team of writer/producers, producers, and crew, bringing to life the vision put forth by Robert Kirkman in his brilliant comic — and supported by the best fans in the world. We have a lot of thrilling story left to tell on TWD, and then, this end will be a beginning of more Walking Dead — brand new stories and characters, familiar faces and places, new voices, and new mythologies. This will be a grand finale that will lead to new premieres. Evolution is upon us. The Walking Dead lives.”
The newly-greenlit spinoff will be focusing on Daryl Dixon (Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and is being lined up for a 2023 release. Angela Kang, current Walking Dead showrunner and co-creator of the series, will be running it.
“I look forward to digging in with our brilliant writers, producers, directors, cast and crew to bring this epic final chapter of Robert Kirkman’s story to life for our fans over the next two years,” said Kang. “The Walking Dead flagship series has been my creative home for a decade and so it’s bittersweet to bring it to an end, but I could not be more excited to be working with Scott Gimple and AMC to develop a new series for Daryl and Carol. Working with Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride has been a highlight of my career and I’m thrilled that we get to keep telling stories together.”
Said Reedus: “I feel incredibly honoured to be a part of The Walking Dead. This show changed my life and career and everyone involved has truly been a family for me over the last decade. I’m thankful for AMC’s love and support and know there’s so much more story to tell and so much more to bring the best fans in the world. Daryl’s relationship with Carol has always been my favourite relationship on the show (sorry Rick). I love the way these characters interact and relate to each other on so many levels and can’t wait to see where their ride goes from here.”
Said McBride: “Of course, I’ve always enjoyed working so closely with Norman throughout these many seasons. In playing Carol, and as a viewer of the show, I’ve also long been intrigued with ‘Daryl and Carol,’ and by what so early on between them, even then, felt somehow bound. Their shared history is long, and each’s own personal fight to survive, even longer – the more obvious aspect of what has kept them close and loyal. But there is also a rather mysterious aspect to their fondness for one another that I enjoy, and their playfulness when the world permits. I’m very curious! Angela has a way of shaking things up in great and unexpected ways. She’s like a kid playing with the dimmer switch! I’m very excited!”
That’s not all that’s on the way. AMC has announced that it is also developing a new Tales of the Walking Dead series, an episodic anthology that will feature individual episodes or arcs of episodes focused, telling of new or existing characters, backstories or other stand-alone experiences.
The Walking Dead‘s remaining six episodes of season 10, delayed due to the pandemic, are scheduled to be released early next year.