‘The Walking Dead’ To End With Expanded Season 11, But Daryl/Carol Spin-Off Incoming For 2023 Plus New Anthology Series!

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09 Sep 20

‘The Walking Dead’ To End With Expanded Season 11, But Daryl/Carol Spin-Off Incoming For 2023 Plus New Anthology Series!

‘The Walking Dead’ is coming to an end…ish… The main show will conclude with a supersized 11th Season, but the wider Walking Dead universe is very much alive and kicking!

US network AMC announced today that the groundbreaking series, which made history as the highest-rated series in the history of cable television, will end with an expanded two-year eleventh season that will span 24 episodes. With the previously announced six extra Season 10 episodes scheduled for early next year, there are 30 remaining episodes of the flagship series that will run through late 2022.

That is not the end though… not by a longshot! Whilst the main show ends, fan favourites Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) will continue in a new spin-off series which will premiere in 2023 and be run by TWD showrunner Angela Kang, who co-created the series with TWD overlord, Scott M. Gimple. AMC is also working with Gimple to develop a new ‘Tales of the Walking Dead’ series, an episodic anthology with individual episodes or arcs of episodes focused on new or existing characters, backstories or other stand-alone experiences. The company, working closely with Gimple, is also developing a number of other new and innovative projects grounded in ‘The Walking Dead’ universe.

“It’s been ten years ‘gone bye;’ what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that,” commented Gimple. “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.”

“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,” adds 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.”

‘The Walking Dead’ premiered on Halloween night in 2010 as the #1 cable series launch of all time, later surpassed by other AMC series ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Into the Badlands’, and is the most-watched series in cable history. It was also the first cable series to become the #1 show in all of television, including broadcast, a rank it held for five consecutive years. Despite a dip in rating from its heyday, the current 10th Season remains the #1 series on basic cable for the 11th consecutive year. All of the top 73 cable entertainment telecasts for the past decade have been airings of ‘The Walking Dead’.

“‘The Walking Dead’ made television history, and is one of those rare creative works that has given life to an entire content universe that is still in the early stages of growing and entertaining both new and established fans,” said Ed Carroll, chief operating officer of AMC Networks. “We can’t wait to bring viewers this expanded final season of ‘The Walking Dead’ over the next two years, and launch the fourth series in the history of the franchise, focused on the beloved Daryl and Carol characters, with the incredibly talented Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Angela Kang and Scott M. Gimple. There really is so much ‘walking’ ahead, in a number of very exciting directions, for this extraordinary creative universe we call ‘The Walking Dead.'”

We don’t know exactly what the new Daryl and Carol spin-off will entail. Maybe going to find Rick? Maybe they’re looking for a place to settle down! Whatever it is, both Reedus and McBride seem up for the challenge.

“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,” commented McBride. “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!”

“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),” add Reedus. “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.”

In addition to the “Daryl & Carol” show and the ‘Tales of the Walking Dead’ anthology, we also have two seasons of ‘The Walking Dead: World Beyond’ incoming, plus the continuation of ‘Fear The Walking Dead’, AND those long talked about Rick Grimes movies… I think it’s fair to say, ‘The Walking Dead’ is still very much alive and well!

The Walking Dead‘ season 10 finale will air Monday, 5th October 2020 at 9pm on FOX UK. The Walking Dead: World Beyond‘ Season 1 premieres Monday, 5th October 2020 on Amazon Prime UK. ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 6 premieres Monday 12th October 2020 at 9pm on AMC UK.