‘The Walking Dead’ to End With Massive Season 11, Two Spinoffs Ordered

‘The Walking Dead’ to End With Massive Season 11, Two Spinoffs Ordered

September 9, 2020 0 By Jeff Fountain

It had to happen eventually and today is the day.

The massive AMC hit show The Walking Dead is coming to an end with a huge 24 episode season that will span two years. With the previously announced six extra episodes for season 10, scheduled for early next year, there are 30 remaining episodes will run through late 2022.

However, for Walking Dead fans, there is some good news.

A new spinoff series starring Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) and Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) will premiere in 2023 and will be helmed by the current Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang. AMC is also working to develop a new Tales of the Walking Dead series with Scott Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead universe/franchise, an episodic anthology with individual episodes or arcs of episodes focused on new or existing characters, backstories, or other stand-alone experiences.

“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. In its current 10th season, “The Walking Dead” 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.”

“I feel incredibly honored 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 favorite relationship on the show (sorry Rick),” Reedus said. “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.”

“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 by ‘Daryl and Carol,’ and by what so early on between them, even then, felt somehow bound,” said 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!”

 

The series has also given life to a vibrant and expanding content universe that currently includes Talking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, returning for its sixth season on October 11, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, a new series about the first generation raised in the apocalypse, debuting October 4; a feature film being produced by Universal and Skybound, alongside AMC, focused on the Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) character, and now the two new planned spinoffs as well.