The comic book adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead on AMC is coming to an end after 11 long seasons.
Because of the pandemic , a lot of the schedule had to be delayed. The season 11 of the show was supposed to air later this air but has been pushed back until late 2021.
The show is now more than halfway through its 10th season, with one more episode scheduled to be aired on the 4th of October.
After this the show is supposed to air the last 6 bonus episodes in early 2021. The show would then be back with its full length 24-episodes season 11 at the end of next year, which will serve as the last.
The Walking Dead new spin-off with Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride
Show runners Scott M. Gimple and Angela Kang though, do have some good news for the fans of the series.
A spin-off starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride is already in the works. Reedus and McBride have been with the show since the first season, playing the characters of Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier.
The details for the untitled spin-off are still under wraps, but it is not scheduled to debut until 2023. Kang and Gimple who served as show runners for The Walking Dead, will return for the spin-off as well. Kang would continue to serve as the show runner for the new spin-off, while Gimple will continue with his position as the chief content office for The Walking Dead universe.
On the last season for the show, Angela Kang said – “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. 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 nostalgia of ending a fan favorite like The Walking Dead is getting to everyone.
When asked about his experiences with the show, Gimple said – “It’s been ten years ‘gone bye;’ what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that. 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 Chief Operating Officer of AMC, Ed Carroll also had things to add about the show as well as cast and crew, that went on to make history.
“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 Carroll. “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.”
The Future of The Walking Dead Universe:
The companion to the flagship series, Fear the Walking Dead, will return for its 6th season on October 11th, while The Walking Dead: World Beyond will premiere on Oct. 4. This will be following the premiere of the 16th episode of the current season, after which the show will again go on a hiatus until it returns with the 6 bonus episodes early next year.
The Walking Dead universe also has a talk show hosted by Chris Hardwick, named Talking Dead. And admittedly, they are also working on an episodic anthology series called Tales of the Walking Dead.
Additionally, we also know that the plot line for Rick Grimes’ character, played by Andrew Lincoln, the show’s previous lead, will see its final conclusion in theaters sooner or later.
For now let’s wait for the 4th of October to come!