'The Walking Dead' is officially coming to an end

But there's some new spinoffs in the works
September 9, 2020 6:06 p.m. EST
September 14, 2020 12:55 p.m. EST
You know what they say — all good (or, dead?) things must come to an end. Including, it would seem, epic, fan-favourite TV shows like The Walking Dead. The series, which collected no shortage of awards and accolades throughout its tenure, will officially come to close in 2022 following an expanded 11th season featuring 24 episodes. But is it really the end for the series? Fortunately for fans, it seems like there is plenty more to come. In fact, TWD might have just been the beginning — in a “back from the grave” sort of way, of course. After the season 10 finale airs next month, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the franchise will debut its third spinoff series, The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Premiering Oct. 4th, World Beyond arrives just ahead of season 6 of Fear the Walking Dead. And yet… there’s still more to come. AMC is also announcing two new series, one of which will reportedly focus on Daryl, played by Norman Reedus, and Carol, played by Melissa McBride. In other words, we’re about to see a lot more of two of the OG, fan-favourite characters to ever grace the set of TWD. The latest spinoff was created by Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer for TWD and current showrunner Angela Kang — so it’s safe to say this won’t be their first rodeo (of the apocalyptic zombie invasion variety, that is). [video_embed id='5623898488001']Throwback: Cast of The Walking Dead Celebrates 100 Episodes with Fans[/video_embed]And, in case that wasn’t enough to satisfy the appetite of fans, Gimple is developing another show titled, Tales of the Walking Dead. That series will, reportedly, play out as an “episodic anthology with individual episodes or arcs of episodes focused on new or existing characters, backstories or other stand-alone experiences.” Similar to the other iterations, this opens up possibilities to the revival of formerly beloved TWD characters that have since met their demise on the flagship series. Speaking to the upcoming series finale, Gimple noted that TWD has made quite an impression on viewers over the last decade, but there are more stories to come. “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,” Gimple said. “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.”Reedus and McBride also chimed in on the upcoming evolution of their characters, with Reedus sharing that he feels incredibly honoured to be a part of the show. "This show changed my life and career and everyone involved has truly been a family for me over the last decade,” Reedus said in a statement via AMC. “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). 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 a nod to the creative talents of TWD showrunner Kang, McBride explained, “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!"Correction, McBride. We are all very excited.[video_embed id='2021405']WATCH: Woman films creepy doll moving on its own[/video_embed]

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