AMC's The Walking Dead now has an expiration date like one of its zombies.
The network announced today (via Variety) that the hit show based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series of the same name will come to an end after Season 11. However, that conclusion will then spin off into a brand-new project centering on two franchise mainstays: Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). The spinoff, which is currently without a title and slated to premiere in 2023, was created by former Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang and current chief content officer of AMC'S Walking Dead IP Scott Gimple. Kang is also on board as showrunner.
"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," Kang said in a statement to Variety. “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.”
And if that wasn't enough for you, Gimple is also developing Tales of the Walking Dead, an anthology of standalone episodes featuring established characters from TWD universe.
"It’s been ten years ‘gone bye;’ what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that,” added 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.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, production on Season 11 (originally scheduled to air this year) was delayed. It will now air over the course of two years, starting in late 2021, across 24 episodes. The delayed Season 10 "finale" episode is slated to arrive Sunday, Oct. 4. That said, the show's tenth installment was later expanded with an order for six more episodes.
A new limited spinoff series The Walking Dead: World Beyond will premiere immediately after the "finale." Fear the Walking Dead's sixth season debuts the following Sunday, Oct. 11. AMC hopes to bring the undead property to the big screen in a planned trilogy of movies that follow Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes, who left the main show in Season 9.
"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.”