It seems that the first series set in what will become the Walking Dead “Universe” is finally going to end. AMC announced it renewed The Walking Dead for an extended final season, and then the legacy characters from the original series will get spinoff shows. On top of that, season 10 will be extended with six more episodes. Thus, that means there will be a total of 30 new original episodes of The Walking Dead before the show wraps up its run. Most interestingly is that the only two surviving characters from the first season of the show, Norman Reedus’s Daryl and Melissa McBride’s Carol Peletier are going to make it to the end. Daryl, and Michael Rooker’s Merle Dixon, were characters who never appeared in The Walking Dead comic series, also now completed.
However, with the promise of more new original series and a series of films centered around Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes, AMC is still in the zombie business. An anthology series, called Tales of the Walking Dead, will focus on both new and familiar characters from the universe. The new series aren’t scheduled to debut until (at least) 2023. Still, there will be plenty of time for the storytellers to wrap up The Walking Dead flagship series with it renewed for an extended final season. Current showrunner Angela Kang will continue to be involved in the series’ production, while former showrunner Scott Gimple remains in charge of the suite of Walking Dead shows and films.
As Kang said, via Variety:
“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.”
Along with Tales of the Walking Dead, the untitled Daryl-Carol series, and the Rick Grimes films, there are other projects on-the-air or in-the-works. First, there is Fear the Walking Dead, which will begin its sixth season in October. There is also The Walking Dead: World Beyond, a series set decades in the future, following kids who’ve grown up in relative safety during the apocalypse. This show will only run two seasons, as it tells as self-contained story. Also, there will surely continue to be web-series, novels, and video game tie-ins to this universe.
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