September 21, 2020

‘The Walking Dead’ to end — but more spinoffs coming

In a move that many viewers will consider long overdue, AMC announced on Wednesday that its flagship series, “The Walking Dead,” will end with an 11th season.

But hold on. That season will consist of 24 episodes spread out over two years. Also, the zombie-studded franchise will expand with not one, but two more, spin-offs — one of which will be pegged to “Walking Dead” mainstays Daryl and Carol.

So can you really call this an “ending“?

First things first: The groundbreaking  mothership series will finally conclude with the first 12 episodes airing in 2021 and the final 12 arriving in 2022. With the previously announced six extra Season 10 episodes scheduled for early next year, there are 30 remaining episodes of “The Walking Dead.”

The, the original series will be followed in 2023 by a spin-off focused on Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). That series will be run by current “The Walking Dead” showrunner Angela Kang, who co-created it with Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of “The Walking Dead” Universe.

AMC announced that it is also working with Gimple to develop a new “Tales of the Walking Dead” series, an episodic anthology with individual episodes or arcs of episodes focused on new or existing characters, backstories or other stand-alone experiences. The company, working closely with Gimple, is also developing a number of other new projects grounded in “The Walking Dead” universe.

The two new shows bring to four the number of spin-offs the franchise has spawned. They will join “Fear the Walking Dead” and the forthcoming The “Walking Dead: World Beyond.” AMC also has planned Rick-centric feature films starring Andrew Lincoln.

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“It’s been ten years ‘gone bye;’ what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that,” said Gimple in a statement released by AMC. “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.”

“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,” said Kang. “‘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 …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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