In 2017, Scott M. Gimple, showrunner of The Walking Dead, was hoping to see the series continue for 20 years, but that won’t be the case. AMC, the network behind the adaptation of Robert Kirkman‘s comic books, announced that The Walking Dead will be ending in its 11th season.
This final season will consist of 24 episodes to which have been added the six additional episodes of season 10. The first twelve episodes of season 11 will be released in 2021, the next twelve episodes in 2022. Although the news may be disappointing to the fans of the series, AMC is not planning to abandon The Walking Dead franchise anytime soon and has announced two new spin-offs.
A spin-off centered on Daryl and Carol
The American network AMC has never hidden its desire to expand the universe of The Walking Dead, as was evident with the Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond spin-offs, as well as with the movies centered on the character of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). It is therefore no surprise to see the network behind the horror series announcing the launch of two new spin-off series.
The first, which is expected to be released in 2023, will focus on the characters of Daryl and Carol played by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride. This project is being developed by Scott M. Gimple and showrunner Angela 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”, she said in a release before adding, “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”.
An anthology series in the works
The second spin-off commissioned by AMC is an anthology series called Tales of the Walking Dead. It will be composed of single episodes or stand-alone narratives centered on new or already known characters and may shed new light on the stories of well-known characters. The anthology will be supervised by Scott M. Gimple and a team from AMC. There is currently no release date announced.