The decision to kill the show has finally come.
AMC announced on Wednesday that it is bringing The Walking Dead flagship series to an end. The show will officially conclude after an expanded 24-episode eleventh season that will air over two years. Thus, it is expected that the series will end in 2022.
Part of the airing includes the COVID-delayed Oct. 4 season 10 finale, as well as six season 10 bonus episodes that will air in early 2021.
The Walking Dead may be coming to a close, but AMC revealed that it has greenlit a currently untitled spin-off series. To many people’s surprise, the new series will star Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride, who play Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier, respectively. The show is set to premiere in 2023, and current Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang is leading production. Kang co-created the show with Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead universe.
“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,” Gimple said in a statement. “This will be a grand finale that will lead to new premieres. Evolution is upon us. ‘The Walking Dead’ lives.”
Gimple is said to be developing another new series titled Tales of the Walking Dead. The show is being described as “an episodic anthology with individual episodes or arcs of episodes focused on new or existing characters, backstories or other stand-alone experiences.”
The Walking Dead is one of the most iconic television shows of our age. It first premiered in 2010 and was once one of the most-watched series on television. The Walking Dead universe went on to inspire two television spin-offs— Fear the Walking Dead and the forthcoming The Walking Dead: World Beyond— as well as a talk show called Talking Dead, several web series, and some upcoming films.