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The Walking Dead to End With Season 11, Spin-off With Daryl & Carol In Works

September 9, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The Walking Dead is coming to an end as a series in 2022, but the franchise is living on. AMC has announced that the long-running zombie drama will end with its eleventh season, which will run for an expanded 24 episodes and conclude in late 2022. Including the season 10 finale that will air on October 4th and the additional six season ten “bonus episodes” to air early next year, leading to a total of 31 episodes remaining.

While the main show will end, the franchise will continue with spin-offs. In addition to Fear the Walking Dead and the upcoming limited series The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the network has greenlit a spinoff that will focus on the characters of Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl (Norman Reedus). That series, created by franchise CCO Scott M. Gimple and Angela Kang, will debut in 2023 with Kang serving as showrunner.

Gimple will also be developing an episodic anthology series titled Tales of the Walking Dead that is 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 series could see previously-dead characters return for an arc looking at their backstories, along with the introduction of new characters and locations.

“It’s been ten years gone by; what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that,” said Gimple of the end of the main shot. “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.”

Kang added in a statement, “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.”

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