The first issue of Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #1 by Robert Kirkman was published back in October of 2003. Then seven years later was the debut of The Walking Dead television show on AMC. The pilot episode was titled Days Gone Bye. Since then the franchise has not looked back, gaining a huge following. This has lead to spin-offs, haunted attractions at Universal Studios, and a Dead Zone at San Diego Comic-Con. But all good things must eventually come to an end.
The end was near when Kirkman after so many years wrapped up the comic book after 193 issues. Now almost ten years after it’s debut on television, The Walking Dead is close to its final chapter. Via Deadline we have learned that the zombie apocalypse series will be wrapping up with an expanded 11th season in 2022. The last season will take place over a two-year span with a whopping 24 episodes.
Although this does mean the end to the main series, AMC has already been working on a variety of spinoffs to keep walker hungry fans happy. For example, they have already given the thumbs up to a spinoff. This will feature Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier, played by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride. Created by The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang and chief content officer for the Deadverse, Scott M. Gimple. Thew will be trying to debut this series sometime in 2023.
“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, who took over as the showrunner from Gimple at the start of Season 9. “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,” the EP added. “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.”
But of course, that’s not all folks! Along with this new series we still have the ongoing Fear the Walking Dead that will kick off its sixth season on October 11th. Also, there will be the two-season, The Walking Dead: World Beyond series that will also debut next month. Not enough? Well, another Deadverse series being developed is called Tales of the Walking Dead. This anthology series will be in an episodic format and is said to focus on individual stories for the Deadverse that are new and old. Oh and let’s not forget the three Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, films that are currently in the script stage over at Universal.
So as you can see although the main series may be ending, that does not mean the end of walkers crawling out of your television. We may already be looking far ahead beyond the main series. I am just eager to get to what was supposed to be the season 10 finale that will drop on October 4th. Then beyond that we will get an extra ten episodes of season 10 in 2021. I can’t wait to see how they wrap up this season.
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The special season 10 finale episode of The Walking Dead will drop on October 4th, 2020 on AMC. Also on that same night will be the premiere for The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Followed by the premiere of the 6th season of Fear the Walking Dead the following week on the 11th.
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