“The Walking Dead” will come to an end with a 24 episode 11th season but two additional spinoff series are already in the works…
“The Walking Dead” is coming to an end.
The hit AMC series based on comic books by Robert Kirkman will conclude with season 11, which will feature a total of 24 episodes spread over two years with the series coming to a close in 2022.
“It’s been ten years gone bye; what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that,” ‘Walking Dead’ chief content officer Scott M. Gimple said in a statement. “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.”
With the main “Walking Dead” series coming to an end, two new spinoff series are already in the works.
First up is a series that’s already been greenlit to production that will focus on two popular characters from the main series. Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride, who have portrayed Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier since the first episode of the series, will get their own spinoff series with current “Walking Dead” showrunner Angela Kang joining them.
AMC is also currently working with Gimple on a second spinoff series called “Tales of the Walking Dead,” which would be an anthology show with “individual episodes or arcs of episodes focused on new or existing characters, backstories or other stand-alone experiences.”
“‘The Walking Dead’ made television history, and is one of those rare creative works that has given life to an entire content universe that is still in the early stages of growing and entertaining both new and established fans,” Ed Carroll, chief operating officer of AMC Networks, said in a statement.
“We can’t wait to bring viewers this expanded final season of ‘The Walking Dead’ over the next two years, and launch the fourth series in the history of the franchise, focused on the beloved Daryl and Carol characters, with the incredibly talented Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Angela Kang and Scott M. Gimple. There really is so much ‘walking’ ahead, in a number of very exciting directions, for this extraordinary creative universe we call ‘The Walking Dead.’”
“The Walking Dead” already has six additional episodes of season 10 that will eventually air on AMC as a bonus after filming on the show was shut down at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Once that wraps, “The Walking Dead” will begin the 11th and final season with 24 brand new episodes spread out over two years.
“The Walking Dead” has been a massive franchise for AMC ever since debuting in 2010. The series went onto become the No. 1 show on cable for several years while spawning several spinoff series including “Fear the Walking Dead” and the upcoming show “The Walking Dead: World Beyond.”
There are also plans in motion for a series of three “Walking Dead” movies that will focus on Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) after he left the series. Those films are still moving ahead as planned.
The surprise announcement comes on the heels of the original “Walking Dead” comic book coming to a similar end after Kirkman abruptly finished that series as well. It’s unknown how much of Kirkman’s original vision from the comics will play into the series, especially considering so many of the characters have changed between the two mediums.
What we know for certain is “The Walking Dead” will come to a close with season 11 expected to debut in 2021.