Wednesday, September 9, 2020

AMC's 'The Walking Dead' to End After 11 Seasons; Spinoff Starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride Ordered

AMC has today announced that the original drama series The Walking Dead will be coming to an end with its upcoming eleventh season. However, the network has also confirmed today a series order for a new spinoff starring franchise leads Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride.

As a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the original tenth season finale of the drama was delayed. It will now air as a standalone episode on Sunday, October 4. Moreover, ten additional episodes have been ordered to expand the tenth season - which will debut in 2021.

The eleventh and final season will produce 24 episodes overall, which will run over two years on the cable network.

Created by The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang and chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, the untitled spinoff featuring Reedus and McBride reprising their roles as Daryl and Carol is scheduled to debut in 2023. AMC remains in development with a number of additional spinoffs set in the Walking Dead universe - in addition to the three feature films headlined by former franchise star Andrew Lincoln.

"It's been ten years 'gone bye;' what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that," said Gimple.

"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. "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."