AMC has confirmed that The Walking Dead will be coming to an end after its next season, taking the long-running hit series to an impressive 11 seasons. However, this is far from the end of the road for some of the characters as there will be multiple new spin-offs for fans to devour. Fan favourites Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) will be getting their own series that's set to launch in 2023. That's not all, Walking Dead overlord Scott Gimple is working on an anthology series Tales of the Walking Dead which will explore standalone stories.
Gimple made the announcment in an empassioned statement, here's what he had to say;
“It’s been ten years gone by; what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that. 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.”
Current showrunner Angela Kang, also co-develops the untitled Daryl & Carol series, and she promises the final chapters of The Walking Dead will be suitably epic.
“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."
The delayed season 10 finale is due to land on AMC in October along with the return of Fear The Walking Dead, and new spin-off The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Season 10 recently had six additional episodes added which will be spread throughout 2021, so all being well (crosses fingers hopefully), The Walking Dead's final season will start late next year. There's also the small matter of the return of Rick Grimes in the long-mooted movie spin-off.