For a TV show that is coming to an end, there is a lot of The Walking Dead still to go as the flagship series still has 16 episodes to air next year before we say goodbye. However, it will be short goodbye for some characters as a brand new anthology series has just been announced with new and fan favourite characters getting standalone stories. Long-term Walking Dead producer Channing Powell will serve as showrunner for the six-episode first season that's been titled Tales of The Walking Dead.
In a statement released via Deadline, AMC President of Original Programming, Dan McDermott, had this to say about the new series;
“The Walking Dead is a show that made television history and attracted an army of passionate and highly engaged fans. We see so much potential for a wide range of rich and compelling storytelling in this world, and the episodic anthology format of Tales of the Walking Dead will give us the flexibility to entertain existing fans and also offer an entry point for new viewers, especially on streaming platforms. We have seen the appeal of this format in television classics like The Twilight Zone and, more recently, Black Mirror, and are excited to engage with fans in this new way, against the backdrop of this very unique and engrossing world.”
“I started as a fan of The Walking Dead and have ended up as a showrunner of what will hopefully be one of its most unique spinoffs. That’s nuts and I’m so grateful to AMC and Scott for supporting me and my writers while we pushed, pulled and poked at the boundaries of this universe to bring you something new and unexpected, while hopefully still tending to what core audiences loved so much about the flagship show.”
There is no escaping that The Walking Dead has lost its way a bit over the years. There have been some standout episodes in recent seasons that remind us what a thrilling show it can be when it tries. I've enjoyed the first spin-off, Fear The Walking Dead, a lot more than the last few seasons of the flagship show, but here's hoping the final 16 episodes will give the series the ending it deserves. That said, with talks of a Rick Grimes movie still doing the rounds, the proposed Daryl and Carol spin-off, World Beyond's second season, can The Walking Dead ever truly end?