Upcoming The Walking Dead TV Shows And Movies: What's Ahead For the Zombie Universe
The universe that will never die.
If you’re a fan of zombies, I’m sure at one point you’ve heard of The Walking Dead. From its ever-evolving list of characters to its heartbreaking deaths to its truly terrifying zombies, The Walking Dead has cemented itself in history as one of the leaders in primetime zombie drama. But, this universe isn’t just The Walking Dead anymore.
Oh no, this world is far bigger than just that little group we met in the quarry in 2010.
If you’re like me and you’re looking for the next best thing that The Walking Dead world has to offer, these are all upcoming The Walking Dead TV shows and movies, from stories following our favorite characters to brand new tales that we’ve never seen before.
Fear The Walking Dead - Season 8, May 14, 2023
I remember when Fear the Walking Dead debuted back in 2015, I thought it was a bad idea for The Walking Dead to suddenly have spinoffs, thinking it would never last. It was just a cash-grab and it wouldn’t catch on.
Oh, how wrong I was.
Fear the Walking Dead has finished its seventh season and, according to Deadline in December 2021, the eighth season is already ordered and on the way. Announced by AMC in January 2023, it was confirmed that the eighth season would be the last, and would premiere in two parts, the first one coming out on May 14th, 2023. The first six episodes will come out, and then the next six.
Dead City - June 2023
One of my favorite characters from The Walking Dead has always been Negan. Not only is he one of the best villains of the show, but he’s one of the best anti-heroes on television right now. So, color me surprised when I found out that they were going to be coming out with a brand-new spinoff featuring my favorite villain and one of my long-time favorite female characters, Maggie, called Dead City.
I mean, talk about a pairing. The two are mortal enemies but have such a strange dynamic in Season 11 that I can’t help but wonder what the heck is going to come next with a spinoff. But, what makes me even more excited is the setting.
We’re finally getting New York City in the apocalypse, my dudes.
As someone who grew up not that far from New York City - and has watched The Walking Dead for many years - one of my biggest gripes was that they never went towards that metropolis but seemed to go everywhere else. And now, we’re not only getting a duo that works, but seeing a new setting that will surely knock our socks off.
Neither Lauren Cohan nor Jeffrey Dean Morgan were present at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, but they came out with a video for the fans that said it was because they were currently filming the spinoff, and it’s still set to come out sometime in 2023, despite there not being a set date yet. If you want to check out the video, look at it below:
.@laurencohan and @JDMorgan had a special message at #TWD’s final #SDCC panel. pic.twitter.com/89MlgUjMxYJuly 23, 2022
In November 2022, a sneak preview was released on The Walking Dead's Twitter page that offered fans a first look into Dead City. Check it out below.
Welcome to #DeadCity… coming in 2023. pic.twitter.com/ppgdFs8vsbNovember 27, 2022
There's even been more pictures that have come out, which shows that this series is rapidly approaching. In January 2023, a synopsis was released (via FearHQ) that confirmed that a time-skip will be taking place at the very beginning of the series. And now also in January 2023, Dead City was confirmed by AMC to come out sometime in June 2023.
In February 2023, a teaser trailer was released on Twitter from The Walking Dead for what the show was going to entail - and it looks crazy!
"You're the key to getting him back." #TWDDeadCity pic.twitter.com/rCAGRHbUZ8February 25, 2023
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - Late 2023
When it was announced that Season 11 of The Walking Dead would be its last, it was also simultaneously announced that two fan favorites, Daryl and Carol, would be getting their own series as well. However, it was confirmed a couple of months ago that Carol, played by Melissa McBride, would be leaving the series, and it would instead focus just on Daryl, according to TV Line.
It is a shame that Carol won’t be in the show, but a rep for AMC said that it was purely a logistical decision for her not to be there, and not a creative one. The show was set to film in Europe, and McBride was unable to relocate for filming.
AMC’s statement does say that they hope to see Carol again in “The Walking Dead universe,” so it sounds like there’s a chance to possibly see Carol at some point once the original show comes to an end, adding to her already impressive time on The Walking Dead, but as for a spinoff featuring Daryl and Carol, that’s a no-go. However, it seems we’ll be getting plenty more badass Daryl moments.
Also revealed during the special prior to Tales of the Walking Dead airing, via Comicbook, were some key details on the upcoming spinoff. Gimple confirmed where the series is going to take place, and how other shows in The Walking Dead universe are going to impact Daryl’s travels.
The real question here is how on earth did Daryl even end up in France? Now that’s going to be something I need to know before The Walking Dead ends.
Apparently, the show has started filming, as Reedus himself ended up posting a celebration post online on his Instagram Stories to commemorate the beginning of filming, so hopefully it won't be long before we see some sort of news from him. And now, according to Deadline, Clémence Poésy & Adam Nagaitis have joined the actor in the show. Several other actors have signed on as well, according to TV Line.
Confirmed in January 2023, the show was officially called The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon. Not super creative, but it fits. As of February 2023, filming is still ongoing. Reedus even recently had a close friend come to visit him on set in France, Hideo Kojima, posting about it on his Instagram.
Untitled Rick And Michonne Spinoff - 2024
Remember when we thought we were going to be getting those Rick Grimes movies to officially wrap up Rick’s The Walking Dead story? Yeah, that’s not happening anymore. Instead, we’re getting a whole new series featuring both Rick and Michonne.
Announced at Comic-Con 2022, via Deadline, a new limited series featuring the two characters from The Walking Dead would premiere on both AMC and AMC+, and that the Rick movies that were originally announced were no longer a go. To be honest, this is something I’m really excited by, because I feel it’ll properly end Rick’s story - as well as Michonne’s, with one of my biggest questions about the last episodes of The Walking Dead being about Michonne’s potential return. Guess I got my answer in the form of a limited series.
During a special that was shown prior to Tales of the Walking Dead premiering, The Walking Dead chief, Scott M. Gimple, revealed the first details about the show, via Comicbook, describing the limited series as an “epic and insane love story.”
Confirmed in January 2023 by AMC, the show will debut in 2024, with production beginning in 2023. Danai Gurira even confirmed herself in an interview with Self that filming would start in 2023.
And now, in February 2023, filming has officially begun, according to The Walking Dead Twitter page, showing Rick and Michonne's hands intertwined and their names on the backs of seats.
🖤 pic.twitter.com/XGpFBdDavvFebruary 21, 2023
In March 2023, it was announced that finally, another person was cast in the show - Lesley-Ann Brandt from Lucifer, so it'll be awesome to see her alongside our good old Rick and Michonne. I'm so freaking excited!
The Walking Dead - Finished November 20th, 2022
You know, as someone who has watched this show since the beginning, it’s strange to think of it coming to an end after I’ve had so many memories and made friends just from watching this series. And now, after eleven seasons, The Walking Dead has come to an end, reaching its emotional finale on November 20th, 2022.
While it was upsetting to say goodbye to several characters that I'll never see again, I know that this isn't the end, because of all these spinoffs that are happening, so I'll mark this down as a "see you soon" for some of my favorite characters. And now, I can happily rank all the seasons from worst to best.
Tales Of The Walking Dead Season 2?
Tales of the Walking Dead premiered back in the beginning of August 2022, but since then, there hasn’t been confirmation if there is going to be a Season 2 or not, so we’ll be keep our eyes and ears open in case something comes out about this show.
As a fan of The Walking Dead, I am excited to see what new stories the creators and actors plan on bringing to the world of walkers that I’ve grown up on. I’m also slightly nervous, because the last thing I want is to have too many stories all at once to keep track of.
Regardless, whenever these shows are released, I’ll be sitting in my seat with some popcorn, waiting to watch.
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