The Walking Dead to end with season 11, Daryl and Carol spinoff coming

The Walking Dead Carol and DarylAfter a decade of slaying zombies, The Walking Dead will finally conclude its epic saga with its eleventh season while a new spinoff starring main characters Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier has been ordered by AMC.

According to Variety, The Walking Dead season 11 will consist of 24 episodes which will air over two years beginning late 2021. As previously reported, the delayed season 10 finale is slated to air on October 4 and an additional six episodes have been ordered for the tenth season, all set to air in early 2021. This brings a total of 30 episodes more of The Walking Dead before the long-running series breathes its last.

As for the new untitled spinoff, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride will be reprising their roles as Daryl and Carol. The show is expected to air in 2023 and will be co-created by current showrunner Angela Kang and chief content officer Scott Gimple.

The Walking Dead 10.9Kang talked about the final season and the new spinoff, saying:

“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.”

In addition to the Daryl and Carol spinoff, Gimple is also working on an episodic anthology series called Tales of the Walking Dead, which will feature one-off episodes starring new and and existing characters from the series.

Then, there is the current spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, which will be premiering its sixth season on October 11 and the new spinoff, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, which will premiere on October 4, right after The Walking Dead season 10 finale. Then, there are still the films about the fate of Rick Grimes.

Gimple shared this message about the show:

The Walking Dead 10.6“It’s been ten years ‘gone bye;’ 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.”

Chief operating officer of AMC Networks, Ed Carroll, shared this statement about the franchise:

The Walking Dead Season 10 PremiereThe 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.

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.”

So while the main show may be ending, The Walking Dead universe just refuses to die, like the zombies that populate its post-apocalyptic wasteland.