The long-running series will say good-bye in 2022.
September 9, 2020
AMC announced today that The Walking Dead will be coming to an end after its upcoming 11th season. The post-apocalyptic horror drama still has plenty more story to tell though, as Season 11 is set to be its largest ever, on top of an already-expanded Season 10 that has seven as-yet-unaired episodes still on the way.
The veteran series' aforementioned 10th season was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic-related shutdown earlier this year. Its previously-planned finale will now air in October, with six additional episodes recently added to it that will air in early 2021. That will help tide fans over until Season 11, which will consist of 24 episodes that will premiere later in 2021 and run through to late 2022.
On top of all that, a new spin-off was also announced for 2023 that will take place in the same universe. It will follow the continued adventures of fan-favorite characters Daryl and Carol. No further details on that series will be known for quite some time.
The decision to end The Walking Dead comes as a bit of a surprise. While no longer the juggernaut it once was, the show still draws a sizeable audience. In many ways the move does make sense, though, as ratings have tumbled precipitously in recent years. The Robert Kirkman comic series on which it is based also ended in 2019, which seemed to set the stage for the show to say good-bye sooner than later.
The overall Walking Dead universe has expanded to the point that there will still be plenty of content out there for fans for quite some time. On top of original spin-off Fear the Walking Dead, which is going into its sixth season, there is the upcoming limited series The Walking Dead: World Beyond, a trio of films that will feature Rick Grimes, the Daryl and Carol spin-off in 2023, and even a possible anthology series that is in the early planning stages.
09/10/20 at 08:20am
I think this is happening as it should. Maybe a season or two too late.
09/10/20 at 07:33am
I've watched every episode of every season including the spin off. I feel I overdosed on all of it years ago but still continue to watch like a zombie in a lounge chair. I'm glad it's ending. I wish it would all end completely including all proposed spin-offs and movies so that I could move on from it once and for all. Usually every season there are one or two really good episodes and I guess that's what keeps me hanging on.But, trudging through the rest of them is tedious. Also, I watch the frequently annoying Talking Dead that follows most episodes. That was kind of fun in the beginning until Chris Hardwick started endlessly shilling TWD merchandise and speed talking through every element of the show. Please let it all die and not get up and start walking again..
09/10/20 at 04:25am
I bailed on this merry go round after they finally killed Glen off.
09/10/20 at 01:02am
It's been meandering in repetition for at least the past 3 seasons anyway -- new bad guy.. does horrible things.. kills off regular characters..... they have to muster the strength to overcome... wash.. rinse.... repeat... Gov'ner... Neegan... Whisperers....
09/09/20 at 09:43pm
They're making up for it by giving this series one spinoff after another. Even if the main show is being concluded, its characters still live on. Then there's the matter of the movies whenever that sees the light of day. They're going to milk this cash cow for all it's worth with no end in sight.
09/09/20 at 05:04pm
Finally, hard to be a fan of this show with all the huge mistakes it's made and lazy director that won't or can't show all the characters in one episode. I'd settle for most of them or some. If it wasn't for the really good first seasons I wouldn't have bothered.
09/09/20 at 02:46pm
So, what they are saying is that Daryl and Carol can be surrounded by 300 walkers, armed only with rusty butter knives, and they will be fine because they will be in a spin off series ?
09/09/20 at 01:23pm
I've been a huge fan since the first episode aired. That being said, I have struggled to watch the season 10 episodes that I recorded. The story just stopped going anywhere.
09/09/20 at 11:53am
Sure it is. We all believe you.
09/09/20 at 11:44am
A series set in a post-post-apocalypse like the one seen in the final comic issue could definitely be interesting, but I don't trust the creative teams behind current WD/FtWD to deliver it.
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