Get ready, TWD Family! 2020 is going to be a huge year for The Walking Dead Universe with a possible 42 weeks of programming to enjoy!
2020 will be a banner year for The Walking Dead as the AMC flagship series wraps up season 10 and kicks off season 11, Fear the Walking Dead enters season 6 and a brand new series debuts with The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Unless AMC plans to run those shows together somehow, that could mean a full 42 weeks of TWD programming in 2020.
Yes, 42 weeks!
Here’s the breakdown: 16 episode of The Walking Dead between 10B and 11A, 16 episodes of Fear the Walking Dead and 10 episodes of World Beyond in its inaugural season.
That’s 42 total weeks of programming, and when you consider there are 52 weeks in a year that means almost every Sunday could feature a show set in the TWD Universe. Of course, it’s possible that World Beyond could debut following the season finale of The Walking Dead, or that World Beyond could lead into Fear the Walking Dead, but even so that leaves over two-thirds of the year covered.
For the TWD Family, this is incredible news. It means there will be more to keep us occupied between breaks, and that’s a good thing. In 2019 there was only a brief three week gap between Fear the Walking Dead 5A and 5B, and it really helped to keep the story moving by having such a brief hiatus.
Some fans might be concerned with having too much TWD content throughout the year, but the three shows are so vastly different from one another that it shouldn’t be a problem. Furthermore, with the prospect of a shared universe (despite the shows being set at various points in the zombie apocalypse) having continuous content helps to keep the excitement building.
As of this writing there is no release date for World Beyond other than “Spring 2020”, though filming on the first season has wrapped. Fear TWD started production on season 6 in December 2019 and has no release date. The Walking Dead returns on February 23, and there’s reason to believe that World Beyond will debut during the TWD season finale, with Fear TWD following World Beyond in late spring.
There is also the matter of how many episodes of Talking Dead will follow all of these episodes. With World Beyond’s younger cast, it would be nice to see Chandler Riggs and Katelyn Nacon hosting an after show for the freshman zombie drama.
What do you think about a possible 42 weeks of zombies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!