The Walking Dead: Maggie and Negan spin-off Isle of the Dead

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC /

AMC has just announced another spin-off series featuring characters from The Walking Dead. Isle of the Dead will feature Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as the head to a post-apocalyptic Manhattan.

In a press release Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, had this to say about the series:

"“This is a very big day for the expanding universe we are building around The Walking Dead. It not only adds another compelling series to this collection, it extends our storytelling around two unforgettable characters fans have grown to love, hate or hate and then love in Maggie and Negan, brilliantly inhabited by Lauren and Jeffrey.  It also lets us explore a corner of this universe located on the island of Manhattan, with an iconic skyline that takes on a very different meaning when viewed through the lens of a zombie apocalypse.”"

Isle of the Dead is written by Eli Jorné, who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer, which Scott M. Gimple will oversee. Cohan and Morgan will also serve as EPs for the series. Jorné has previously written episodes from season 10 of TWD, “What It Always Is,” “Walk With Us” (with Nicole Mirante-Matthews), and “A Certain Doom” (with Corey Reed & Jim Barnes).

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This new series might seem odd as Maggie and Negan have been at odds since Maggie returned in season 10. As time has gone on, it is evident that Maggie and Negan are more alike than she would like to admit.

Recently, Negan exiled himself from everyone due to the fact he doesn’t feel Maggie will hold up her end of the truce they declared while battling the Reapers. The teasers for season 11 show that he will return, but he will be with at least one new person.

It appears Maggie has chosen to stay at Hilltop instead of relocating to the Commonwealth. We will learn more about this during the Sunday, March 13 episode “The Lucky Ones.”

How will this pair end up traveling to Manhattan together? It will be a fascinating story, I am sure.

The new series will find Maggie and Negan in the crumbling city full of the undead and other residents who have made this their home. It is a world full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror cut off from the mainland.

Cohan had this to say about the series:

"I’m thrilled to partner with Dan McDermott and the team at AMC on the next chapter in The Walking Dead Universe.  Maggie is very close to my heart and I’m excited to continue her journey against the iconic backdrop of New York City, alongside my friend and collaborator, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.  Eli Jorné has created something incredibly special and I cannot wait for the fans to see what we have in store for Maggie and Negan."

Morgan had this to say about the series:

"I’m delighted that Negan and Maggie’s journey continues.  It’s been such a ride walking in Negan’s shoes, I’m beyond excited to continue his journey in New York City with Lauren.  Walkers in an urban setting has always been such a cool image, but 5th Avenue, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty?  The greatest city in the world??  The backdrop is amazing, but it’s the story that Eli Jorné cooked up that is even better.  Buckle up folks, Isle of the Dead is going to reinvent the TWD Universe.  Huge thank you to Dan McDermott, Scott Gimple and AMC for having us back for more… we simply can’t wait."

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