The Walking Dead universe is gearing up for the finale of the flagship series on November 20, 2022. As sad as it is to see the original series come to a close, TWDU has much more to come. There are currently three spinoffs in production, with release dates expected in 2023. Still, TWD showrunner Angela Kang says don’t expect the new stories to pick up immediately following the series finale timeline.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kang discussed the finale episode and touched on the subject of the spinoffs. She shared that these new series won’t necessarily pick up where The Walking Dead’s finale leaves off.
This means viewers can expect time jumps in some, if not all, of the spinoffs featuring Negan and Maggie, Rick and Michonne and Daryl.
"“When the spin-offs pick up, it’s not going to be exactly where you think it’s going to pick up,” says Kang. “So those are doing their own thing. They’re taking the ball and running down the field with it and going, ‘We’re starting here.’ So that’s kind of how we dealt with the wrangling between main show and spin-offs.”"
The Walking Dead spinoffs
In April 2023, The Walking Dead: Dead City will begin airing. This series sees the unlikely pairing of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) as they travel to Manhattan on an unknown mission. Kang and other TWD creators have stated that the flagship series will not set up any of the spinoffs, so only time will tell what has transpired to see Negan and Maggie team up.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, another spinoff series, is currently filming. This one will see Daryl (Norman Reedus) across the ocean in France. He will arrive at this location against his will, and this series will see the return of the variant walker seen in the post-credits scene of another spinoff, The Walking Dead: World Beyond.
The third spinoff being created will see the return of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). This has excited the fandom as most long for Rick’s return, and having Michonne and him reunited has made it much better.