The Walking Dead series began airing on AMC on Halloween night, 2010. The pilot episode ended on a cliffhanger that left viewers highly anticipating the next episode. Little did anyone know that this series would go on to create a fandom of epic proportions. After 11 seasons, 12 years, and 177 episodes, The Walking Dead is, in fact, over.
The series’ final episode, “Rest in Peace,” aired on November 20, 2022, with much fanfare. Talking Dead held an A-list celebration in Los Angeles where cast members, new and old, attended to celebrate the greatness of a series that created the TWD Family. It was a star-studded affair, and Talking Dead host Chris Harwick interviewed several of our favorites.
In addition to the official finale party, many fans worldwide held their own celebrations to commemorate the end of an era.
The Walking Dead is over
Many fans were sad to see the flagship series end, but the promise of more stories to come through spinoffs has helped the grieving process. The ending of the series surpassed many viewers’ expectations, as many feared the end wouldn’t do a good job of concluding the stories for our survivors.
Most fans were shocked to see Rick and Michonne show up at the end of the finale. In the summer of 2022, it was announced at SDCC that the two characters would be starring in a series of their own. This would replace the long-talked-about trilogy of Rick Grimes movies. Production for this series is reported to begin in January 2023.
Maggie and Negan’s series, The Walking Dead: Dead City, will premiere in April 2023, with the Daryl Dixon series to follow later in the year.
So while The Walking Dead may be over, the universe has much more story to tell.