The Walking Dead universe quickly transitioned focus from the hot topic of the series finale to the long list of spinoff series. After airing on AMC for 12 years, The Walking Dead ended its run in November 2022. It was an emotional day within the fandom, but the finale pleasantly surprised fans, and the promise of several spinoffs soothed the wound of the conclusion of the main storyline.
Fear the Walking Dead was the first spinoff series that began airing in 2015, and by 2023 this series will premiere its eighth season. Two other spinoffs have already aired, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, a limited two-season series, and Tales of the Walking Dead, an anthology series set in the same world but which introduced new characters.
There are also three new series set to release in 2023.
The Walking Dead spinoffs
In April 2023, The Walking Dead: Dead City will premiere on AMC and AMC+. This series is the first direct spinoff of the flagship and continues the story of Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they embark on a mission to Manhattan. It is an odd pairing, especially after the series finale conversation where Maggie informs Negan she can never forgive him for Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) death.
It is an exciting new concept for a TWD series as Manhattan had been cut off from the mainland since early in the outbreak, and a horde of 1 million walkers inhabits the island. Many new faces will join this series, including Gaius Charles, Željko Ivanek, Aixa Kendrick, and more.
Daryl Dixon will see a new adventure as his story continues in The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon. This series will be filmed and set in France and will see Daryl encounter some type of religious group. This information comes from the character description of Clémence Poésy’s character Isabelle, who is part of a progressive religious group. Adam Nagaitis has been cast as a black marketeer and underground nightclub owner, Quinn.
This series began filming in the fall of 2022 and will release sometime in 2023 after Dead City.
Fans eagerly await more news regarding The Walking Dead: Rick & Michonne. This series will begin filming in Atlanta on January 6, 2023, and will move to New Jersey by February. Viewers are excited to see the apocalyptic power couple back in action in a series of their own.
Chief Content Officer for TWDU, Scott M. Gimple, has stated that he would like to see more series come out of this world. If these three series are successful, fans will likely see much more come out of TWDU in the future.