The Walking Dead fandom is gearing up for an outstanding year. First will be the premiere of the eighth and final season of the first spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead, in May. This will be followed by the debut of the fourth spinoff, The Walking Dead: Dead City, in June, and The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon to release in the year’s second half.
Dead City will focus on Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they travel to Manhattan to rescue her son Hershel who has been kidnapped. Viewers have long wondered what would drive these enemies together on a mission; many believed it would center around her son.
This series will be the first direct spinoff of the flagship series, and the fact it will be located in New York is an exciting time for the universe. This will be the first series to be centrally located in a cityscape setting instead of the backwoods of Georgia. Viewers did see Atlanta at the beginning of the outbreak, but this series takes place years after the outbreak, while Manhattan has been cut off from the mainland and will look much different than the pre-outbreak city.
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In a recent interview with Collider, TWD’s COO Scott Gimple and Dead City showrunner Eli Jorné talked about what fans can expect in this new landscape.
Jorné talked about how different this location will be for an apocalyptic story. This landscape allows for many variations of how the characters deal with walkers in a setting vastly different from the woods in Georgia. He stated, “environmentally and architecturally, there are so many new ways that we can experience walkers that you couldn’t have.”
Gimple would add that his series will also introduce some of the “most awesome, disgusting, terrifying walkers” of the universe. He added that one imparticular “will both invoke awe in people, but they also might throw up.”
In other interviews, Jorné has also compared Dead City to the likes of Escape from New York and The Warriors, which are both set in New York City and have become a wasteland overrun with criminals.
From all reports, Dead City sounds like it will set itself apart from the main series with location alone. But all the possibilities a city offers for developing the series will make this a much different story.
Dead City will premiere in June 2023 on AMC and AMC+.