What does the writer’s strike mean for The Walking Dead spinoffs?

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee - The Walking Dead: Dead City _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Peter Kramer/AMC
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee - The Walking Dead: Dead City _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Peter Kramer/AMC /

On Tuesday, May 2, 2023, members of The Writer’s Guild of America voted to strike for the first time in 15 years. This means all writing for late-night TV and scripted series has come to a halt until the writers and studios can come to an agreement on terms. This action will drastically affect new programming for the 2023-2024 network season. Will this strike affect The Walking Dead spinoff series?

This means that any scripts that have been completed can continue to shoot, but there can be no rewrites, reworks, or other changes to the script. Scott M. Gimple, who serves many roles in The Walking Dead universe, including writer for the spinoffs, is a WGA member.

According to The Wrap, AMC Networks have stated the strike will not disrupt the upcoming series currently in production.

Fear the Walking Dead season 8

Filming for the eighth and final season of Fear the Walking Dead was completed in March 2023. This series is schedule to release in two six episode parts beginning May 11 on AMC+ and May 14 on AMC. Part 2 will release before the end of 2023.

The Walking Dead: Dead City season 1

The first season of Dead City, the series that will continue the stories of Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has completed filming for its first season consisting of six episodes. Dead City will premiere on AMC on June 18 at 10 p.m. ET immediately following the midseason 8 finale of Fear the Walking Dead. 

AMC has yet to announce a second season renewal but newcomer, Mahina Napoleon, who plays a character name Ginny, stated in an interview that she was scheduled to return to New York to begin filming for a second season later in 2023. If this is accurate, the second season could be affected by the writers strike.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon season 1

The series that will follow Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) to France wrapped filming its first season in March 2023 and is scheduled to release its six episode first season in the fall of 2023 on AMC and AMC+.

AMC has announced nothing but casting calls and French cast and crew members have posted on social media about production for a second season of this series as well. Depending on who the writers are as this series is filmed in France, it could be affected by the strike.

The Walking Dead: Rick & Michonne season 1

Filming for the Rick & Michonne spinoff is rumored to be close to completion. This series will focus on the epic love story of Rick & Michonne. This was the only series currently in production that was in really in question but according to AMC filming will continue as scripts must have been completed before the vote to strike. Rick & Michonne is scheduled to release in 2024.

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