The Walking Dead: Dead City will premiere on AMC on Sunday, June 18, at 9 p.m. ET. Fans are eager to begin the next chapters of Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they embark on new adventures in Manhattan.
Dead City is set a few years after the events of The Walking Dead’s final episode, and Maggie already seems to have been hardened. Negan has retained his sense of humor, and fans will enjoy Negan being Negan.
One thing that stands out is the fact that this series feels comfortingly familiar until it becomes drastically different. Die-hard fans of The Walking Dead will feel right at home as this story begins. The reasoning for bringing these long-time enemies together doesn’t seem forced but necessary. Maggie has her reasons for pairing with Negan, who has his own set of problems as he is on the run from the marshals of New Babylon.
The landscape of Manhattan has been transformed into an apocalyptic nightmare where walkers fall from the skies. The trailer, while quite impressive, doesn’t do the setting justice. Dead City is quite the departure from the wooden setting of the flagship series, and this story is much darker.
The Croat (Željko Ivanek) is as insane as one would hope, Perlie Armstrong (Gaius Charles) is a man on a mission who will stop at nothing to capture Negan, and Ginny (Mahina Napoleon) is a young girl who has attached herself to Negan after experiencing significant trauma.
It may be premature to say that Dead City is the best spinoff in The Walking Dead universe, but if the first episode tells anything, viewers are in for one heck of a series.
The Walking Dead: Dead City episode 1
The first episode of The Walking Dead: Dead City is titled “Old Acquaintances,” written by showrunner Eli Jorné. This episode is directed by Loren Yaconelli, who has previously directed episodes of The Walking Dead and World Beyond, and Michael E. Satrazemis, known for directing TWD, Fear TWD, and Tales of TWD.
The synopsis for this episode reads: Maggie finds Negan, and they travel to Manhattan; a marshal named Armstrong follows Negan, meeting a quiet young girl named Ginny.