Many die-hard fans of The Walking Dead were impressed with The Walking Dead: Dead City spinoff featuring Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The longtime enemies were forced to work together to rescue Maggie’s son Hershel (Logan Kim), her father’s namesake, from the clutches of the Dama (Lisa Emery), a cruel and brutal woman wreaking havoc in apocalyptic Manhattan.
The series did a fantastic job keeping a familiar Walking Dead feel while reinventing TWDU. Details of Maggie and Negan’s lives before the beginning of Dead City gave much insight to the characters, who have never been friendly but realize the need for one another assistance.
Dead City was an amazing continuation of these characters’ stories while also introducing many newcomers worth getting to know.
Did Dead City make The Walking Dead universe better?
By 2024, TWDU will consist of seven series, including the flagship. At the time, Dead City had the highest-ranking viewership on AMC+; this was beaten by the next series, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon.
- The shorter season allowed for a focused storyline. Many fans were disappointed with the six-season premiere season, but the episode count is something carried through on all TWDU premiere seasons.
- That Walker King set the bar very high for future creates within the universe. In the fifth episode of Dead City, Maggie comes in contact with a huge walker made up of several walkers. Cool stuff like this keeps The Walking Dead universe at the forefront of TV shows.
- Introducing a character from Negan’s past was a brilliant way to tie the new series to the old. Just when viewers thought they knew all about Negan, another chapter of his past was opened.
- New villains. It appeared that The Croat (Željko Ivanek) was the new villain, with his dead bodies making methane to create fuel; it would be revealed that the Dama (Lisa Emery) is actually the one in charge. She is a much worse villain, who appears devout to her cause and takes Herhsel’s toe as a reminder about what she can do.
- Dead City also shows a significant focus on the younger generation, which is the future. This is an intelligent move that allows the story to move further.
Fans enjoyed this series, and AMC has renewed for a second season. There have been no announcements regarding the production of the second season of Dead City.