The Walking Dead is finally coming to an end on AMC. Kind of. As reported by Skybound, the network is ending the hit zombie series in 2022. Season 10 is set to wrap up next year following an unexpected delay brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. An extended season 11 will air in 2022, which will serve as the end of the long-running show. But AMC will continue the franchise with two new spin-offs.
“It’s been ten years gone bye; what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that,” Walking Dead Universe head Scott M. Gimple said. “What’s clear is that this show has been about the living, made by a passionate cast, team of writer/producers, producers, and crew, bringing to life the vision put forth by Robert Kirkman in his brilliant comic — and supported by the best fans in the world. We have a lot of thrilling story left to tell on TWD, and then, this end will be a beginning of more Walking Dead — brand new stories and characters, familiar faces and places, new voices, and new mythologies. This will be a grand finale that will lead to new premieres. Evolution is upon us. ‘The Walking Dead’ lives.”
“I look forward to digging in with our brilliant writers, producers, directors, cast and crew to bring this epic final chapter of Robert Kirkman’s story to life for our fans over the next two years,” showrunner Angela Kang said. “‘The Walking Dead’ flagship series has been my creative home for a decade and so it’s bittersweet to bring it to an end, but I could not be more excited to be working with Scott Gimple and AMC to develop a new series for Daryl and Carol. Working with Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride has been a highlight of my career and I’m thrilled that we get to keep telling stories together.”
AMC will continue the franchise with a pair of spinoffs. The company also announced two different spin-offs that are in development. The first will center on Daryl and Carol, with a second anthology series titled Tales From the Walking Dead in the works as well. Kang is set to head up the Daryl and Carol spin-off. Gimple developed the show alongside Kang. Gimple is also working on the anthology series.
The Walking Dead is based on Robert Kirkman’s series from Image Comics. It first debuted in 2010 and quickly became one of the biggest shows on cable. Fear the Walking Dead, the first spin-off, is entering its sixth season. Meanwhile, a limited series, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, will begin airing in October. The show will last two seasons.
The Walking Dead returns with a one-off special on October 4, which was originally intended as the season 10 finale.