Melissa McBride, who plays Carol on The Walking Dead, has dropped out of the highly anticipated Daryl and Carol spinoff. The spinoff was one of several planned for The Walking Dead universe. At the moment, it doesn’t appear that the spinoff is canceled. Instead, it will only feature Norman Reedus’ Daryl.
McBride Dropped Out Because the Series Is Filming in Europe
Fans may be surprised to learn that the spinoff was going to be filmed in Europe this summer, with a premiere set for next year, EW reported. It’s not clear how Daryl and Carol were going to end up in Europe. There has been no word of the other planned spinoffs taking place in other countries. But McBride couldn’t work out the schedule required for filming overseas, and had to leave the show.
An AMC spokesperson told EW: “Melissa McBride has given life to one of the most interesting, real, human and popular characters in The Walking Dead Universe. Unfortunately, she is no longer able to participate in the previously announced spin-off focused on the Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier characters, which will be set and filmed in Europe this summer and premiere next year. Relocating to Europe became logistically untenable for Melissa at this time. We know fans will be disappointed by this news, but The Walking Dead Universe continues to grow and expand in interesting ways and we very much hope to see Carol again in the near future.”
So this isn’t the end of Carol’s possible involvement in The Walking Dead universe, but it is the definitive end of her character being part of the spinoff. It looks like the spinoff itself is still happening, however.
Apparently, AMC is already discussing how to get Carol back into the universe, even if it’s not in this spinoff.
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The Walking Dead’s showrunner Angela Kang had previously said that the spinoff would be “tonally fresh” and involve the characters “on a different journey” while they’re in a “different stage of their lives.” She said it was going to be more of a “road show.”
Reedus had previously told TheWrap about the series: “I think it’s gonna be a very different look, a very different show, a very different feel.”
More Spinoffs Are Still Planned
And there are still more spinoffs planned for the series.
Maggie and Negan will star in a new series called Isle of the Dead.
An anthology series called Tales of The Walking Dead is also in the works.
And of course, we’re still waiting on those Rick Grimes movies. And there was mention of a Walking Dead comedy series too.