The Walking Dead is coming to an end with this 11th and final season, but we all know that the story will go on through spin-off TV shows, movies, and anything else AMC can cook up while the iron’s hot. But word from star Norman Reedus hints that the in-production Daryl/Carol show will be something very different than we’re used to.
“I think it’s gonna be a very different look, a very different show, a very different feel,” Reedus told TheWrap.
The upcoming show featuring Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is just one of the many spin-offs planned for The Walking Dead’s post-apocalyptic zombie universe in the next few years.
Only 1 thing survived 11 seasons of TWD: the relationship of Daryl Dixon & Carol Peletier. It wasn’t easy, & they weathered a lot of storms to become stronger together. I am so eager to see how the most beautiful & lasting story of the show plays out in the final season & beyond. pic.twitter.com/oAHuZ6qFXr
— Jennnn (@ZedWordJen) August 12, 2021
Other planned works include Tales of the Walking Dead, a Scott-Gimple-developed episodic anthology that will flesh out arcs from characters that didn’t get a chance to be explained in great detail during the main show; a trilogy of movies centered around Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln); another season of Fear the Walking Dead; and a wrap-up to the young-adult-focused World Beyond series.
“It’s been ten years gone bye; what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that,” Gimple told TheWrap. “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.”
Reedus didn’t elaborate any more on details for his featured spin-off, but we do know that this final season of TWD will lay some groundwork for that show. You may remember the two characters, who have been a team since the first season, having quite a dispute in Season 10, so it will be interesting to see how everything comes together in Season 11.
“Part of the story of this final season, or the beginning of, well, 11A, is that residual friction. There’s just such a great deal to be done in the communities, and we’re just kind of out doing our thing and not really having to address what happened,” Melissa McBride said. “We’re just doing our thing because it’s what we do, and we don’t want to talk about it right now.”
But surviving an apocalypse together for 11 years helps people just cope with those little fights much easier. You have disagreements and you move on because there’s that whole survival thing to worry about.
“These two are just so loyal to one another that anything could happen,” McBride continued. “They don’t have to say everything to one another. There’s just a great unspoken understanding between the two of them and a loyalty that doesn’t have to be explained or justified.
“It’s just cool. And it’s what I love about them. And I hope it always stays that way.”