A Guide to THE WALKING DEAD’s Upcoming Spinoffs

The Walking Dead is over but, as we know, the end of the flagship series that’s been in fans’ hearts for over a decade doesn’t mean this world is done. The show already has had four spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead, Tales of the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and The Walking Dead: Dead City, on TV. The latter, starring Maggie and Negan, is returning for a second season in the future.

That number is continuing to grow with shows to look forward to in the nearby future. This roster of Walking Dead spinoffs will continue to expand this world in interesting ways. So, what’s coming next? Let’s dig into what we know so far. 

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The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Will Take the Universe to France

First, we will start with the one we’ve known about since 2020. A Carol and Daryl Walking Dead spinoff was supposed to happen. But surprisingly, Variety confirmed that Melissa McBride, who plays Carol, left the show. So then we got The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, the show starring, well, Daryl Dixon. Daryl is a character who doesn’t even have a comic book counterpart. However, he’s grown to have just as much of a fandom, if not more, than Rick Grimes himself. He’s so popular, in fact, that this show has already been renewed for a second season before its debut!

But it apparently won’t just be Daryl Dixon because Melissa McBride will be in the series in some capacity. TVLine got hold of a behind-the-scenes photo of Carol and Daryl looking rather snazzy together. Of course, this could always be a dream sequence or something that doesn’t take place in real time. Fans will just have to wait and see.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon will hit AMC on September 10, less than two months after the conclusion of Maggie and Negan’s Dead City adventure. And it takes place in Paris of all places. Daryl will “wash ashore” in France after a string of bad decisions. He will end up crossing paths with nuns and going on an important mission with a kid named Laurent. Check out the action and gorgeous cinematography in The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon‘s first trailer:

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Norman Reedus affirms that this show will be very different from The Walking Dead. “It’s kind of a reset for me,” Reedus said. “Everything kind of breathes in a romantic way. We have the backdrop of France, we have the Catacombs, the Eiffel Tower… The whole vibe is different.”

And we certainly see that different vibe in these Daryl Dixon photos:

The Daryl spinoff will bring on ER‘s David Zabel as the showrunner. It will be Zabel’s first time stepping into The Walking Dead‘s universe. But he will have the guidance of Angela Kang, who will be the show’s executive producer. As we know, she helmed the flagship series for its last three seasons. Norman Reedus himself will also be a producer on the Daryl Dixon series.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon title card with Daryl floating in the middle of the ocean spinoff series

There are a couple of interesting new characters in the mix, according to Variety. Clémence Poésy will join the cast as Isabelle, a “member of a progressive religious group who joins forces with Daryl on a journey across France and finds herself confronting her dark past in Paris.” There’s also Adam Nagaitis who will portray Quinn, a “displaced Brit who has become powerful in post-apocalyptic Paris as a black marketeer and the owner of the Demimonde, a sexy underground nightclub.” Now he sounds super interesting.

What led to Daryl washing up in France? And just how important is this mission to the overall universe? We will get those answers next year. This will def rank high as one of the must-see Walking Dead spinoffs.

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live Will Bring Rick and Michonne Back in 2024

split image of rick grimes and michonne with red light on their faces for The Ones Who Live teaser trailer

The Walking Dead‘s final panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 gave us the biggest news of all: a Rick Grimes and Michonne series was coming soon. It will not debut until 2024, according to Danai Gurira’s interview with Self. But SDCC gave us so much to look forward to, revealing the show’s official title and a very short teaser starring the pair:

Here’s a breakdown of The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live:

This series presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation unlike any they’ve ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead The Ones Who Live title card

The name of this Rick and Michonne series should be familiar to fans. Rick first said the phrase “we are the ones who live” back in season five while chatting with Deanna about his group. And, we heard Richonne as well as many other characters say that phrase in The Walking Dead‘s finale episode. So it holds a lot of significance to Rick and Michonne’s individual and collective journeys.

We certainly can’t wait to see Rick and Michonne together again and it won’t be long because they are done filming.

There’s also some casting news. Per Deadline, Lucifer alumna Lesley-Ann Brandt will portray Pearl Thorne. Details about that character are currently unknown. But we do know that Andrew and Danai are officially back on set and filming again. The Walking Dead‘s Twitter page gave us two photos, including one of the pair holding hands. It may not seem like much to some people but for us Richonne lovers, it truly means the world.

During a Walking Dead preview, Gimple warns us that we will see “Red Machete Rick” again. Remember him? He was the one with the brown murder jacket who was a lot unhinged around seasons five and six. This is probably not a good thing but if anyone can bring him back to normal, it is Michonne. We get a glimpse of Rick in The Walking Dead‘s final episode and he looks like hell. But that scene is from the past so he’s presumably in an even worse state at this point. And, there’s also Michonne with her new gear, braving the world alone. Love to see it. Will their show end with an Alexandria reunion? We hope so.

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So there you have it. A lot is happening in The Walking Dead universe and there will surely be more details about these spinoffs as well as new announcements. The show that won hearts is bowing out but there’s plenty left to explore in the land of the dead, so let’s keep walking right towards these spinoffs.

Originally published on April 7, 2022.

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