The Walking Dead is ending.
But in true Walker fashion, the series’ conclusion will be a slow, extended thing leading to even more terror. As Variety reports, the program will conclude with its eleventh season — which will take another two years to produce and air — before leading into (another) spinoff centered on Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride). It’s clear the Walking Dead universe is still important to AMC even if its flagship show is heading toward sunset.
Season 11 will be 24 episodes spread across the 2021 and 2022 broadcast seasons. But thanks to an expansion of Season 10, an additional 30 episodes await fans of the long running zombie series. The original Season 10 finale will air on October 4th.
Meanwhile, the Walking Dead universe is already buffered by two spinoffs, Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and an upcoming feature film a series which will continue to the story of former lead character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). An anthology series, Tales of the Walking Dead, is also in development.
That’s a lot of Walking Dead to watch in the decade ahead.
Details on the Daryl and Carol spinoff are, of course, quite scarce. But it is easy to imagine they will leave the familiar Virginia environs for a new locale and face new challenges in the Walker reality. After all, isn’t that what makes the Walking Dead so malleable and continuous?