AMC hit it BIG with The Walking Dead, the post-apocalyptic horror show that took the phrase "zombie apocalypse" to new heights, from comic books to your TV. Since its debut in 2010, the show has set records for cable TV viewers and became the most successful scripted show in the history of cable television. It also made zombie costumes even more popular for Halloween.
The current season, Season 10, has had production halted at times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is rather ironic considering the show's been focusing on another kind of pandemic the whole time. The Season 10 finale will air October 4th; after that, AMC has announced that Season 11 will be the final one for the show. Expanded to 24 episodes plus six bonus episodes that will early next year, the long last season will finish up in late 2022. (Got that straight? Heck, I'm not even sure I do!)
However, we've learned from the show that when you're dead, you're not necessarily dead, right? The franchise of The Walking Dead will live on.
According to Entertainment Weekly, AMC has greenlit a spin-off of The Walking Dead focused on Norman Reedus’ Daryl and Melissa McBride’s Carol scheduled to debut in 2023. Another new series is also in the works, titled Tales of the Walking Dead. It was described as “an episodic anthology with individual episodes or arcs of episodes focused on new or existing characters, backstories or other stand-alone experiences.”
Yes, even though the original will soon (kind of) die off, The Walking Dead franchise is just going to get more interesting. And zombie-like. Stay tuned.