The Walking Dead Universe : A Beginner’s Guide to Every Spin-Off Project in the Ever-Expanding
The popular AMC series The Walking Dead has ended after more than ten seasons of violence, walkers, allies, and adversaries. I guess, sort of. Since its debut in 2010, the post-apocalyptic series about sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who awakens from a coma to discover that the world has been overrun by zombies (referred to on the show as “walkers”), has seen significant development. Conversely, some foes we couldn’t wait to get rid of overstayed their welcome while other characters we adored either died too soon or left the series. We observed characters fall in and out of love, ponder their role in the new world, and do everything in their power to survive.
The horror series, which is based on Robert Kirkman’s similarly named graphic books, has generated a number of spin-off projects that are now in various stages of development and continues to enjoy immense popularity. With the web series Torn Apart, which chronicled Hannah, the eerie bicycle-walker hybrid Rick killed in the pilot, the first side stories were introduced in 2011.
Then, in advance of Season 3 of the flagship series, came Cold Storage, which told the tale of a man on the verge of death who is searching for his sister, The Oath, which looked into the individuals responsible for the infamous “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” warning, and 2017’s Red Machete, which revealed the history of Rick’s red machete, which Gareth had come to know all too well. Heck, Chris Hardwick hosts an aftershow aptly named Talking Dead that delves deeply into each episode with the cast, the writers, and special guests.
Our eventual “goodbyes” seem more like “see you laters” as AMC tends to announce new spin-off projects or updates on the several ongoing ones every day. So smear some walker guts all over yourself. It’s time to explore The Walking Dead’s constantly expanding world.
The Walking Dead: Fear (2015 – Present)
With the release of Fear the Walking Dead in 2015, we first got a true taste of a spin-off. The first three seasons take set in Los Angeles, California, and begin before the apocalypse, as opposed to Atlanta, Georgia, in the midst of the chaos. The viewer is able to observe a family dealing with the difficulties that come with being human, not killing dead ones, with tragic irony on full show.
The show is centred on high school guidance counsellor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), who is raising her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and drug-addicted son Nick while living with her fiancé Travis (Cliff Curtis) (Frank Dillane). As the title suggests, terror once more consumes their regular lives as more and more people nearby get ill with this enigmatic disease.
Season 4 somewhat flips the script. The remaining cast members and any stragglers they picked up along the way meet Morgan Jones (Lennie James), a character with whom Rick Grimes and The Walking Dead viewers have a troubled relationship. For better or worse, he brings to his new crew his experience and shady history.
In Season 5, a further recognisable, if terribly charred, face enters the cast. Dwight (Austin Amelio), formerly Negan’s right-hand man, joins the gang after being ejected by Rick in The Walking Dead. The spin-off also features three web-based spin-offs of its own, including Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462, Fear the Walking Dead: Passage, and The Althea Tapes, as if that weren’t enough.
The eighth season of Fear the Walking Dead, which will debut in 2023 and also features Jenna Elfman, Colman Domingo, and Mo Collins, was just renewed.
The Walking Dead : The Outside (2020 – 2021)
It’s a little simpler to understand The Walking Dead: World Beyond (or at least quicker). This two-season limited series, which was created by Scott M. Gimple and Matthew Negrete, is set in Nebraska ten years after the end of the world and follows the first generation to mature in this strange, perplexing, and dangerous new world. All they have ever known is blood, intestines, and walkers, and it’s likely all they will ever know. Iris Bennett (Aliyah Royale), who is interested in science, her risk-taking sister Hope (Alexa Mansour), the dangerous and morally dubious Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston), and inquisitive 15-year-old Elton Ortiz make up the show’s core four teenagers (Nicolas Cantu).
Season 2 of The Walking Dead: World Beyond may contain some answers if you’re still puzzling over where Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) took Rick in that helicopter in Season 9, Episode 5 titled, “What Comes After.” When the bridge explosion that almost killed our favourite sheriff occurred, Jadis was in touch with an organisation called as the Civic Republic. (In actuality, Rick was saved by their helicopter.) Jadis is now a member of their team that is attempting to reassemble for the future, according to Season 2 of World Beyond. Possibly one of the first survivors to taste their new serum, Rick could be seen nearby.
Telling Tales of the Dead (2022)
The series Tales of the Walking Dead is comprised of six stand-alone episodes that centre on a distinct group of both old and new people in the original world of The Walking Dead. It was created by Channing Powell, who has experience working on both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. The most remarkable cast in the franchise to date is included in this anthology series, which stars Olivia Munn, Parker Posey, Terry Crews, Jillian Bell, Poppy Liu, and Anthony Edwards.
Rick and Michonne’s Untitled Spin-Off Series (TBD 2023)
It’s almost time to get back together with Grimes. When it was announced that Andrew Lincoln, who had portrayed the show’s protagonist Rick Grimes for nine seasons, would be departing the cast, fans were inconsolable. In classic Rick form, his last episode showed him putting his life in danger for the people he cared about. Thankfully, Rick managed to escape the bridge explosion and was picked up by Jadis’ chopper before being transported to an unidentified destination.
Since Rick was taken away, a lot has changed for our remaining characters, and frankly, the flagship series was never the same. Fans have, however, clung to the rumours of a Rick Grimes comeback for a long time. Lincoln initially agreed to a three-picture contract to play Rick in the first The Walking Dead films, which were slated to be released in in theatres and were supposed to centre on Rick’s location after that bonanza bridge incident.
But during a surpise appearance at the San Diego Comic Con in 2022, Lincoln and Danai Gurira (who plays another fan favourite Michonne) informed the excited fans of the significant changes that had taken place behind the scenes. The two leads of a new programme that will continue their journey among the dead as they reflect on what they have been through both together and apart will replace the Rick-centric film trilogy.
They also became lovers later in the series. Unsurprisingly, the two made a brief appearance in The Walking Dead’s series finale, maybe giving fans a preview of what to expect from their own programme. Executive producing along with the projected return of the character Jadis is Gurira and Lincoln, who have become increasingly invested in the growth of their respective characters.
The pre-production television show is scheduled to premiere in 2023.
Dead City from The Walking Dead (April 2023)
Negan and Maggie travel to Manhattan? The Walking Dead: Dead City (formerly known as Isle of the Dead), one of three spin-off series for The Walking Dead that have been confirmed, will star the unlikely pair of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) in a six-episode run. Fans of the original series are well aware that the relationship between Negan and Maggie did not start out well after Negan viciously beat Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Maggie’s husband, to death with Lucille, Negan’s barbed-wire-laced baseball bat.
Maggie had been hating Negan’s guts ever since that horrifying incident. However, as the show went on, spectators saw the two survivors sort of reverse roles. While Maggie has become more ruthless due to her scars from the past and worries about the future, Negan has gradually become a more laid-back and level-headed person. The foundations for a successful story about the two rivals were placed in The Walking Dead’s final season, when both characters discovered they have more in common than they’d want to acknowledge. The precise route they take to get to New York City is still a mystery.
A release date of April 2023 has been set for The Walking Dead: Dead City, which began filming in New York and New Jersey in October 2022.
Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead (TBD 2023)
When it was revealed that Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus, would be starring in a spin-off series opposite Melissa McBride’s fierce Carol, fans were ecstatic. These two might just be the best acting duo on the show, whether they’re sharing condolences over the deaths of loved ones or throwing acorns into a rusty tin can. Tragically, the project underwent a significant shift to Europe, rendering the shoot “logistically impossible” for McBride.
Carol, though, is always welcome to return, according to AMC, which stated in a statement that Melissa McBride “has brought life to one of the most interesting, real, human, and beloved characters in The Walking Dead Universe… Fans will be disappointed by this revelation, but The Walking Dead Universe keeps expanding in intriguing ways, and we sincerely hope to see Carol again soon.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, the new Dixon series created by Angela Kang, will take us to France, where no TWD character has ever been before. A lot of the series’ details are yet unknown. How in the world did Daryl cross the Atlantic, and why? Do walkers behave differently in other countries? Will any additional well-known actors join the cast? Is Daryl going to get a haircut? Will he be able to have some delectable pastries at least? Do walkers have French accents when they growl?
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, which also features Adam Nagaitis and Clémence Poésy, is scheduled to debut in 2023.