AMC Studios has announced an end to the zombie series to end all zombie series. After 12 years on the air and 11 seasons, The Walking Dead will conclude in late 2022, after it winds through an epic 24-episode final season over the course of two years.
The Walking Dead is currently in the middle of its 10th season, with a season finale postponed after production was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AMC will air that finale, “A Certain Doom,” on Oct. 4, with six new additional Season 10 episodes to come in early 2021. New teen-focused spinoff series The Walking Dead: World Beyond will air right after “A Certain Doom” in October, and prequel series Fear the Walking Dead is set to continue with its sixth season this year.
Speaking of spinoffs, even as AMC announced the end of the core Walking Dead series, it announced two new spinoffs. Current TWD showrunner Angela Kang will take on a new series focused on Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride’s Carol Peletier, to premiere in 2023. The network is also developing Tales of the Walking Dead with chief content otfficer of “The Walking Dead” Universe, Scott M. Gimple. According to a news release, it will be an anthology series “focused on new or existing characters, backstories or other stand-alone experiences.”
The ending of The Walking Dead will have some big boots to fill if it wants to be as shocking as the ending of the original Walking Dead comic. Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard rocked the comics world with a stealth final issue, going so far as to pretend to be writing several months more comics than they actually were. Fans didn’t realize they were reading the last issue of the series until they finished it.