Are you a The Walking Dead fan? If you are, expect an epic year in 2021. Just like the zombies on the show, AMC hopes the undead-drama will roar back to life this year, after a disappointing 2020. So grab a pen and mark down these dates on your calendar!
2021 Is The Year Of The Walking Dead
As you might expect, the coronavirus pandemic hit the Walking Dead hard, just like it did most of Hollywood. Delays in production due to COVID pushed release dates, episode recordings, everything. So, it’s not hard to see why AMC wants the franchise to come back with a vengeance in 2021. Now, the channel has finally revealed its plans!
Everything will kick off with the last six episodes of the Walking Dead‘s tenth season, which will begin airing on February 28. Immediately afterward, Talking Dead, the Dead discussion show, will air right after new episodes. This year, the talk show will make the jump to streaming, heading to AMC’s website instead of the channel. Of course, that’s just the start of an incredible year for the world’s biggest zombie franchise. Later on, in the spring of 2021, Fear of the Walking Dead, the hit prequel show, will start airing episodes of its sixth season. Then, in summer or early fall, the sequel program, Walking Dead: World Beyond will launch its second season.
All of this incredible entertainment will lead to what fans are waiting for the most: the 11th season of The Walking Dead, which AMC will debut in fall of this year. For those that don’t already know, the channel recently confirmed that the 11th season will be the show’s last. However, do not worry: the universe will remain, just like the zombies within…
The End Of A Show, The Birth Of A Universe
Sadly for fans, The Walking Dead will end in 2022 with the end of its 11th season, while Walking Dead: World Beyond has always been planned as a two-series show. However, not only will Fear of the Walking Dead continues, but AMC has massive plans for the universe. Next up are three films focusing on the character of Rick Grimes, as well as a “spinoff starring fan favorites Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride in their roles as Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier.”
Incredibly, the plans do not end there! AMC is also hard at work developing the Tales of The Walking Dead anthology series. According to industry insiders, Tales will “likely focus on individual characters from the expanding ‘Deadverse,’ both new and old.” The chief content officer behind the entire Dead Universe, Scott M. Gimple, compares the company’s plans to that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – somewhat. “Marvel is… I say this as a fan. I haven’t been in on the meetings but it’s like their whole next chapter, it’s a whole new thing. It’s gonna be all these new faces,” he explained. “With Walking Dead, it’s a mix.”
Still, Gimple knows there’s one significant hurdle ahead: not over-saturating fans with too much content. “We’re not over-saturating people with it, but letting people have a steady flow of The Walking Dead in their lives. That’s our goal. We want that to be both very different and then some of those familiar faces,” he said. Will this plan work, or could he face the same over-saturation problems the Star Wars universe did? Only time will tell! For the time being, though, fans are happy to remain with AMC’s plans!