The Walking Dead may be about to close out on AMC with Season 11, sparking a new spinoff with Daryl Dixon.
The popular show has been recording tremendous ratings in Season 10, even without its lead character Rick Grimes – played by Andrew Lincoln – who bowed out in Season 9.
Since that time, the likes of Daryl, Michonne, and others have been left to lead the pack in their fight against the Whisperers.
Now, the Season 10 finale hasn’t even been shown yet, with it set for an October 4 release, and a huge leak that has now been confirmed has revealed TWD will end in Season 11.
Walking Dead Season 11 confirmed to be final season
On September 9, gaming website IGN posted a graphic — that was very quick deleted — that alluded to the show’s demise.
A short while later, a new tweet from IGN confirmed that the show’s 11th season will be its last, and that a spinoff series focused on Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier will be premiering in 2023.
Daryl Dixon spinoff series coming
The show’s co-creator Angela Kang made it clear that the new series will likely feel a lot like a TWD piece, confirming that she and executive producer Scott Gimple will be keeping the story going. “The Walking Dead flagship series has been my creative home for a decade and so it’s bittersweet to bring it to an end,” she said, “but I could not be more excited to be working with Scott Gimple and AMC to develop a new series for Daryl and Carol.”
When Rick Grimes left the other survivors to their own devices, fans would have been expecting a heroic return. We might still get that, but the bigger picture for the franchise’s top TV show looks to be at risk.
Of course, there is no new information yet on what’s to come in the spinoff series, but it’s worth remembering that a Rick Grimes movie is also in the works, so the Walking Dead universe is very far from reaching its demise just yet.
The Walking Dead Season 10 finale airs on October 4.