The Walking Dead: Dead City – Release date, cast, plot & trailer

Eleni Thomas
Maggie and Negan face off in The Walking Dead: Dead City

With The Walking Dead: Dead City’s premiere looming closer and closer, here’s everything you need to know about it, including its release date, cast, plot, and trailer.

With the flagship series The Walking Dead finally having come to an end after 12 years on the air, the greater Walking Dead universe is set to expand with multiple spin-off shows in the works.

One such show is The Walking Dead: Dead City, a series that will pair two of the most popular characters together as they continue on their journey.

Ahead of its release, we’ve rounded up all the information we can find about it here.

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The Walking Dead: Dead City release date: When does it come out?

The Walking Dead: Dead City will premiere on June 15, 2023 on AMC+ and then again on June 18, 2023 on the regular AMC network.

AMC announced this Wednesday that they will give their AMC+ subscribers the opportunity to watch the series premiere of The Walking Dead: Dead City three days ahead of its network premiere date. All you have to do is subscribe to their platform for $6.99 a month.

AMC+ members will be able to stream all six of the series’ episodes every Thursday while the AMC network will air the same episodes live every Sunday starting on June 18, 2023.

The Walking Dead: Dead City cast: Who’s in it?

The Walking Dead: Dead City will focus on two long-standing Walking Dead characters Maggie Rhee and Negan Smith. Maggie, played by Lauren Cohan, joined The Walking Dead in Season 2 and has been a central character ever since.

Jeffery Dean Morgan’s Negan arrived during the final episode of Season 6, and while he was first brought in as a villain, the character has evolved and redeemed himself in the subsequent seasons of the show. 

However, it appears that the two main characters will still be butting heads in the new spinoffs. Recently leaked behind-the-scenes images showcase a potential fight between the two, in which Maggie stabs Negan before the latter throws Maggie off a building and into a herd of Walkers.

The pair will probably have a lot of emotionally loaded interactions as Negan is the reason why Maggie’s husband, Glenn, was murdered in The Walking Dead. Glenn was a fan-favorite character who Negan bludgeoned to death with Lucille, his barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat, at the beginning of Season 7.

With a dynamic that intense and fragile, it could feel almost impossible to get right, but Dead City’s spin-off’s creator and showrunner Eli Jorné isn’t afraid of their fraught relationship — in fact, he’s embraced it. In an interview with SFX Magazine, Jorné explained that he didn’t feel “saddled” with Maggie and Negan’s relationship, he actually felt the opposite.

“I was like, ‘This is the show!’,” Jorné said in the interview, “When Glenn was killed, that was hard, obviously, when it’s a beloved character who dies. But to me, the flip side of that was that this universe is going to tell the story of what happens when you lose someone that way. Not just for the person who lost him, but the person who did it.” 

Joining Maggie and Negan on this journey are the following confirmed cast members and characters:

  • Gaius Charles as Perlie Armstrong
  • Željko Ivanek as The Croat
  • Jonathan Higginbotham as Tommaso
  • Mahina Napoleon as Ginny
  • Trey Santiago-Hudson as Jano
  • Karine Ortiz as Amaia

The Walking Dead: Dead City plot: What is it about?

Dead City will pick up two years after the finale of The Walking Dead and will focus on Maggie and Negan as they travel through the city of Manhattan, a location that has yet to be explored throughout any of the shows. The series synopsis reads: “The series follows Maggie and Negan traveling into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan cut off from the mainland in search of Maggie’s kidnapped son, Hershel. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror.”

Dead City will also include some of the scariest walkers in TWD universe. In an interview with Collider, showrunner Eli Jorne explained that the show’s walkers scared him, stating: “There are a number of horrific walkers, but there is a mind-bendingly horrific walker coming up that I wasn’t on set for, and I’m glad I wasn’t. It quite possibly will make you throw up. I would just have something handy nearby, as you watch it.”

Is there a The Walking Dead: Dead City trailer?

The trailer for The Walking Dead: Dead City released earlier in 2023. Check it out below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b-b4rvLJmI

The trailer provides an insight into the state of Manhattan, a location that appears to be even more overrun with walkers as the rest of the world. Maggie and Negan quickly link up as Maggie needs his help to rescue her son from a man with a vendetta against Negan.

And, if that isn’t bad enough, the pair have to face off with hoards of walkers in a more tightly packed area and, in a horrifying twist at the end of the trailer, a walker has fused with other walkers to make a more terrifying super walker. The Walking Dead: Dead City is sure to remind fans why the series was so revered in the first place.

The Walking Dead: Dead City premieres on AMC+ on June 15 and on the AMC Network on June 18. In the meantime, you can check out our other TV & movie hubs below:

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