The Walking Dead Spin-Offs Fate Has Been Decided

By Robert Scucci | Updated

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The Walking Dead: Dead City

Just like the walkers in The Walking Dead universe, it’s clear that the franchise itself isn’t going to die off any time soon. According to Variety, the second-season renewal of spinoff series Dead City, and Daryl Dixon were both confirmed this past Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. This news came just two days before the first-season finale of Dead City.

And in the case of Daryl Dixon, we haven’t even seen the first season yet, as it’s slated to make its series premiere on September 10, 2023.

The Walking Dead: Dead City and the Daryl Dixon spin-off were announced to be renewed for season 2 at Comic-Con.

Based on both the critical and audience reception of The Walking Dead: Dead City’s first season, it’s a no-brainer that the series would be picked up for a second season. After its six-episode first-season run, it’s evident that Maggie and Negan have quite a bit of chemistry with a considerable amount of depth if you’re familiar with your Walking Dead lore.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, on the other hand, was renewed for its second season ahead of its series premiere, which is a bold move to say the least. But given the franchise’s timeline, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that this renewal is necessary for the storytelling that follows the original series in these spinoffs.

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The Walking Dead: Dead City

We know that Dead City takes place in New York City sometime around year 15, but as of this writing, the timeline for Daryl Dixon is still up for debate, though we know it takes place some time after the original series.

Though The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, starring Norman Reedus, follows its titular character after he washes ashore in France, we don’t know much more about the timeline and story arc as of at this point in time.

If both series end up taking place around the same time, then we could reasonably assume that Daryl Dixon’s story will eventually intersect with what’s happening stateside with Maggie and Negan.

It’s too soon to know for sure, but a second-season renewal ahead of a series premiere that may or may not be well-received suggests that we may very well see some sort of crossover in the future.

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The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon

Rick and Michonne

If that’s not enough of an update for you in regard to The Walking Dead franchise, then you’ll be absolutely thrilled to know that AMC also confirmed the premiere of the upcoming spinoff, entitled The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live.

This series will follow Rick Grimes and Michonne, and will be set after the conclusion of the original The Walking Dead series. A definitive premiere date has yet to be announced, but production for The Ones Who Live wrapped in May 2023, and we’re expecting a series premiere sometime in 2024.

As for the timeline of The Ones Who Live, Nerdist is running under the assumption that the chronology will be all over the place. In other words, if Rick and Michonne begin their adventure right after the original The Walking Dead timeline, then they’ll hit the ground running sometime in year 13.

Knowing that Dead City takes place in year 15, we wonder if these timelines will eventually align, or if we’ll be presented with a story that remains contained within its own insular setting.

At any rate, whether we witness shared continuity in all of The Walking Dead spinoffs or not, it’s safe to assume that we’re going to be served a healthy helping of the post-apocalyptic drama series that clearly has staying power for the foreseeable future, and we’re here for it.