Film and TV show productions have come to a screeching halt ever since Hollywood writers and actors went on strike earlier this year. However, not even a strike can stop the walkers in The Walking Dead TV show franchise. AMC Networks has made an agreement with SAG-AFTRA to allow The Walking Dead spinoff shows Daryl Dixon and The Ones Who Live, along with Interview with the Vampire, to continue production, according to Deadline.
AMC worked out a deal with SAG-AFTRA, agreeing to union demands, for three of the network’s flagship shows.
While the agreement’s details have not been disclosed, we know that it only allows AMC to work on The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live, and Interview with the Vampire. The rest of AMC’s production slate is still on hiatus because of the strikes.
The first season of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon will premiere its first episode on September 10, 2023, and it will be followed by five more episodes over the subsequent weeks. The spinoff TV show will focus on a long-time fan-favorite character, Norman Reedus’s Daryl Dixon, as he travels through a post-apocalyptic France, trying to figure out how he got there in the first place and how he plans to get back home to Georgia.
Now that SAG-AFTRA has okayed production, the filming of Season 2 will begin in Europe.
The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live is the sixth spinoff in the ever-growing franchise, and it is set to premiere in 2024. Most of the filming for the six-episode series was completed earlier this year, but additional filming and post-production work needs to be done before it can air on AMC.
The Walking Dead is the largest franchise to be granted a waiver from SAG-AFTRA.
The Ones Who Live will bring back Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira as Rick Grimes and Michonne, respectively. It will follow their love story as they attempt to find each other in a lonely world overrun by walkers. As they travel to find one another, they both wonder if they will make it in time and if their love is strong enough to withstand the evil around them.
The AMC TV show Interview with the Vampire, which is not a spinoff of The Walking Dead, will continue production on its second season. The gothic horror show that is based on the 1976 novel by Anne Rice started filming in Prague back in July, but it had to pause due to the strikes. The second season of the hit show will star BAssad Zaman, Jacob Anderson, Delainey Hayles, Sam Reid, and Eric Bogosian among others.
The next Walking Dead spinoff, Daryl Dixon, arrives on September 10, but filming of Season 2 will soon be udnerway.
The new agreement between AMC and SAG-AFTRA gives some hope that the strike will end soon. Three other shows (The Chosen; Apple TV+’s Tehran, and Hal and Harper) were also able to come to an agreement so that they could continue production.
While fans of The Walking Dead get to watch new episodes of their TV shows, others will likely have to wait for the strikes to end to (hopefully) see new episodes from their favorite shows.