The Walking Dead: What the future of the zombie franchise will look like after the series ends

The Walking Dead: What the future of the zombie franchise will look like after the series ends
The Walking Dead: What the future of the zombie franchise will look like after the series ends

With 11 seasons, 12 years and more than 160 episodes, The Walking Dead is coming to an end. The zombie series comes to a close with the final chapters of the eleventh year, airing this Sunday (2), on Star+. But don’t even think that the living dead will leave the small screen so soon, because the story will continue in the five derivatives already confirmed, including classic characters from the original series.


To organize the zombie apocalypse, we have gathered all the derivative productions of The Walking Dead universe, with all the information already confirmed and the possible connections between each plot. Check them out:

The Walking Dead: World Beyond (2020-2021)

Before we get started for real, a mention of World Beyond is necessary, because the series should dictate important paths for the future of The Walking Dead on the small screens. With two seasons, the production introduced a new group of survivors in the apocalypse, but the real gold is the unprecedented look at the mysterious CRM organization. If you don’t remember, they were the ones who rescued the hero Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) from death, and they have been responsible for the protagonist’s vanishing tea party since 2018.


Another important factor is the study of zombies, which may lead to more revelations about how and why the apocalypse occurred, and also the arrival of evolved living dead, able to run, open doors, etc… that will be part of the already confirmed future plots.

World Beyond is available in the Brazilian Amazon Prime Video catalog.


Fear The Walking Dead (2015-present)

Airing since 2015, the series underwent a major revamp in 2018, with the arrival of Morgan (Lennie James), coming from the original series. Since then, the plot has been addressing, between hits and stumbles, the character’s journey across the USA.

With the end of The Walking Dead, the natural movement is that Fear becomes the “main” series of the zombie universe. The series returns with an eighth season in 2023, bringing the return of protagonist Madison (Kim Dickens) after a 4-year absence. For now, Fear is still set a few years before the current timeline of The Walking Dead, but nothing prevents a time jump, right?

Fear The Walking Dead is shown in Brazil on the paid channel AMC.

Tales of The Walking Dead (2022)

2022 came full of news with Tales of The Walking Dead. In anthology format, the series brought six different stories set in the universe of the franchise. AMC also freed up the coffers by bringing in big names like Terry Crews, Parker Posey, Anthony Edwards, and Olivia Munn for the cast.

At first, most of the stories in the first season are standalones, but the third chapter, focusing on the villain Alpha (Samantha Morton), serves as a prelude to the ninth season of The Walking Dead.

Tales of The Walking Dead is not yet confirmed to be shown in Brazil.

The Walking Dead: Dead City (2023)

Now we have arrived in uncharted territory. Already in the filming process, Dead City will have fan favorites Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) venturing into a desolate New York City.

While the existence of the series is already a major spoiler (that the two will survive the end of TWD), the plot could yield an interesting dynamic with the hesitant trust born between the characters. To refresh your memory, Negan was responsible for the violent death of Glenn (Steven Yeun), Maggie’s husband, in season seven.

Other cast members have not yet been confirmed, but the series is scheduled to premiere in 2023.

The Walking Dead: Daryl (2023)

Another one who will also live to get a series of his own is the wacky Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus). Although it was also promised for 2023, the production went through some setbacks with Melissa McBride’s departure from the cast. The Carol actress was to co-star in the plot, but opted out, probably causing a complete rewrite of the scripts.

Anyway, the series is still confirmed, and promises to really expand The Walking Dead universe, since the character will somehow end up in France. This is also an important connection to World Beyond, which had already shown a French research center attacked by the new generation of zombies.

The Walking Dead: Rick & Michonne (no date)

After 5 years, the man, the myth, the legend is back. Andrew Lincoln finally returns as Rick Grimes for a miniseries of his own, and with Michonne (Danai Gurira) as well.

The series was announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and will replace the trilogy of movies originally promised for the hero. Not that fans will be disappointed, since the six episodes will take about the same time as three movies.

The plot should finally shed some light on what happened to Rick after he was taken by the CRM people, and Michonne’s search for her beloved. Moving into the realm of theories, is this “The” real finale of The Walking Dead universe? With Rick reunited with the entire original surviving group, including little Judith (Cailey Fleming)?

The miniseries still has no confirmed premiere date. Although it has only six confirmed episodes, the producers are not ruling out more seasons.

While waiting for the final countdown to the last episodes of the series, you can enjoy reading the comics that inspired the series. The collection is available in 32 volumes, published between 2003 and 2019. All have Brazilian publication by Panini. All eleven seasons of the TV series are available on Star+.

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She is the editor of The Desk Game. Previously, she was editor-in-chief at other news sites. Juliana has also in her career been an editor for several websites and has more than 5 years of experience in the industry.

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