AMC has confirmed that Melissa McBride, who played Carol in The Walking Dead, will no longer be part of the planned Carol-Daryl spinoff series. The series will instead pivot to focus on Norman Reedus’s character Daryl.
“Melissa McBride has given life to one of the most interesting, real, human and popular characters in The Walking Dead Universe,” AMC said in a statement. “Unfortunately, she is no longer able to participate in the previously announced spin-off focused on the Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier characters, which will be set and filmed in Europe this summer and premiere next year. Relocating to Europe became logistically untenable for Melissa at this time. We know fans will be disappointed by this news, but The Walking Dead Universe continues to grow and expand in interesting ways and we very much hope to see Carol again in the near future.”
The final season of The Walking Dead is set to conclude later this year. Other spinoffs currently in the works include a New York City-set series called Isle of the Dead and an anthology called Tales of the Walking Dead.
The as-yet-untitled Daryl-focused spinoff is slated to arrive in 2023.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)