We’ve had Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the upcoming Tales of the Walking Dead, and an as-yet-untitled series centring around the characters of Carol and Daryl. Now, yet another spinoff of AMC’s The Walking Dead is coming our way, and this one is set in the place that I call home: New York City.
Called Isle of the Dead, this new series will focus on Lauren Cohan’s Maggie and Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan, who are travelling into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan cut off long ago from the mainland. 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. (Sounds a lot like NYC today, to be honest.)
“This is a very big day for the expanding universe we are building around The Walking Dead,” Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, said in a statement. “It not only adds another compelling series to this collection, it extends our storytelling around two unforgettable characters fans have grown to love, hate or hate and then love in Maggie and Negan, brilliantly inhabited by Lauren and Jeffrey. It also lets us explore a corner of this universe located on the island of Manhattan, with an iconic skyline that takes on a very different meaning when viewed through the lens of a zombie apocalypse.”
The Walking Dead alumnus Eli Jorné will serve as showrunner on Isle of the Dead, which will be made up of six episodes.
“Eli has created a chaotic, beautiful, grimy madhouse of the dead for Negan, Maggie, and fans of the show eager to discover an unseen and insane world of the TWD Universe,” said Scott Gimple, franchise architect for The Walking Dead. “Lauren and Jeffrey have always been fantastic collaborators and now, we bring that collaboration to the next level with a series that will take these characters to their limits with the world—and each other. All of us are thrilled to take you on an all new, all different TWD epic for the ages.”
Expect to see the series in 2023.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)