The reported Walking Dead spin-off centered on Carol and Daryl is set to look very different. Melissa McBride, who stars in the flagship series as Carol, has pulled out of the project with production now set to move into Europe. Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon is now reported to be the sole focus of the show.
“Melissa McBride has given life to one of the most interesting, real, human and popular characters in The Walking Dead Universe. 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.” AMC said in a statement Wednesday.
While the news will be met with sadness amongst the loyal Walking Dead fanbase, AMC’s revelation that the show will now move into Europe raises many questions and exciting possibilities. Moving production from The Walking Dead’s long-time home of Georgia into Europe hints toward a very different aesthetic, but it’s unclear whether the spin-off will actually take place across the pond or not.
The series is only one of several spin-offs in the works. Tales of The Walking Dead, an anthology series filled with characters old and new, is set to release in the summer, and a New York City-set spin-off, titled Isle of The Dead, will see Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan return as Maggie and Negan.
The Walking Dead itself will conclude in the fall with the series final eight episodes.
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