The cast of The Walking Dead expressed their denial about the end of the original series at the show’s New York Comic Con Metaverse panel, but it’s not over for all of them. Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride spoke together about the recently announced Walking Dead spinoff focused on their characters Daryl and Carol. The show won’t air until 2023, after both The Walking Dead season 10 extension and the final season 11, but the anticipation has already started.
“I think it’s great that people are getting excited and have something to look forward to,” actress Melissa McBride said. “Daryl and Carol do have a lot of fans out there, [who] had even talked about how fun it would be to see them have a spinoff. I’m excited!”
The pair is a fan favorite (whether you ‘ship them or not) and what Reedus said should be most exciting for the show to explore is what happens when Daryl and Carol, who have become unlikely community leaders in different ways, are suddenly outsiders again. Their relationship is set. It’s everyone else in the apocalypse that might become a conflict.
“All these characters have gotten to the point where they can deal with, and sometimes not deal with, each other in our small group,” said Reedus. “When you take these two characters and put them on the road and they go see who’s left out in the world, how do you … it’s like coming out of prison, sort of. You kind of have to re-adapt to people.”