Following on from the success of AMC’s television adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and its spin-off series, Fear the Walking Dead, the third branch to be created from the source material, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, is reportedly ending after season 2 and we explore why season 3 is off the table.
The spin-off follows a group of teenagers who leave their sheltered lives to cross zombie territory in order to save their father.
The penultimate episode of the series had a shocking death that showed one of the characters making a fatal mistake.
Was The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 3 canceled?
No, AMC did not cancel the show. Instead, the spin-off was always intended by the writers to be a short story that did not move past a second season.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, showrunner, Matt Negrete, explained how he felt about the show’s definitive end: “I’m kind of two minds about it because right now we’re breaking episode seven of season two with the writers, and we’ve all fallen in love with these characters.”
Negrete also spoke about the show’s natural ending: “So, I think for all of us, we feel like we could write these characters forever. But, at the same time, it’s nice to be able to approach a series from beginning to end kind of knowing what our ending is going to be and working towards that ending.”
How many episodes are in season 2?
The Walking Dead: World Beyond has ten episodes in its entirety and the show will conclude with season 2 episode 10, titled ‘The Last Light.’
This means that the entire story of the spin-off will be encased within a neat 20 episodes, looked on as a world-building addition to the source material.
What’s next for The Walking Dead?
A historical event is fast approaching for The Walking Dead fans, who will have to endure season 11 of the main show knowing that it will be the last.
After eleven years of content, The Walking Dead will be ending with season 11, but that will not be the end of Daryl, Carol, and the gone but not forgotten, Rick Grimes.
Andrew Lincoln’s character has had a number of spin-off films in the pipeline for years now, which reportedly received some pandemic-related delays but are still going ahead in production.
Additionally, Fear the Walking Dead is expected to continue with an eighth season next year and there’s also a spin-off with Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride’s Carol Peletier in the works too.
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Catch the finale of The Walking Dead: World Beyond on December 5, 2021, on AMC.
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