During the show’s Hall H panel on Thursday, former The Walking Dead castmates Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira surprised everyone by taking to the stage to announce their own spinoff series. The new series, which does not yet have an official title, is meant to wrap up the story arcs of their characters, Rick and Michonne, respectively.
The description for the series promises an epic love story set against a changed world. Rick and Michonne have been kept apart by distance. They’ve survived a war against the dead before being forced to face off against the living. Now, they’ll need to find each other once again as they struggle to adapt to a place and situation, unlike anything they’ve ever known before. They’ll need to rediscover themselves and determine if they are lovers, victims, or victors – or perhaps even the walking dead.
The news of the spinoff, one of many in development, comes as The Walking Dead readies to end its run after eleven seasons. The Walking Dead is based on the comics of the same name from Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. It focuses on a world where survivors of an apocalyptic event are left to fend for themselves in a collapsed civilization overrun by zombies known as walkers.
Lincoln’s Rick Grimes exited the series following Season 9’s fifth episode titled, “What Comes After.” While the series left Rick’s fate open-ended, we later learn that he, in fact, survived and was taken away on a helicopter. While Gurira’s Michonne last appeared in the show’s tenth season, where she took off in search of Rick.
The Walking Dead Universe’s Chief Content Officer, Scott M. Gimple, is set to serve as the showrunner of the series. Both Lincoln and Gurira will serve as executive producers on the spinoff. The untitled series will debut with six episodes sometime next year.