The Walking Dead star Melissa McBride, who has starred as Carol since the series’ launch, will not be part of an untitled spinoff slated for 2023. She and Norman Reedus’ characters in TWD were supposed to be the focus of the Carol-Daryl spinoff.
“Melissa McBride has given life to one of the most interesting, real, human and popular characters in The Walking Dead Universe. Unfortunately, she can no longer 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.
AMC’s revelation that the spinoff will film in Europe opens up all-new possibilities for the Reedus-led series. It isn’t yet clear whether the show will occur across the Atlantic. Still, the fact that production is leaving behind TWD’s longtime home of Georgia suggests a very different setting, literally and figuratively.
The Carol and Daryl spin-off was announced in September 2020, as the original Walking Dead was gearing up for its final season. It is one of several Walking Dead spinoffs currently in development, including a New York City-set spinoff, Isle of the Dead, revolving around Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan’s characters, Negan and Maggie, the anthology series Tales of the Walking Dead. Fear The Walking Dead launched the second part of its seventh season on April 17.
The long-running series, The Walking Dead, recently wrapped up the second part of its humongous eleventh and final season. The last eight episodes of the zombie apocalypse show based on Robert Kirkman’s comics are set to debut later this year.