TWO of The Walking Dead's most beloved characters will front a spin-off series in the wake of the main series' cancellation.
Earlier this week AMC revealed that the popular show would end with a supersized 24-episode series to be aired over the span of the next two years – with 12 in 2021, and the rest in 2022.
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Fortunately the broadcaster also confirmed that the saga will continue in the form of two new shows, one of which will focus on the characters Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), both long-serving characters beloved by fans.
Now Reedus and McBride have spoken out about the new adventure and given fans a sense of what they can expect.
“I feel incredibly honored to be a part of The Walking Dead – this show changed my life and career and everyone involved has truly been a family for me over the last decade," Reedus said.
"I’m thankful for AMC’s love and support and know there’s so much more story to tell and so much more to bring the best fans in the world. Daryl’s relationship with Carol has always been my favorite relationship on the show (sorry Rick)," he continued.
"I love the way these characters interact and relate to each other on so many levels and can’t wait to see where their ride goes from here.”
The sentiment was echoed by McBride, who opened up about the characters' special bond.
“Of course, I’ve always enjoyed working so closely with Norman throughout these many seasons," she added.
"In playing Carol, and as a viewer of the show, I’ve also long been intrigued with Daryl and Carol, and by what so early on between them, even then, felt somehow bound," she went on.
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"Their shared history is long, and each’s own personal fight to survive, even longer – the more obvious aspect of what has kept them close and loyal.
"But there is also a rather mysterious aspect to their fondness for one another that I enjoy, and their playfulness when the world permits. I’m very curious!"
Paying tribute to show boss Angela Kang, she concluyded: "Angela has a way of shaking things up in great and unexpected ways. She’s like a kid playing with the dimmer switch! I’m very excited!”
However, some fans have been calling for another spin-off series centred on loveable rogue Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
The furore comes after the trailer for the season 10 finale hinted at a prominent character's death.
The Walking Dead's season 10 finale will air as a special episode on Monday, October 5 on FOX in the UK and previous episodes are available to stream on NOW TV.
In the US, the season 10 finale will air on Sunday, October 4 at 9pm on AMC.
Fear the Walking Dead will return later this year on AMC in the US and on AMC UK in the UK.
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