The Walking Dead panel at New York Comic Con proved to be an eventful affair, where we learned more details about the future of the show and its cast, as well as its recently-announced spin-off. In attendance were showrunner Angela Kang, Scott M. Gimple, The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danai Gurira, Cailey Fleming, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, and Ross Marquand.
First on the docket, what’s the status of AMC’s mothership, The Walking Dead? Kang announced that the show has been renewed for an eleventh season, ahead of tomorrow’s premiere of season ten.
Fans attending the panel were also in for a treat as Lauren Cohan made a surprise appearance onstage, where she announced she’ll be returning to the show. Details are scarce and Cohan didn’t confirm whether she’d be returning for the tenth or the eleventh season, but it’s a big moment nonetheless. Cohan’s initial departure from the show marked a significant moment for the series as the actor wanted to pursue other creative prospects.
Sarah Barnett, President of AMC, released a statement: “The Walking Dead burst out of the gate ten years ago as a genre show that had all the character depth of a top-tier prestige drama. And now 10 years later – led by the brilliant Angela Kang and fueled by one of the most consistently talented casts in television – this phenomenon is flourishing creatively, with critics and audiences embracing its reset. We’re delighted to welcome back Lauren Cohan, she has meant so much to this show and its passionate, global fanbase, who are in for a fantastic ride over the coming months.”
The panel also announced some new casting, with Paola Lázaro joining the show as the Princess of Pittsburgh herself, Juanita Sanchez. Readers of the comic will recognise this character, as her appearance indicates the show will be heading towards a pretty big storyline from the comics.
But wait, there’s more! The panel also debuted the first trailer for the recently-announced spin-off show, The Walking Dead Universe. Check it out below:
AMC’s description of the show reads: “The third instalment of the franchise will feature two young protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”
The Walking Dead Universe will premiere in Spring of 2020. Meanwhile, the mainline show will be starting its tenth season tomorrow at 9pm eastern.