The Walking Dead's Melissa McBride Exits Planned Daryl-Carol Spin-Off

The Walking Dead's Melissa McBride has unexpectedly exited the spin-off series based on her character. Get the details here.

By Jillian Fabiano Apr 27, 2022 7:25 PMTags
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Sorry, Walking Dead fans: we have some unfortunate news.

A spin-off series of the post-apocalyptic horror hit, which follows Daryl and Carol—played by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride, respectively—has been in the works at AMC. But in a change of events, it was reported on April 27 that McBride has exited the project due to "logistical" issues.

"Melissa McBride has given life to one of the most interesting, real, human and popular characters in The Walking Dead Universe," a network spokesperson said in a statement issued to E! News. "Unfortunately, she is no longer able to participate in the previously announced spinoff focused on the Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier characters, which will be set and filmed in Europe this summer and premiere next year."

They continued, "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."

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But the show must go on.

TVLine, who was first to break the news, reports that the new show will now only focus on Daryl, rather than both of the on-screen BFFS. Reedus and McBride are the last two remaining original cast members of the long-running series.

The Walking Dead is currently in its 11th and final season and the series finale is set to air in late 2022.

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And thankfully, we still have another spin-off series to look forward to.

Back in March, AMC announced plans for another Walking Dead spin-off series called Isle of the Dead, featuring Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan who will reprise their roles as Maggie and Negan, respectively. 

The pair will travel "into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan long ago cut off from the mainland," according to the series description.

If Zombodie wants to grab us a box of tissues while we continue to process this news, that would be great.

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