Melissa McBride Hints That She Will Appear on the Daryl-Centric Walking Dead Spin-Off

Despite exiting the planned Walking Dead spin-off starring her character Carol and Norman Reedus' Daryl, Melissa McBride hinted there's still more to come. Find out what she revealed here.

By Daniel Trainor Sep 06, 2022 10:12 PMTags
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There still might be life in Carol Peletier.

After announcing her departure from the upcoming Carol and Daryl Walking Dead spin-off in April, Melissa McBride teased that viewers may not have seen the last of her.

"I feel like Carol has more story to tell," she told Entertainment Weekly. "I'll leave it at that. I think she's got some more story." 

When Melissa left the highly-anticipated spin-off earlier this year, AMC blamed logistics.

"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 at the time. "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."

Production shifting overseas apparently became a dealbreaker for Melissa.

"Relocating to Europe became logistically untenable for Melissa at this time," the network continued. "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."

It sounds like those hopes have come to fruition! 

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Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl and will still star in the upcoming spin-off, confirmed that a reunion is in the works.

"Their journey's not over," Norman told EW. "They will meet down the road. You can pretty much bet all your money. I read all these people whining about it, and I have to just keep my mouth shut, but there will be a lot of foots in a lot of mouths at some point."

If the sly words of Melissa and Norman aren't enough to convince you, please allow Walking Dead content officer Scott M. Gimple to really get you excited.

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"There's just more story to tell," Gimple told EW. "And I love both characters so much that we will be telling stories with each of them moving forward. And who knows beyond that? But I've never stopped talking to Melissa about this. I'm thrilled at the idea of it and I'm very optimistic for the future of telling some cool Carol stories."

Before we get to the spin-off, though, say goodbye to the original Walking Dead when the second half of its final season premieres Oct. 2 on AMC.

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