The Walking Dead: Melissa McBride Exits Daryl/Carol Spin-Off

The Walking Dead‘s Daryl and Carol-focused spin-off series has lost its Carol, according to an exclusive report from TVLine. The series would see Norman Reedus and Melissa McBridge reprise their roles as the zombie-killing BFF duo Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier. In fact, the pair are the only members from the original season 1 cast, after Rick went awol back in Season 9. However, despite how things were looking, the spin-off series has not been cancelled and will instead focus solely on Daryl.

The spin-off series will take place in Europe, with filming set for this summer before being released next year. An AMC spokesperson assures that McBride’s departure is due to logistics, expressing in a statement: “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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The pair are the only current members from the original season 1 cast. (Pic: AMC).

The series is one of several in the works after being announced in September 2020. It is set to see Scott M. Gimple, The Walking Dead‘s chief content officer and former showrunner, and The Walking Dead‘s current showrunner Angela Kang return to co-create the series.

While McBride’s departure for the anticipated spin-off will be a disappointment to fans, The Walking Dead‘s universe continues to expand with a Negan and Maggie spin-off also set to take place with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan both returning to their roles. It was also recently announced that an anthology series titled Tales of the Walking Dead is in the works, with Samantha Morton set to appear again as the formidable Alpha.

Hungry for more of The Walking Dead? Check out our review for the Season 11B finale ‘Acts Of God’!

Holly Hammond

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