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The Walking Dead: Is Daryl Dixon Spinoff Looking to "Raise the Dead"?

A recent Instagram Stories post from Norman Reedus couldn't help but "Raise" some questions about The Walking Dead/Daryl Dixon spinoff.

If you're a fan of The Walking Dead universe, then you know that 2023 is going to be a pretty jam-packed year. The downside? We have to wait a little longer for all of it than we expected. First up, Fear the Walking Dead returns for its eighth & final season this May, split into two 6-episode halves (Part I on Sunday, May 14 on AMC & AMC+, with Part II set for later this year). Following that, The Walking Dead: Dead City hits our screens this June, followed by The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon later this year, and the Rick Grimes/Michonne spinoff hitting in 2024. Now, you might be wondering what we're going to be covering from now until then. Well, we're going to be keeping our radars tuned to anything that hits a website or social media to see what intel we can gather. All of that is just a fancy way of saying that we're going to feed our dumpster fires of random speculation. For example, we have two screencaps from Reedus's look at how production is going overseas. We're running the second image because we like it when set chairs and filming slates get posted; just a weird thing we have. But it's the first image that caught our eye. Take a look at those boxes… "Raise the Dead"?! Could the series' official name be The Walking Dead: Raise the Dead? Of course, it could also be the name that the series went under during production. It also vibes like it could be the title of an episode. Do you see what you've forced us to do, AMC Networks?

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Image: Norman Reedus IG Stories Screencap
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Image: Norman Reedus IG Stories Screencap

The Walking Dead Universe Overview

The eighth season of Fear the Walking Dead begins after the conclusion of Season 7 when Morgan's (Lennie James) and Madison's (Kim Dickens) hopes to rescue Mo from PADRE did not go as planned. Now, Morgan, Madison, and the others they brought to the island are living under PADRE's cynical rule. With our characters demoralized and dejected, the task of reigniting belief in a better world rests with the person Morgan and Madison set out to rescue in the first place — Morgan's daughter, Mo.  The season stars James, Dickens, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Austin Amelio, Christine Evangelista, Karen David, Jenna Elfman, and Rubén Blades. It is executive produced by TWD CCO Scott M. Gimple, Showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, Michael Satrazemis, and David Alpert and is produced by AMC Studios.

The Walking Dead: Dead City follows Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) traveling into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan long ago cut off from the mainland. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror. In addition to Cohan and Morgan, the series stars Gaius Charles, Zeljko Ivanek, Karina Ortiz, Jonathan Higginbotham, and Mahina Napoleon with Gimple, Showrunner Eli Jorné, Cohan, Morgan, and Brian Bockrath as executive producers.

In The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, Daryl (Reedus) washes ashore in France and struggles to piece together how he got there and why. The series tracks his journey across a broken but resilient France as he hopes to find a way back home. As he makes the journey, though, the connections he forms along the way complicate his ultimate plan. The series stars Reedus, Clémence Poésy, and Adam Nagaitis and is executive produced by Gimple, Showrunner David Zabel, Reedus, Greg Nicotero, Angela Kang, Brian Bockrath, and Daniel Percival.

The Walking Dead: "Summit" (Production Title Only): Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira reunite for a new spinoff series that will finally continue the journey of Rick Grimes and Michonne characters. This series presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation unlike any they've ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead? Gimple serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Lincoln and Gurira.

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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