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Walker Independence Officially Canceled; Unable to Find Season 2 Home

A month after it was initially canceled by The CW, EP Jared Padalecki's Walker Independence was unable to secure a new Season 2 home.

Last month came word that The CW (under new leadership) wasn't moving forward with a second season of the Katherine McNamara & Matt Barr-starring prequel series Walker Independence. At the time, executive producer Jared Padalecki (whose Walker was picked up for an abbreviated 13-episode fourth season) rallied the fans to kick off a #SaveWalkerIndependence campaign. Unfortunately, we're learning today that the prequel series has been officially canceled, with the CBS Studios series unable to secure a Season 2 home (with Deadline Hollywood confirming).

Walker Independence — "Home to a Stranger" — Image Number: WID102a_0568r — Pictured (L-R): Katherine McNamara as Abby Walker and Matt Barr as Hoyt Rawlins — Photo: Richard Foreman, Jr. /The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Here's a look back at the prequel series' official trailer and series overview:

Set in the late 1800s, an origin story of The CW's current hit series "Walker," Walker Independence follows Abby Walker (Katherine McNamara, "Arrow"), an affluent and tough-minded Bostonian whose husband is murdered before her eyes while on their journey out West. After crossing paths with Calian (Justin Johnson Cortez, "911: Lone Star"), a curious Apache tracker, Abby arrives in the town of Independence, Texas, where she encounters diverse and eclectic residents running from their pasts, chasing their dreams, and keeping their own secrets, including Kate Carver (Katie Findlay, "The Carrie Diaries"), an idiosyncratic burlesque dancer with perhaps too keen an interest in Abby's origins, and Kai (Lawrence Kao, "Wu Assassins"), a soulful Chinese immigrant who runs a local restaurant/laundry and offers Abby friendship without agenda.

Abby also literally runs into Hoyt Rawlins (Matt Barr, "Walker"), a slippery rogue, thief, and con artist with a dented heart of gold who quickly eyes Abby as a mark, until she turns the tables on him. In seeking justice for her husband, Abby encounters Independence's noble deputy sheriff, Augustus (Philemon Chambers, "Single All the Way"), and his new boss, Sheriff Tom Davidson (Greg Hovanessian, "Another Life"), who she has reason to believe is a very bad man indeed. Abby and Hoyt soon find themselves precariously aligned, both seeking to uncover the truth about the identity of Abby's husband's killer and vow to save Independence – a frontier boomtown where nothing is what it seems.

Walker Independence Officially Canceled; Unable to Find Season 2 Home
Photo: Frank Ockenfels 3/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The CW's Walker Independence is from CBS Studios with a teleplay written by Seamus Kevin Fahey from a story co-written by him and Anna Fricke of Pursued By a Bear. Both serve as executive producers along with Jared Padalecki, Dan Lin, and Lindsey Liberatore of Rideback and Laura Terry of Pursued by a Bear. Larry Teng serves as executive producer and director on the pilot.

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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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