Tuesday evening, April 18, marked another fabulous night for the AMC Upfronts in the Big Apple. The Walking Dead representation came packed with their stars and the future of The Walking Dead Universe.
With Summit, Daryl Dixon, and Dead City all about to air their respective spinoff debuts within the next year, we got to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, and Danai Gurira dressed in their best formal attire. It was a family reunion for The Walking Dead family, giving fans all around the world a treat.
It has been a while since that group has been together. Seeing the gang back together, brought with it quite a bit of nostalgia.
Only one key member was missing; the formidable Melissa McBride, whom we hope to see again very soon.
The red carpet was shining bright, and the stars of the show were looking as breathtaking as ever. Danai Gurira was dressed to impress in a beautiful two-piece gown and the men were looking as dapper as ever.
Norman Reedus spoke to ET about his future spinoff, who explains the TWD: Daryl Dixon show as kind of a reset for the veteran actor.
"“Everything kind of breathes in a romantic way. We have the backdrop of France, we have the Catacombs, the Eiffel Tower. The whole vibe is different.”"
Paris is, of course, known as the city of love. It is expected that the environment will be that of romance.
Will Daryl embark on some romance or will romance come to him? Reedus explains much of his story is about him trying to figure out what has happened, how did he get there, and how he can get home.
"“There’s a lot going on, but it’s super poetic, it’s super beautiful. It’s not a repeat of the same show at all.”"
According to Reedus this has been a plan of his for a while. He explained that he didn’t know if he could do the same show for another 14 years.
Which is interesting, when he once said he wanted to play Daryl Dixon forever. Nevertheless, they allowed him to take a right-hand turn and go in a different direction with his character.
"“I got to kind of do what I wanted to do in the way that I want to do it with all the people involved.”"
On Dead City’s side Jeffrey Dean Morgan had a lot to say as well. Dead City will pick up a few years after we last saw Negan and Maggie.
Maggie tracks him down needing help to find her son, who was kidnapped. They find themselves having to go to Manhattan.
When speaking on the dynamic between Maggie and Negan, Jeffrey had this to say:
"“They’re not getting married, you know what I mean? I’ll give that away. It’s tenuous at best. They’re needing each other for a very specific reason. So, Negan has gone back probably a few steps in that redemption arc out of necessity and his survival instincts. It’s going to be a rough road, but going down 5th Avenue is not that bad a road to go down.”"
It should be very interesting to see Negan travel backwards. If nothing else, we will be getting a lot of bad%^& back.
Lauren Cohan describes it as “not typical teammates and not a typical adventure.” She explains it’s not quite an adventure and there will be much conflict along the way.
Fans alike are curious as to how these two will put things aside and work well together. Maggie will never forgive him and that bothers Negan.
We will still have to see yet how life has hardened the once villain of the show. Last time we saw Negan, he had a baby on the way with his wife Annie.
For some reason those two seem to be out of the picture. We hope that this answered very soon because everyone is wondering why.
We have had a long break since the flagship show ended, but great times are head with The Walking Dead universe. Fear the Walking Dead’s premiere for their 8th and final season starts on Sunday, May 14 on AMC and AMC Plus.
Which The Walking Dead spinoff are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments below!