The final season of The Walking Dead rages on over at AMC, but you don’t think that’s the end for these characters, do you? Multiple spinoffs are in the works, and now another one has been announced featuring the unlikely duo of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan).
Titled Isle of the Dead, the new series from showrunner Eli Jorné will find Negan and Maggie exploring post-apocalyptic New York City. It’s an intersting duo, considering Negan murdered Maggie’s husband Glenn back in season 6, a moment that, for many fans, was a creative turning point and not for the better.
“This is a very big day for the expanding universe we are building around The Walking Dead,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “It not only adds another compelling series to this collection, it extends our storytelling around two unforgettable characters fans have grown to love, hate or hate and then love in Maggie and Negan, brilliantly inhabited by Lauren and Jeffrey. It also lets us explore a corner of this universe located on the island of Manhattan, with an iconic skyline that takes on a very different meaning when viewed through the lens of a zombie apocalypse.”
Franchise guru Scott M. Gimple is on board to oversee the series, as he does everything. Another spinoff centering on my favorite non-couple, Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) is also in the works, along with movies centered on Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes, although I suspect he’ll show up for these final episodes first.
I haven’t watched The Walking Dead in years so this is extremely weird to me. But I imagine Maggie and Negan have been forced by, y’know, zombies or somethin’, to be reluctant allies. As long as they don’t get romantic I’m fine with it, I guess?