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Maggie and Negan Will Return in ‘The Walking Dead: Dead City’

New York! New York!

Maggie, Negan, & a new character in The Walking Dead: Dead City

The pumping of The Walking Dead franchise continues, and AMC is determined to drain it dry. We didn’t ask for a Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) spinoff, but we’re going to get one anyway, so let’s make the most of it. I’m likely planning to tune in to see what The Walking Dead has in store for us in New York.

Details for this spinoff have been rolling out for a while, but now we’re getting a glimpse of the characters and what the vibe is going to be. It’s definitely not going to be western horror like Fear the Walking Dead. The Walking Dead: Dead City is headed to the city and you can imagine how rundown NY looks in the TWD universe. What does the spinoff hold for us all? Let’s see!

The Walking Dead: Dead City release window and plot

We don’t have too long to wait for The Walking Dead: Dead City, seeing as filming began back in July of this year. The first episode drops on June 2023 on AMC and AMC+. As with other The Walking Dead projects, episodes will air weekly from then on, with six episodes in total.

Plot: “Maggie and Negan find themselves in a post-apocalyptic New York City in which survivors have made it their own world of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror.”


The series actually looks like it’ll be gritty and a return to form for the characters. Negan is apparently reverting back to his old ways, too. Finally! Combine old school Negan (as Jeffrey Dean Morgan said) with a Maggie who will never trust him and you’ve got a lot of drama. Let’s be real, who wants to see these two in sync the entire time? It would’ve been less realistic than them traveling together in the first place.

The Walking Dead: Dead City cast

Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are the primary focuses for this spinoff. Unless there’s something we don’t know, it’s doubtful any other TWD cast members will appear. If you’re itching for more Daryl, then you can check out his spinoff in 2023.

Still, Maggie and Negan won’t be alone. They’ll be joined by:

  • Gaius Charles as Perlie Armstrong
  • Željko Ivanek as The Croat
  • Jonathan Higginbotham as Tommaso
  • Mahina Napoleon as Ginny
  • Trey Santiago-Hudson as Jano
  • Charlie Solis as “The Bartender”

There are also some actors attached to the title with undisclosed roles:

  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Borlo
  • David Chen
  • Randy Gonzalez
  • Alex Huynh
  • Aixa Kendrick
  • Mahina Napoleon
  • Karina Ortiz
  • Caleb Reese Paul
  • Eleanor Reissa
  • John Wu

The showrunner is Eli Jorné, who wrote for The Walking Dead as well, so he already has an understanding of the weird world of the show and the characters of Maggie and Negan.

(featured image: AMC)

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