Robert Kirkman Announces Potential The Walking Dead Animated Series

The Walking Dead has received multiple adaptations and spin-offs. Now, creator Robert Kirkman reveals an animated series may be coming fans’ way.

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Daryl, Maggie, and two other survivors walk through a grassy field looking haggard.

The Walking Dead franchise dominated pop culture during the 2010s. The titular television series, which aired on AMC between 2010 and 2022, spanned 11 seasons. Throughout this run, The Walking Dead captured the attention of audiences all across the U.S. and beyond, earning it various spin-off series. The first of these spin-off shows, Fear the Walking Dead, spanned eight seasons. In 2023 alone, two new series debuted — The Walking Dead: Dead City follows Maggie and Negan from the original television show, and The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon focuses on a fan-favorite character from The Walking Dead. Both shows were renewed for a second season.

About the Series

The Walking Dead franchise is based on a comic book series of the same name written by Robert Kirkman. Totaling 193 issues, the series ran from 2003 to 2019. Just like its first television adaptation, the comic book series follows Deputy Rick Grimes as he wakes from a coma to find himself in a zombie apocalypse. However, while the initial premise of the comic book series and the television show is the same, the show deviated quite far from its source material during its run.

For fans who were critical of these departures, an adaptation that more closely follows the plot of the comics could be in their future. In response to a fan letter printed in The Walking Dead Deluxe #79, Kirkman teased a potential animated adaptation of the comic book series, saying:

I think it would be a lot of fun to do a faithful animated adaptation, but I don’t know AMC’s appetite for such things.

Robert Kirkman via ComicBook.com
The Walking Dead poster, Rick wearing his deputy uniform and looking down as a flock of white birds flies across a stormy sky behind him.
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What the Future Holds

While the network is better known for its live-action television shows, this wouldn’t be the first time AMC released an animated project. In 2010, AMC released an eight-minute animated promotional video for The Walking Dead, which brought the first 13 pages of the original comic book issue to life. Plus, AMC’s 6-episode web series The Walking Dead: Red Machete contains animated segments.

As much as Kirkman would like to see the story revived in this way, he isn’t completely sure AMC is on board. But given the fact that animated series are cheaper to produce than live-action shows — not to mention the myriad of spin-offs AMC has already greenlit — a The Walking Dead animated series isn’t implausible. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see!


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