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This article is about the first season of the World Beyond TV Series. You may be looking for the first season of the Original TV Series, the first season of the Video Game, or the first season of the Fear TV Series.

Season 1 of AMC's The Walking Dead: World Beyond premiered on October 4, 2020, and concluded on November 29, 2020, consisting of 10 episodes.[2] The series is a companion series to The Walking Dead, which is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. It was executive produced by Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, Brian Bockrath, Scott Gimple and Matt Negrete, with Negrete assuming the role of showrunner.

The season follows a heroic group of teens sheltered from the dangers of the post-apocalyptic world leave the safety of the only home they have ever known and embark on a cross-country journey to find the one man who can possibly save the world.




"The Blaze of Gory"


"The Tyger and the Lamb"


"The Wrong End of a Telescope"


"Madman Across the Water"


"Shadow Puppets"


"Truth or Dare"


"The Sky Is a Graveyard"


"The Deepest Cut"


"In This Life"



Title Writer(s) Director(s) Original Air Date U.S. Viewers
1. "Brave" Scott Gimple
Matt Negrete
Magnus Martens October 4, 2020 1.60 million
2. "The Blaze of Gory" Ben Sokolowski Magnus Martens October 11, 2020 1.04 million
3. "The Tyger and the Lamb" Siavash Farahani Sharat Raju October 18, 2020 1.04 million
4. "The Wrong End of a Telescope" Sinead Daly Rachel Leiterman October 25, 2020 1.02 million
5. "Madman Across the Water" Rohit Kumar Dan Liu November 1, 2020 0.74 million
6. "Shadow Puppets" Maya Goldsmith Michael Cudlitz November 8, 2020 0.73 million
7. "Truth or Dare" Eddie Guzelian Michael Cudlitz November 15, 2020 0.78 million
8. "The Sky Is a Graveyard" Elizabeth Padden Loren Yaconelli November 22, 2020 0.63 million
9. "The Deepest Cut" Ben Sokolowski
Maya Goldsmith
Sydney Freeland November 29, 2020 0.62 million
10. "In This Life" Matt Negrete
Ben Sokolowski
Maya Goldsmith
Magnus Martens November 29, 2020 0.62 million

Title Screen

Main article: Title Screens (World Beyond)






In July 2019, Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu, and Hal Cumpston were cast as main undisclosed roles.[3] The same month, Aliyah Royale and Annet Mahendru joined the cast.[4] The following month, Nico Tortorella.[5] Julia Ormond was announced as a cast member in November 2019, playing the role of Elizabeth Kublek, the "charismatic leader of a large, sophisticated and formidable force".[6]

In August 2019, Joe Holt was cast in a recurring role.[7] In November, Natalie Gold, Al Calderon, Scott Adsit and Ted Sutherland were cast as Lyla Belshaw, Barca, Tony Delmado and Percy.[6]


Filming for the season began late July 2019 in Richmond, Virginia and was expected to last until November 2019.[8] Jordan Vogt-Roberts was originally announced to be the director of the pilot episode.[9] However, Vogt-Roberts was replaced with Magnus Martens, who previously directed for Fear The Walking Dead. The change in directors was a result of the writers mapping out the rest of the season and production had to go in a different direction; Negrete said Vogt-Roberts still contributed ideas to the first episode. The series was looking to film a plane crash in the vein of Lost with filming to take place in Hopewell, Virginia during the first two weeks of August.



The season was originally set to premiere on April 12, 2020, on AMC, after the tenth season finale of The Walking Dead.[10] However, in March 2020, AMC announced that the premiere was delayed and would instead debut "later this year".[11] On July 24, 2020, it was announced that the season would premiere on October 4, 2020.[12] The series premiered on October 1, 2020, on AMC+, AMC's premium on-demand service and each episode will be available three days before their broadcast premiere.[13]

Outside the United States, the series is distributed by Amazon Prime Video and first premiered on October 2, 2020.[14][15]


The first trailer was released at New York Comic Con on October 5, 2019.[16] A second trailer was released November 25.[17]


Critical Response

The first season of The Walking Dead: World Beyond has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a score of 46% with an average rating of 4.90/10 based on 24 critics. The website's critical consensus reads: "The strong performances and new perspective in World Beyond within The Walking Dead universe aren't enough to make it stand out in an increasingly crowded franchise."[18] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 48 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicated "mixed or average reviews."[19]

Daniel D'Addario of Variety gave it a generally positive review and wrote, "This is not a perfect series... And yet there's a willingness to reinvent, to genuinely probe a corner of the universe previously untouched, that makes this series feel serious in its intent and, for fans of the forerunning series, well worth checking out".[20] In a more negative review from Candice Frederick of TV Guide, she graded it two out of five stars and wrote, "World Beyond doesn't offer audiences fresh ideas or even fascinating characters for which to root."[21]

Home Media Releases

The first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 15, 2021.[22]


  • This is the only season in The Walking Dead franchise that had more than one episode air on the same night as an episode from another show.
    • It is also the only season that shared an airdate with both of the other shows, namely The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead.
      • The season premiere of this season of The Walking Dead: World Beyond is featured on the same night as the sixteenth episode of Season 10 of The Walking Dead.
        • This marks the first time a new episode of The Walking Dead: World Beyond and The Walking Dead have been aired on the same night.
      • The second episode of this season is featured on the same night as the season premiere of Season 6 of Fear The Walking Dead.
        • This also marks the first time that a new episode of this series and Fear The Walking Dead have been aired on the same night.
  • This season was originally going to premiere on April 12, 2020 but was moved to a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic as most of the episodes were still in post-production.
  • The season's events take place roughly ten years into the apocalypse.[23]
    • This means the season takes place during the time skip in "What Comes After" of the main show.[24]
    • With the start of the season being ten years after the outbreak, it starts on Day +3,650 at most.
  • Michael Cudlitz, who portrayed Abraham Ford, made his directorial debut and directed two episodes of this season.[25]
  • This is the first season in which Matt Negrete is the showrunner for The Walking Dead: World Beyond.


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  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDwoZKvV6q0
  3. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/third-walking-dead-series-cast-1203262504/
  4. https://tvline.com/2019/07/19/walking-dead-third-series-annet-mahendru-cast/
  5. https://deadline.com/2019/08/the-walking-dead-third-series-nico-tortorella-star-cast-new-spinoff-amc-1202661133/
  6. 6.0 6.1 https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/walking-dead-world-beyond-julia-ormond-casting-1203415154/
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  11. https://tvline.com/2020/03/20/the-walking-dead-world-beyond-delayed-postponed-spinoff-premiere-date/
  12. https://deadline.com/2020/07/walking-dead-world-beyond-premiere-date-trailer-amc-1202993772/
  13. https://www.comingsoon.net/tv/news/1149446-amc-to-unveil-the-walking-dead-world-beyond-episodes-early
  14. https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a31826925/walking-dead-spin-off-world-beyond-postpones-premiere/
  15. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walking-Dead-World-Beyond-Season/dp/B08JFT9W2L
  16. https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/05/the-walking-dead-third-amc-series-trailer-new-york-comic-con
  17. https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a29940488/walking-dead-spin-off-title-world-beyond-trailer/
  18. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/the_walking_dead_world_beyond/s01
  19. https://www.metacritic.com/tv/the-walking-dead-world-beyond/season-1
  20. https://variety.com/2020/tv/reviews/the-walking-dead-world-beyond-tv-review-1234773575/
  21. https://www.tvguide.com/news/the-walking-dead-the-world-beyond-review-amc-spinoff/
  22. https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/041421-1400
  23. https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-mov-nico-tortorella-profile-space-between-0920-20190918-oj2br36vb5dbroxq67zslx4hye-story.html
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  25. https://variety.com/2019/scene/news/norman-reedus-jeffrey-dean-morgan-walking-dead-season-10-1203347415/