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This article is about the World Beyond TV Series. You may be looking for the Comic Series, the Original TV Series, the Film Series, the Video Game, or the Fear TV Series of The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama limited series created by Scott Gimple and Matt Negrete that premiered on AMC on October 4, 2020. It is a spin-off 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, and is the third television series within The Walking Dead television universe. The first season consisted of 10 episodes. The second and final season will also consist of 10 episodes.[1] The final season premiered on October 3, 2021.[2]

The series was announced July 2018 and was first given a ten-episode order in April 2019. Matt Negrete, who has previously written for The Walking Dead, is the showrunner for the series.

Premise

The series, set in Nebraska ten years after the zombie apocalypse, features four teenage protagonists and focuses on "the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad."[3][4][5]

Series Overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 October 4, 2020 November 29, 2020
2 10 October 3, 2021 December 5, 2021

Episodes

As of October 10, 2021, 12 episodes of The Walking Dead: World Beyond have aired.

Season 1

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

Season 2

Title Writer(s) Director(s) Original Air Date U.S. Viewers
1. "Konsekans" Matt Negrete Loren Yaconelli October 3, 2021 0.75 million
2. "Foothold" Carson Moore Loren Yaconelli October 10, 2021 0.81 million
3. "Exit Wounds" Rayna McClendon Aisha Tyler October 17, 2021 TBA
4. "Family Is a Four Letter Word" Maya Goldsmith Aisha Tyler October 24, 2021 TBA
5. "Quatervois" Ben Sokolowski Heather Cappiello October 31, 2021 TBA
6. "Who Are You?" Sinead Daly Heather Cappiello November 7, 2021 TBA
7. "Blood and Lies" Rohit Kumar Lily Mariye November 14, 2021 TBA
8. "Returning Point" Eddie Guzelian Lily Mariye November 21, 2021 TBA
9. "Death and the Dead" Erin Martin
Sam Reynolds
Loren Yaconelli November 28, 2021 TBA
10. "The Last Light" Matt Negrete
Maya Goldsmith
Carson Moore
Loren Yaconelli December 5, 2021 TBA

Title Screen

Main article: Title Screens (World Beyond)

Cast and Characters

The Walking Dead: World Beyond
Actor Character Appeared Seasons Status Background
Aliyah Royale Iris Bennett 1, 2 Alive A smart high school student and aspiring scientist.[6]
Alexa Mansour Hope Bennett 1, 2 Alive Iris' adoptive, rebellious and intellectual sister.[7][6]
Hal Cumpston Silas Plaskett 1, 2 Alive A shy teenager who was transferred to the Campus Colony after committing a violent offense.[7][6]
Nicolas Cantu Elton Ortiz 1, 2 Alive An analytical and intellectual fifteen-year-old.[7][6]
Nico Tortorella Felix Carlucci 1, 2 Alive The head of security at the Campus Colony, who was kicked out of his house for coming out as gay.[8]
Annet Mahendru Jennifer Mallick 1, 2 Alive A security officer at the Campus Colony, who is also Elizabeth's daughter.[6]
Julia Ormond Elizabeth Kublek 1, 2 Alive The lieutenant colonel of the Civic Republic Military.[9]
Joe Holt Leopold Bennett 1, 2 Alive The adoptive father of Iris and Hope, who is a scientist that is being held by the CRM.[10][2]
Natalie Gold Lyla Belshaw 1, 2 Alive A scientist for the CRM, who is one of Leopold Bennett's colleagues.[2][9]
Jelani Alladin Will Campbell 1, 2 Alive A former security officer at the Campus Colony, who is Felix's boyfriend.[2]
Ted Sutherland Percy 1, 2 Alive Tony's nephew, who is abandoned by his mother and left to Tony.[9]

Production

Development

In July 2018, during San Diego Comic Con, executive producer Scott Gimple announced that a new spin-off was in the works.[11] In April 2019, AMC gave a ten-episode order for the series.[4] In July, the series was given the working title of Monument.[12] On November 24, 2019, Gimple revealed the show's title.[13] In January 2020, alongside the series premiere date announcement, AMC confirmed that the series would only consist of two seasons.[5]

Casting

In July 2019, Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu, and Hal Cumpston were cast as main undisclosed roles.[7] The same month, Aliyah Royale and Annet Mahendru joined the cast.[6] The following month, Nico Tortorella.[8] 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".[9]

In August 2019, Joe Holt was cast in a recurring role.[10] In November, Natalie Gold, Al Calderon, Scott Adsit and Ted Sutherland were cast as Lyla Belshaw, Barca, Tony Delmado and Percy.[9]

In May 2021, Robert Palmer Watkins joined the cast in recurring role for the second season.[14] For the second season, Joe Holt, Jelani Alladin, Natalie Gold and Ted Sutherland were promoted to series regulars.[2]

Filming

Filming for the series began late July 2019 in Richmond, Virginia and was expected to last until November 2019.[15] Jordan Vogt-Roberts was originally announced to be the director of the pilot episode.[16] 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 contributed ideas to the first episode.[17] 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.[12]

Release

Broadcast

The series was originally set to premiere on April 12, 2020, on AMC, after the tenth season finale of The Walking Dead.[18] However, in March 2020, AMC announced that the premiere was delayed and would instead debut "later this year".[19] On July 24, 2020, it was announced that the series would premiere on October 4, 2020.[20] The series premiered on October 1, 2020, on AMC+, AMC's premium on-demand service and each episode became available three days before their broadcast premiere.[21] The final season premiered on October 3, 2021 on AMC.[2]

Outside the United States, the series is distributed by Amazon Prime Video and first premiered on October 2, 2020.[22][23]

Marketing

The first trailer was released at New York Comic Con on October 5, 2019.[3] A second trailer was released November 25.[24]

Home Media

The first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 15, 2021.[25]

Reception

Critical Reception

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 series' strong performances and new perspective within The Walking Dead universe aren't enough to make it stand out in an increasingly crowded franchise."[26] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 48 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicated "mixed or average reviews."[27]

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".[28] 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."[29]

Promotional Material

Trailers

Trivia

  • This is the second spin-off series of The Walking Dead, after Fear The Walking Dead.
  • The series' events take place roughly ten years into the apocalypse.[30]
  • World Beyond refers to zombies as "empties".[32]
    • This name was inspired by Jesus from the Comic Series.
  • Gimple confirms there will eventually be crossovers.[33]
    • This crossover character was later revealed to be Anne.[34]
  • It's been confirmed there will be clues about Rick Grimes' whereabouts.[35]
  • Interestingly enough, in The Walking Dead episode "Nebraska" both Dave and Tony said they were planning on going to Nebraska due to its low population and large amount of guns.
  • World Beyond will only have 2 seasons.
    • This makes it the first series in the TV universe with a scheduled end date.
  • Originally the name Endlings was considered for the title of the show.[36]

References

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2020/01/17/amc-confirms-the-walking-dead-world-beyond-will-only-run-for-20-total-episodes/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 https://deadline.com/2021/07/walking-dead-world-beyond-season-2-premiere-date-amc-1234799151/
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/05/the-walking-dead-third-amc-series-trailer-new-york-comic-con
  4. 4.0 4.1 https://deadline.com/2019/04/the-walking-dead-spinoff-details-revealed-by-amc-ahead-of-2020-premiere-1202590997/
  5. 5.0 5.1 https://www.skybound.com/shows/the-walking-dead-world-beyond/the-walking-dead-world-beyond-will-only-last-two-seasons
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 https://tvline.com/2019/07/19/walking-dead-third-series-annet-mahendru-cast/
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/third-walking-dead-series-cast-1203262504/
  8. 8.0 8.1 https://deadline.com/2019/08/the-walking-dead-third-series-nico-tortorella-star-cast-new-spinoff-amc-1202661133/
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/walking-dead-world-beyond-julia-ormond-casting-1203415154/
  10. 10.0 10.1 https://deadline.com/2019/08/the-walking-dead-third-series-joe-holt-recur-new-spinoff-amc-1202667465/
  11. http://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2018/07/21/the-walking-dead-spinoff-comic-con-scott-gimple
  12. 12.0 12.1 https://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2019/07/26/walking-dead-spinoff-title-plane-crash-monument-virginia/
  13. https://tvline.com/2019/11/24/the-walking-dead-world-beyond-third-series-title-amc/
  14. https://deadline.com/2021/05/the-walking-dead-world-beyond-robert-palmer-watkins-season-2-amc-spinoff-recurring-1234766215/
  15. https://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2019/07/30/the-walking-dead-first-trailer-for-third-series-released/
  16. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/walking-dead-full-cast-set-third-show-amc-1225727
  17. https://www.tvguide.com/news/the-walking-dead-world-beyond-matthew-negrete-interview/
  18. https://tvline.com/2020/01/16/the-walking-dead-world-beyond-premiere-date-amc-photos/
  19. https://tvline.com/2020/03/20/the-walking-dead-world-beyond-delayed-postponed-spinoff-premiere-date/
  20. https://deadline.com/2020/07/walking-dead-world-beyond-premiere-date-trailer-amc-1202993772/
  21. https://www.comingsoon.net/tv/news/1149446-amc-to-unveil-the-walking-dead-world-beyond-episodes-early
  22. https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a31826925/walking-dead-spin-off-world-beyond-postpones-premiere/
  23. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walking-Dead-World-Beyond-Season/dp/B08JFT9W2L
  24. https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a29940488/walking-dead-spin-off-title-world-beyond-trailer/
  25. https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/041421-1400
  26. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/the_walking_dead_world_beyond/s01
  27. https://www.metacritic.com/tv/the-walking-dead-world-beyond/season-1
  28. https://variety.com/2020/tv/reviews/the-walking-dead-world-beyond-tv-review-1234773575/
  29. https://www.tvguide.com/news/the-walking-dead-the-world-beyond-review-amc-spinoff/
  30. https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-mov-nico-tortorella-profile-space-between-0920-20190918-oj2br36vb5dbroxq67zslx4hye-story.html
  31. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/10042074/walking-dead-spin-off-nico-tortorella/
  32. https://twitter.com/TheWalkingDead/status/1180514298101190656
  33. https://twitter.com/TheWalkingDead/status/1180518501435338752
  34. https://twitter.com/TWDWorldBeyond/status/1433478438950785032
  35. https://twitter.com/TheWalkingDead/status/1305052719464366080
  36. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKzgICOZDwQ
The Walking Dead Television Universe
Shows TV SeriesFearWorld BeyondTalesDaryl and CarolVillainComedy
Film Series Untitled Film 1Untitled Film 2Untitled Film 3
Webisodes Torn ApartCold StorageThe OathFlight 462PassageRed MacheteThe Althea TapesDead In The Water
Games Dead ReckoningSurvival InstinctOnslaught
Podcasts Radio Waves
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