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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 premiered on October 3, 2021, and also consists of 10 episodes with the final episode aired on December 5, 2021.
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.
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."
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||October 4, 2020||November 29, 2020|
|2||10||October 3, 2021||December 5, 2021|
As of December 5, 2021, 20 episodes of The Walking Dead: World Beyond have aired.
|Title||Writer(s)||Director(s)||Original Air Date||U.S. Viewers|
|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
|Sydney Freeland||November 29, 2020||0.62 million|
|10.||"In This Life"||Matt Negrete
|Magnus Martens||November 29, 2020||0.62 million|
|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||0.67 million|
|4.||"Family Is a Four Letter Word"||Maya Goldsmith||Aisha Tyler||October 24, 2021||0.69 million|
|5.||"Quatervois"||Ben Sokolowski||Heather Cappiello||October 31, 2021||0.51 million|
|6.||"Who Are You?"||Rohit Kumar||Heather Cappiello||November 7, 2021||0.43 million|
|7.||"Blood and Lies"||Sinead Daly||Lily Mariye||November 14, 2021||0.49 million|
|8.||"Returning Point"||Eddie Guzelian||Lily Mariye||November 21, 2021||0.53 million|
|9.||"Death and the Dead"||Erin Martin
|Loren Yaconelli||November 28, 2021||0.54 million|
|10.||"The Last Light"||Matt Negrete
|Loren Yaconelli||December 5, 2021||0.43 million|
- Main article: Title Screens (World Beyond)
Cast and Characters
|The Walking Dead: World Beyond|
|Aliyah Royale||Iris Bennett||1, 2||Alive||A smart high school student and aspiring scientist.|
|Alexa Mansour||Hope Bennett||1, 2||Alive||Iris' adoptive, rebellious and intellectual sister.|
|Hal Cumpston||Silas Plaskett||1, 2||Alive||A shy teenager who was transferred to the Campus Colony after committing a violent offense.|
|Nicolas Cantu||Elton Ortiz||1, 2||Alive||An analytical and intellectual fifteen-year-old.|
|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.|
|Annet Mahendru||Jennifer Mallick||1, 2||Dead||A security officer at the Campus Colony, who is also Elizabeth's daughter.|
|Julia Ormond||Elizabeth Kublek||1, 2||Alive||The lieutenant colonel of the Civic Republic Military.|
|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.|
|Natalie Gold||Lyla Belshaw||1, 2||Dead||A scientist for the CRM, who is one of Leopold Bennett's colleagues.|
|Jelani Alladin||Will Campbell||1, 2||Alive||A former security officer at the Campus Colony, who is Felix's boyfriend and later husband.|
|Ted Sutherland||Percy||1, 2||Dead||Tony's nephew, who is abandoned by his mother and left to Tony.|
|Pollyanna McIntosh||Anne||2||Alive||The warrant officer of the CRM who disappeared along with Rick Grimes on the CRM helicopter in The Walking Dead.|
In July 2018, during San Diego Comic Con, executive producer Scott Gimple announced that a new spin-off was in the works. In April 2019, AMC gave a ten-episode order for the series. In July, the series was given the working title of Monument. On November 24, 2019, Gimple revealed the show's title. In January 2020, alongside the series premiere date announcement, AMC confirmed that the series would only consist of two seasons.
In July 2019, Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu, and Hal Cumpston were cast as main undisclosed roles. The same month, Aliyah Royale and Annet Mahendru joined the cast. The following month, Nico Tortorella. 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".
In May 2021, Robert Palmer Watkins joined the cast in recurring role for the second season. For the second season, Joe Holt, Jelani Alladin, Natalie Gold and Ted Sutherland were promoted to series regulars.
Filming for the series began late July 2019 in Richmond, Virginia and was expected to last until November 2019. Jordan Vogt-Roberts was originally announced to be the director of the pilot episode. 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. 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 series was originally set to premiere on April 12, 2020, on AMC, after the tenth season finale of The Walking Dead. However, in March 2020, AMC announced that the premiere was delayed and would instead debut "later this year". On July 24, 2020, it was announced that the series would premiere on October 4, 2020. 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. The final season premiered on October 3, 2021 on AMC.
The first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 15, 2021.
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." On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 48 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicated "mixed or average reviews."
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". 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."
- 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.
- World Beyond refers to zombies as "empties".
- This name was inspired by Jesus from the Comic Series.
- Gimple confirms there will eventually be crossovers.
- It's been confirmed there will be clues about Rick Grimes' whereabouts.
- 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.
The Walking Dead Television Universe
|Shows||TV Series • Fear • World Beyond • Tales • Daryl and Carol • Villain • Comedy|
|Film Series||Untitled Film 1 • Untitled Film 2 • Untitled Film 3|
|Webisodes||Torn Apart • Cold Storage • The Oath • Flight 462 • Passage • Red Machete • The Althea Tapes • Dead In The Water|
|Games||Dead Reckoning • Survival Instinct • Onslaught|