The Walking Dead’s Melissa McBride drops out of her AMC spinoff series costarring Norman Reedus

The Walking Dead’s Melissa McBride drops out of her AMC spinoff series costarring Norman Reedus

  • McBride, 56, has exited a Walking Dead spinoff series set to air on AMC
  • She would have led the show with her Walking Dead costar Norman Reedus
  • A statement from AMC claimed she balked at filming the series in Europe
  • The Walking Dead is currently in its eleventh and final season
  • McBride and Reedus are the only characters remaining from season one

AMC’s post-Walking Dead plans got a major shakeup on Wednesday when it was reported that longtime star Melissa McBride had exited an upcoming spinoff series.

The 56-year-old actress, who currently appears on the ongoing eleventh and final season of The Walking Dead, will no long lead the spinoff with her costar Norman Reedus, TVLine reported.

A statement from an AMC representative delivered later in the day claimed that McBride was unable to relocate to Europe, where the still-untitled series was set to be filmed.

She’s out: The Walking Dead’s Melissa McBride, 56, will no longer costar with Norman Reedus in an upcoming spinoff series, TVLine reported on Wednesday; seen in 2019 in Hollywood

McBride and Reedus are the only characters on The Walking Dead who have remained on the series since being introduced in the first season.

According to the outlet, the spinoff will now focus on Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon alone, though it’s unclear if McBride’s character Carol Peletier will be given a sign off on either the original Walking Dead or the spin-off.

A rep for AMC claimed that the international shooting destination for the series was untenable for McBride.

‘Melissa McBride has given life to one of the most interesting, real, human and popular characters in The Walking Dead Universe,’ they told the publication. ‘Unfortunately, she is no longer able to participate in the previously announced spinoff focused on the Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier characters, which will be set and filmed in Europe this summer and premiere next year. Relocating to Europe became logistically untenable for Melissa at this time.

Too far: A rep for AMC claimed that McBride was no longer able to move to Europe for an extended period to film the series, which is also set on the continent;  with Reedus on The Walking Dead

Too far: A rep for AMC claimed that McBride was no longer able to move to Europe for an extended period to film the series, which is also set on the continent; with Reedus on The Walking Dead

‘We know fans will be disappointed by this news, but The Walking Dead Universe continues to grow and expand in interesting ways and we very much hope to see Carol again in the near future.’

The spinoff series, which was first announced in September 2020, was co-created by Scott M. Gimple — the former Walking Dead showrunner and current Walking Dead universe chief content officer — and current Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang.

Kang is expected to continue showrunning duties on the new series.

‘It’s bittersweet to bring [the flagship series] to an end, but I could not be more excited to be working with Scott Gimple and AMC to develop a new series for Daryl and Carol,’ she said in a statement when the series was announced. ‘Working with Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride has been a highlight of my career, and I’m thrilled that we get to keep telling stories together.’

Still kicking: She and Reedus are the only two season one stars who have remained on The Walking Dead (pictured)

Still kicking: She and Reedus are the only two season one stars who have remained on The Walking Dead (pictured)

The Walking Dead Universe features a bevy of ongoing and upcoming spinoff projects.

The first spinoff, Fear The Walking Dead, recently wrapped up its seventh season, and the universe will expand with another spinoff focused on Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s villain-turned-antihero Negan and Lauren Cohan’s fan-favorite character Maggie, as well as an anthology series titled Tales of the Walking Dead.

Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead’s original lead Rick Grimes, was also set to star in a series of spinoff films following his departure from the show in season nine, but so far those are still in development.

Although McBride won’t be joining the new series, AMC’s statement does leave open the possibility that her character could join later in its run.

More to come: The show's universe also has an upcoming spinoff with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), plus the anthology Tales Of The Walking Dead;  McBride and Reedus seen in 2019 in San Diego, Calif.

More to come: The show’s universe also has an upcoming spinoff with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), plus the anthology Tales Of The Walking Dead; McBride and Reedus seen in 2019 in San Diego, Calif.

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