In The Walking Dead Universe, the dead don’t die. And in our universe, neither does this franchise. AMC has officially greenlit yet another TWD series – but this one has a special treat for fans.

The Isle of the Dead spinoff will see the return of popular characters Negan and Maggie. The series follows the pair as they travel into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan long ago cut off from the mainland. And yes, original actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan will return to reprise their roles.

“This is a very big day for the expanding universe we are building around The Walking Dead,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment at AMC. “It not only adds another compelling series to this collection, it extends our storytelling around two unforgettable characters fans have grown to love, hate or hate and then love in Maggie and Negan, brilliantly inhabited by Lauren and Jeffrey. It also lets us explore a corner of this universe located on the island of Manhattan, with an iconic skyline that takes on a very different meaning when viewed through the lens of a zombie apocalypse.”

The new series comes from Eli Jorné, who served as a writer and co-executive producer on TWD for multiple seasons. Cohan and Morgan will also serve as executive producers on the show.

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Said Cohan of her return, “Maggie is very close to my heart and I’m excited to continue her journey against the iconic backdrop of New York City, alongside my friend and collaborator, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Eli Jorné has created something incredibly special and I cannot wait for the fans to see what we have in store for Maggie and Negan.”

Added Morgan, “I’m delighted that Negan and Maggie’s journey continues. It’s been such a ride walking in Negan’s shoes, I’m beyond excited to continue his journey in New York City with Lauren. Walkers in an urban setting has always been such a cool image, but 5th Avenue, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty? The greatest city in the world?? The backdrop is amazing, but it’s the story that Eli Jorné cooked up that is even better. Buckle up folks, Isle of the Dead is going to reinvent the TWD Universe. Huge thank you to Dan McDermott, Scott Gimple and AMC for having us back for more… we simply can’t wait.”

AMC greenlit Isle of the Dead for a six-episode first season, which will premiere in 2023.

The final season of The Walking Dead is divided into three parts. The second part is currently airing on AMC.

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