There weren’t any zombies but plenty of tears, memories, hugs and high-fives – plus a couple of surprises – as stars of “The Walking Dead” previewed its final eight episodes of a long 11-season run at Comic-Con.
“It’s not our show. It’s our show,” star Norman Reedus said, referencing the devoted crowd at the Friday panel. The famed pop-culture convention has been a frequent stop for the AMC apocalypse drama over the years that now nears its end: The last batch of episodes is scheduled to air beginning Oct. 2.
But even though the main show is ending, the “Walking Dead” universe is expanding and bringing back old friends. Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are currently filming the spinoff “Isle of the Dead,” which airs next year and features Cohan’s Maggie and Morgan’s Negan facing the undead in what’s left of New York City, and Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira surprised the Comic-Con crowd with the announcement of a new six-episode series premiering on AMC+ in 2023. (Lincoln’s Rick Grimes was last seen being taken away in a helicopter in Season 9, and Gurira’s Michonne went searching for him.)
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“I personally can’t wait to get my cowboy boots back on and get the band back together,” said Lincoln, one of the original “Walking Dead” cast members alongside Reedus and Melissa McBride.
Much of the gathering, however, featured “Walking Dead” stars remembering their final days on set and favorite members over 11 seasons but also thanking fans for their support. “Without you guys, we wouldn’t be here,” said Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon. “What you feel for us, we feel for you.”