Isle of the Dead' on AMC: Scott M Gimple teases 'insane Walkers' in upcoming 'TWD' spin-off
Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)'Isle of the Dead' is all set to showcase some high-octane action and intense horror. The New York-set AMC spin-off was previewed by showrunner Scott M Gimple. He joins Eli Jorné, Cohan, and Morgan as one of the EPs and teased what was in store for fans, especially with 'The Walking Dead' coming to an end this fall.
"They kill the last eight episodes of The Walking Dead. Maggie and Negan'sstory in the last eight episodes of The Walking Dead are incredible," Gimple said during 'Talking Dead: The Walking Dead Universe Preview 2022 special. "And it set the bar for us to try to top it with [Isle of the Dead]." The show sees Maggie and Negan head into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan island and encounters enough threats after being cut off from the mainland. Gimple added that the six-episode series would have its own cultures and warring groups.
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"It's a madhouse, and [Maggie and Negan] enter it and get swept up into the madhouse," Gimple teased. "There's a lot of conflicts. There's a lot of action. There are zip lines, the walkers are insane. The rats in that city are insane. Eli Jorné is the showrunner, and they're doing incredible work over there right now."
Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, explained how the series would be vastly different from 'The Walking Dead'. "It's going to take place on the island of Manhattan, which was left to the walkers 12 years ago when they overran Manhattan" he said while speaking on Variety's Strictly Business podcast.
"The government decided to blow all the bridges and tunnels and just leave the island to the walkers. And it's now 12 years later," McDermott said. "There's a million-walker herd that's sort of dominating the streets of Manhattan… Maggie and Negan have to journey onto the island, where there's a small civilian [faction] that lives in Manhattan ... above the 10th floor of all the buildings, and they zipline back and forth above the streets."
'Isle of the Dead' premieres in 2023.