Melissa McBride is one of only two stars left on The Walking Dead who have been around since season 1, the other being Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon). After 11 seasons of fighting, heartbreak, and heroics, McBride still feels like Carol has more to offer.
Carol is one of a handful of characters who we know for a fact will survive the end of the show. That’s because AMC has already announced a few spinoffs following key characters: there’s a Maggie-Negan series called Dead City, a Rick Grimes and Michonne show, and a Daryl show. By announcing this slate of spinoffs, it kinda ruins the suspense for people.
McBride was originally set to join Reedus on the proposed “Daryl and Carol” spinoff, but she dropped out. We can’t blame her; after 11 seasons she deserves some time off. According to AMC, the reason McBride was unwilling to move forward with the project is that it would have been filmed overseas and “relocating to Europe became logistically untenable” for her. That’s fair.
That said, McBride isn’t planning to leave her zombie-killing days behind her for good. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actress revealed that she would love to return to Carol’s story at some point in the future. “I feel like Carol has more story to tell,” she said. “I’ll leave it at that. I think she’s got some more story.”
Norman Reedus: Carol and Daryl will meet again after The Walking Dead season 11!
When McBride left the spinoff, some fans were worried that season 11 would be the last we see of her and Daryl together. Thankfully, that’s not the case. May your worries be gone: Reedus has confirmed that they will reunite again.
“Their journey’s not over,” Reedus told EW. “They will meet down the road. You can pretty much bet all your money. I read all these people whining about it, and I have to just keep my mouth shut, but there will be a lot of foots in a lot of mouths at some point.”
It might be a while before we see them back together after season 11 since Daryl is apparently heading to Europe. The reason? Well, we don’t know. But Carol won’t be along for the ride.
This is another hint at how open-ended the show will be when it concludes. In the comics, the story ends with Carl, who continues his father’s legacy and leads an advanced community called the Grimes Family Farm.
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