The Walking Dead: Dead City has wrapped up the first season and while its not the original series, the series gets back to its roots and gives us hope for future spin-offs.
The Walking Dead has been a favorite among comic book fans for years. Its portrayal of a world overrun by the undead has kept fans glued to their screens. However, in its latest spinoff, Dead City, the show takes us to new heights – or depths – as we follow Negan and Maggie into a post-apocalyptic world. Set in Manhattan, the city has been cut off from the mainland and is filled with the dead and those who have made New York City their own world of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror.
The fourth The Walking Dead spin-off was created by Eli Jorné, who also served as showrunner, is based on the main series characters Maggie and Negan. Jorné directed four of the six-episode series with Keith Staskiewicz and Brenna Kouf directing episodes three and five respectively. Dead City shares continuity with the main show and is the first sequel series.
Scott M. Gimple served as executive producer on the series as he has with The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead. Gimple also wrote a number of episodes of both the original series and Fear The Walking Dead. Eli Jorné, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Brian Bockrath also executive produce the show.
Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan reprised their roles as Maggie and Negan from the original television series. Dead City also starred Gaius Charles as Perlie Armstrong, Željko Ivanek as The Croat, Jonathan Higginbotham as Tommaso, Mahina Napoleon as Ginny, Trey Santiago-Hudson as Jano, Charlie Solis as The Bartender, and Michael Anthony as Luther.
The six-episode first season of Dead City was the perfect amount of Negan and Maggie, along with newly introduced characters. It was great to see these two characters, who never really got along, finally have a proper storyline dedicated solely to them. The interactions between Negan and Maggie were intense, and the dynamic between them grabbed the viewers’ attention right from the start.
The writers looping back to The Sanctuary storyline by introducing The Croat and connecting with the original series while paving new roads in a new location gave old fans some fan service while also capturing new fans of the undead.
A fault of the original series was the continual addition of characters that needed to be followed with only a few appearing in each episode. With Dead City, the ability to only focus on a few characters, brings the show back to its roots. The show’s new location adds just enough to keep this Walking Dead fan hooked, and it’s great to see the show’s creators exploring different locations in the same universe.
The show’s visual and special effects and the way it’s shot is another highlight of Dead City. The show’s production team has done an excellent job in bringing to life the post-apocalyptic Manhattan. The crumbling buildings, the desolate streets, the zombie hoards, everything is beautifully executed.
One can’t talk about Dead City without mentioning the show’s portrayal of New York City. The city’s landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and more, add a sense of familiarity to the show’s otherwise haunting portrayal of the city. It’s great to see the show’s creators explore how the city could be transformed in a post-apocalyptic world, and we can’t wait to see more of it in the show’s next season.
Dead City is a fantastic addition to The Walking Dead universe. It’s great to see the show’s creators exploring new locations, and Negan and Maggie’s post-apocalyptic journey in Manhattan is an exciting watch. With only six episodes in the first season, the show offers the perfect amount of storylines and character development. Moreover, the show’s special effects and portrayal of New York City are outstanding.
The Walking Dead: Dead City premiered on June 18, 2023 and ran through July 23 with six episodes.