Melissa McBride To Return as Carol in “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” Spin-Off

For fans of “The Walking Dead” series, the farewell between Carol and Daryl in the show’s series finale was a bittersweet moment. As Daryl rode away, leaving Carol behind, there was a sense of finality, but it seems that the story is far from over for these two beloved characters. AMC recently made a thrilling announcement that has sent shockwaves of excitement through the fanbase: Melissa McBride, who portrayed Carol on the original series for all 11 seasons, will return as a series regular in the second season of “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon.” This development not only rekindles hope for fans but also breathes new life into the series. What’s more, with McBride’s return, the spin-off has received a new title, now officially known as “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon — The Book of Carol.” This exciting development is set to take the “The Walking Dead” universe to new heights.

Spoiler alert: AMC has revealed that Melissa McBride’s character, Carol, will make an appearance in the upcoming season finale of “Daryl Dixon,” titled “Coming Home.” This thrilling revelation was unveiled during the TWD Universe panel at New York Comic Con, igniting anticipation for what’s to come.

“I’ve known there was much more to be told of Carol’s story as I felt her so unsettled when we last saw her, as she watched her best friend, Daryl, ride away,” McBride shared in a statement. “Apart or (hopefully!) together, their stories run deep, and I’m so excited to continue Carol’s journey here. This team of storytellers has done amazing work to land these two established characters in an entirely new world to them, and I’m loving the discoveries!”

Norman Reedus, who portrays Daryl Dixon, expressed his excitement at the news, saying, “My good friend, the talented, beautiful Melissa McBride, will be a series regular for season 2. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

In a surprising turn of events, McBride made a voice cameo in the penultimate episode of “Daryl Dixon” and is set to appear in the flesh in a season finale coda sequence, which will serve as the unofficial first chapter of “The Book of Carol.”

The journey to this point has been quite a rollercoaster. In 2020, AMC announced that Reedus and McBride would reprise their roles in an untitled “Daryl & Carol” spin-off, developed by TWD Universe Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple and then-showrunner Angela Kang. However, in April 2022, McBride had to bow out of the series. An AMC spokesperson explained that relocating to Europe, where “Daryl Dixon” is set and filmed, became “logistically untenable” for McBride at that time. Despite this disappointment, the spokesperson assured fans that they hoped to see Carol again in the near future.

Fast forward to 2024, and that “near future” has arrived. ComicBook exclusively reported that “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” season 2 is set to resume production in France, starting on October 20th. This follows an interim agreement with SAG-AFTRA to allow filming amid the ongoing actors’ strike.

Melissa McBride is joining an ensemble cast that includes returning “Daryl Dixon” cast members, as well as new additions, such as Clémence Poésy, Louis Puech Scigliuzzi, Laika Blanc Francard, Anne Charrier, Romain Levi, and Eriq Ebouaney. Additionally, McBride will also serve as an executive producer on “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon — The Book of Carol,” alongside Norman Reedus, series creator and showrunner David Zabel, and executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Angela Kang, Brian Bockrath, Daniel Percival, Jason Richman, and Steve Squillante.

Fans can look forward to “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon — The Book of Carol,” starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride, premiering in 2024 on AMC and AMC+. This exciting development promises to deliver even more depth and adventures for these beloved characters, and fans are eager to see where their journey takes them next.