Though the main show ends in 2022, The Walking Dead franchise continues to grow at AMC with Tales of the Walking Dead, an all-new anthology featuring standalone episodes with new and returning characters from across the TWD universe.
There are six episodes in the first season of the new series and each episode has its own story and its own characters. Unlike the other shows across the TWD universe, Tales features standalone episodes that connect into the larger story. Whether it’s a familiar face from TWD past or someone totally new to the universe, each story plays a role.
Here’s what we know about Tales of the Walking Dead.
Tales of the Walking Dead season 1 episodes
Each all-new episode of Tales of the Walking Dead is set in a new location with a new cast of characters. What's more is that it takes place at different points in the show's timeline, from the outset of the apocalypse to years and years into the future, beyond the main show's timeline.
Tales of the Walking Dead season 1 episode 1: "Joe/Evie"
Airdate: August 14, 2022
"In a road-trip story, a reclusive prepper abandons his bunker in search of a female prepper from his past; along the way, he meets an unlikely ally who is his polar opposite; they team up in an effort to find their lost loved ones."
Starring Terry Crews, Olivia Munn, Kersti Bryan
Tales of the Walking Dead season 1 episode 2: "Blair/Gina"
Airdate: August 21, 2022
"In a fast-paced, reality-twisting buddy-action heist, a disgruntled receptionist and her overbearing boss are trapped together as the city of Atlanta collapses under the Walker Apocalypse, forcing them to work together in order to escape the city."
Starring Parker Posey and Jillian Bell
Tales of the Walking Dead season 1 episode 3: "Dee"
Airdate: August 28, 2022
"A mother evolves after she and her daughter escape violence and take refuge on a vintage steamboat; the peaceful ambience deteriorates when a coup attempt forces the mother to revisit her violent past in order to protect her child."
Starring Samantha Morton
Tales of the Walking Dead season 1 episode 4: "Amy/Dr. Everett"
Airdate: September 4, 2022
"In a nature documentary set in the "dead sector," a naturalist who studies walkers encounters a spirited settler; an unlikely respect is forged between the two as the settler tries to argue in favour of people taking back the land from the dead."
Starring Anthony Edwards, Poppy Liu
Tales of the Walking Dead season 1 episode 5: "Davon"
Airdate: September 11, 2022
"In a noir-ish fractured-memory thriller, a young stranger suddenly wakes up in a dangerous, foreign town with no memory of how he got there; he must piece together fragments of his broken mind to uncover why the townspeople accuse him of murder."
Starring Jesse T. Usher, Loan Chabanol
Tales of the Walking Dead season 1 episode 6: "La Dona"
Airdate: September 18, 2022
"A haunting tale of an apocalypse-traumatized couple who may or may not be tormented by a haunted house; frightening memories coupled with inexplicable phenomena in the house take a toll on the couple's psyche and their relationship."
Starring Daniella Pineda, Danny Ramirez
Tales of the Walking Dead season 1 photos
Tales of the Walking Dead release date
Tales of the Walking Dead premiered on Sunday, August 14, at 9 pm ET/PT on AMC and AMC Plus. AMC Plus subscribers can access new episodes a week early as a perk of subscribing to the streaming service.
We don't have an official airdate for UK viewers, but we'll pass along the information as it becomes available.
Tales of the Walking Dead plot
Here’s the official synopsis of Tales of the Walking Dead from AMC:
"Tales of the Walking Dead consists of six original one-hour standalone episodes focused on both new and established characters within the walker apocalypse. Each episode has its own distinct tone and point of view — but the stakes are high in each story, pushing new, indelible characters with relentless, life-threatening choices and situations. We get to see the apocalypse through different eyes, discovering more worlds, mythos and mysteries of the Walking Dead."
Tales of the Walking Dead cast
One of the things we’re really excited about when it comes to Tales of the Walking Dead is the cast. Since each episode is its own unique story, there’s a new group of characters to enjoy each week.
Samantha Morton is the only returning character who has been announced thus far. Morton played Alpha, the nefarious leader of the Whisperers, in seasons 9 and 10. Though her character was terrifying, evil and responsible for numerous deaths of beloved characters, Morton’s performance was stunning and it will be interesting to see where her story goes.
In addition to Morton, AMC released the names of several other cast members and the names of their characters. They include Olivia Munn (Evie), Terry Crews (Joe), Parker Posey (Blair), Anthony Edwards (Dr. Everett), Poppy Liu (Amy), Jillian Bell (Gina), Jessie T. Usher (Davon), Daniella Pineda (Idalia) and Danny Ramirez (Eric). Loan Chabanol and Embeth Davidtz have also been announced but the names of their characters have not been released.
While this is already an impressive list of actors, AMC hasn’t named everyone who will appear on the show at this point. In other words, hold your breath because we’re sure that there will be surprise cameos popping up throughout the series.
Tales of the Walking Dead showrunner and directors
Channing Powell, longtime writer and producer on The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, was tapped as the Tales of the Walking Dead showrunner. Powell will work closely with chief content officer of the TWD Universe, Scott M. Gimple.
Michael E. Satrazemis serves as one of the series’ producers, and he’ll also direct three episodes. Satrazemis started working on the flagship TWD series when it premiered in 2010 and has directed several episodes over the years. He also serves as the executive producer and occasional director on Fear the Walking Dead.
Haifaa al-Mansour, Deborah Kampmeier and Ron Underwood will also direct an episode apiece.
Tales of the Walking Dead trailer
The official trailer was released during San Diego Comic-Con and it didn't disappoint. Each story is a standalone story in the universe, and there's no question they're all very different from each other.
AMC released a new teaser ahead of San Diego Comic-Con to help build momentum for the new show.
Get your first look at #TalesOfTWD on July 22nd at #SDCC. pic.twitter.com/in2Jgn1d5qJuly 9, 2022
There's a teaser that reveals what this brave new world looks like.
How to watch Tales of the Walking Dead
Tales of the Walking Dead is available on AMC and AMC’s streaming service AMC Plus. AMC is included in most cable packages, as well as live TV streaming services like FuboTV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. But if you’ve cut the cord you can either subscribe to AMC Plus directly or add it to an existing streaming plan through Prime Video, Apple TV Plus and Roku.
We don't know for sure where Tales of the Walking Dead will be available for UK viewers but we're guessing it will be offered through Star on Disney Plus. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
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Sarabeth joined the What to Watch team in May 2022. An avid TV and movie fan, her perennial favorites are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, true crime documentaries on Netflix and anything from Passionflix. You’ve Got Mail, Ocean's Eleven and Signs are movies that she can watch all day long. She's also a huge baseball fan, and hockey is a new favorite.
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