The Walking Dead: Dead City — next episode, review, cast, plot, trailer, everything we know about the Maggie and Negan spinoff

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan in The Walking Dead: Dead City
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan, The Walking Dead: Dead City (Image credit: Peter Kramer/AMC)

The world of The Walking Dead is expanding with the first of three new spinoffs coming to AMC. The Walking Dead: Dead City follows Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they venture to what’s left of New York City on a dangerous rescue mission. 

Now that the main flagship series has come to an end, several characters’ stories will continue through spinoffs. The Maggie-Negan spinoff will be followed by The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon starring Norman Reedus, coming later this year, and then the as-yet-untitled Rick and Michonne series starring Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira. It’s an exciting time to be a member of the TWD Family with so many new shows on the horizon. 

Here’s what you need to know about The Walking Dead: Dead City.  

Next episode of The Walking Dead: Dead City 

The Walking Dead: Dead City airs at 9 pm ET/PT on AMC and AMC Plus. 

The season finale airs July 23 and is titled "Doma Smo." Here's the episode description: "Tensions between Maggie and Negan come to a head; Ginny's search continues; questions arise around Armstrong's path forward."

Keep track of The Walking Dead: Dead City episodes with this handy guide:

The Walking Dead: Dead City episode 1: "Old Acquaintances"
"Maggie finds Negan, and they travel to Manhattan; a marshal named Armstrong follows Negan; we meet a quiet young girl named Ginny."

The Walking Dead: Dead City episode 2: "Who's There"
"Maggie and Negan encounter native New Yorkers; Armstrong revisits a trauma; Ginny attempts to adapt to change."

The Walking Dead: Dead City episode 3: "People Are a Resource"
"Dark instincts reveal themselves as Maggie and Negan form a strategy; Armstrong is tested; Ginny embarks on a daring journey."

The Walking Dead: Dead City episode 4: "Everybody Wins a Prize"
"Maggie and Negan carry out an attack, but not everything unfolds according to plan; Ginny and Armstrong each make unexpected contact with others."

The Walking Dead: Dead City episode 5: "Stories We Tell Ourselves"
"Truths are unearthed and motives are revealed as Maggie, Negan and the others travel further into the city's depths."

The Walking Dead: Dead City review

What to Watch had a chance to screen all six episodes of The Walking Dead: Dead City. We’d been excited about the premiere since seeing the trailer at WonderCon and interviewing Lauren Cohan, Gaius Charles and showrunner Eli Jorné, who referred to the TWD spinoff as a “trauma playground.”

If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead and all facets of the extended universe that have been building over the past few years. Dead City not only hits all of the right notes, but in my opinion it surpasses the other shows in a number of ways. 

A new world opens up with Dead City, and it’s a sandbox I’m very eager to explore. Some time has passed since the events of The Walking Dead finale, and a lot has changed. Maggie and Negan aren’t the same people they were when we last saw them; they still have their old baggage, and they have some new baggage as well. 

Dead City has the advantage of being filmed over a decade after The Walking Dead, the original juggernaut that started this whole mad journey into the zombie apocalypse. With that in mind, it has the benefit of new technology, new effects and — most importantly — the benefit of experience. 

Jorné, who worked as a writer on TWD, understands the complex dynamic between Maggie and Negan and doesn’t even try to sugarcoat the depth of Maggie’s loathing toward, or the desperation that drives her to work with him to save her son. Negan struggles as who he was before collides with who he is now, forcing a reckoning. Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan absolutely shine in the spinoff, breathing new life into characters that fans have come to know so well over the years. TWD newcomers Gaius Charles and Željko Ivanek lead a terrific cast of new characters who fit right into the TWD Universe. 

Dead City is dark, so much darker than any other TWD show to date. One of the things I was most excited to see was how a big city dealt with the apocalypse and the answer is pretty straightforward — they didn’t fare well. Kudos to the set designers and effects team who managed to turn an iconic city into a barren wasteland full of the undead and some of the most unsavory characters we’ve ever seen in this universe. (If you’ve been longing for a show that doesn’t take place in the woods — TWD Family, you know what I mean by this! — then Dead City is for you)

With six episodes to work with, the writing is tight and the action is focused. It’s a shame the season isn’t longer, but Jorné and his team make the most of every moment. Each episode flows well and builds delicious tension as the stakes continue to climb. 

The Walking Dead: Dead City is a welcome addition to the TWD Universe, and here’s to hoping that there’s a bright future in store for this fantastically dark spinoff. — Sarabeth Pollock 

Key art for The Walking Dead: Dead City

(Image credit: AMC)

The Walking Dead: Dead City episode titles

Take a look at the episode titles for the six-episode The Walking Dead: Dead City ahead of the season premiere:

Episode 1: "Old Acquaintances"
Episode 2: "Who's There?"
Episode 3: "People are a Resource"
Episode 4: "Everybody Wins a Prize"
Episode 5: "Stories We Tell Ourselves"
Episode 6: "Doma Smo" which is Croatian for "We Are At Home"

The Walking Dead: Dead City cast

Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are familiar faces around the TWD Universe. Though their characters in The Walking Dead don't get along (Negan killed Maggie's husband in season 7), they played husband and wife in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Morgan played Wayne family patriarch Thomas Wayne and Cohan played his wife, Martha. 

Cohan joined the show in season 2 and barring a brief departure from the series she was there through it all. Cohan is also known for roles in The Boy, Whiskey Cavalier and Mile 22.

Morgan might be best known for his role as the Winchester patriarch in Supernatural, but he's also starred in Watchmen, Grey's Anatomy and Rampage. He's also joining the cast of The Boys in season 4. 

Joining Cohan and Morgan in Dead City are Gaius Charles (Friday Night Lights), Zeljko Ivanek (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Karina Ortiz (The Long Road Home), Jonathan Higginbotham (Shining Vale), and Mahina Napoleon (NCIS: Hawai'i).

The Walking Dead: Dead City plot

Here’s the plot of The Walking Dead: Dead City from AMC: 

"Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) travel into a postapocalyptic Manhattan long ago cut off from the mainland. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty and terror."

The Walking Dead: Dead City trailer

Take a look at The Walking Dead: Dead City trailer below:

Previously released teasers feature Maggie's young son, Hershel, who has been taken and Negan (presumably) is the key to getting him back. Take a look:

How to watch The Walking Dead: Dead City

AMC is the home for all shows in The Walking Dead Universe and is usually included with a standard cable subscription. If you don’t have cable, you can watch AMC through live TV streaming services like YouTube TV, Fubo TV and Sling TV.

You can also watch the series on AMC Plus, which is a standalone service that can be accessed as an add-on channel on Prime Video, Apple TV Plus or Roku. The streaming service additionally allows you to watch content on your computer or mobile device. The biggest benefit of an AMC Plus subscription is that you’ll have the ability to view new episodes up to a week early.

Sarabeth Pollock
Editorial Content Producer


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.  

When she's not working, Sarabeth hosts the My Nights Are Booked Podcast and a blog dedicated to books and interviews with authors and actors. She also published her first novel, Once Upon an Interview, in 2022.