“The Walking Dead: Dead City is just around the corner, marking the first spinoff after the main series concluded. The new show follows the journey of Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they venture into a desolate and zombie-infested Manhattan in search of Maggie’s kidnapped son, Hershel, who is held captive by an enigmatic villain known as the Croat.
The setting of Manhattan offers a fresh and unique backdrop for the series, distinct from the quiet forests of Georgia. Lauren Cohan recently spoke to The New York Post, sharing her thoughts on the new surroundings: “It’s a different kind of beauty, empty and desolate. You develop your own personal connection with the city,” she explained.
New York City has been a popular choice for destruction onscreen, and Dead City draws inspiration from John Carpenter’s cult classic film, Escape From New York. Cohan hinted at the challenges posed by the city’s dense population, leading to the need for creative ways to handle massive hordes of walkers.
Notably, Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have taken on additional roles as executive producers for The Walking Dead: Dead City. This marks Cohan’s first foray into behind-the-scenes work, and she expressed her enthusiasm for being involved in post-production. From observing editors to shadowing directors, she relishes being part of every creative decision-making process, including the intricate details such as designing functional yet visually impressive weapons that suit the characters. The experience has been a tremendous learning opportunity for her.
Although Cohan played a central role throughout her ten-season tenure on The Walking Dead, she emphasized her preference for being recognized as part of a team rather than seeking personal stardom. She stated, “If I can work in a world where I never have to take all the credit or shoulder all the responsibility but still be part of a team, that would make me happy.”
While the first season of Dead City comprises only six episodes, which may seem insufficient to tell a complete story, Cohan hinted at the potential for future seasons. The changing landscape of television makes it a bit more uncertain, but the team is optimistic and hopeful that the show’s success will pave the way for a second, third, fourth, or even fifth season. They believe they have only scratched the surface and are eager to expand on the story they’ve started.
The Walking Dead: Dead City is set to premiere on June 18, airing on AMC.”
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