‘Walker: Independence’: Everything to Know About the Upcoming Spin-Off

by Allison Hambrick
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The CW recently announced that “Walker,” starring Jared Padalecki, will be receiving a spin-off called Walker: Independence. While details are scarce, the network shared some basic details about the series.

According to Deadline, the protagonist of Walker: Independence will be an affluent socialite named Abby Walker, whose husband is murdered as they venture to the west from Boston. While on a journey for revenge, she meets and befriends Hoyt Rawlins. The series is set in the frontier town of Independence, which hides secrets under its rustic facade.

As of yet, no casting details have been revealed. Walker: Indepence also does not have a release date. Some things are known, however. The series will air on The CW. Walker showrunner Anna Fricke is onboard the project, and Padalecki will executive produce.

How the series ties into Walker is unclear. However, the spin-off is set 100 years prior, so it’s possible that these are ancestors of characters we’ve met. Abigail could be Cordell’s great-great grandmother, and this Hoyt could be the namesake of the Hoyt in the current show. Much is still up in the air.

Walker Star’s Emotional Exit

Recently, Lindsey Morgan, who played Cordell’s partner Micki Ramirez, left Walker due to mental health concerns. The actress was suffering from burnout, and she needed to take some time to focus on herself.

“Me leaving was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life and it’s really interesting because my life can parallel Micki’s a lot, and this was kind of a similar instance,” said Morgan about her departure. “I really need to take the time to take care of myself and my well-being physically and emotionally and mentally, and reevaluate how I got to where I am and make some changes.”

Because of her own emotional journey, Micki’s storyline was changed to reflect her concerns about overexertion. Ambition can be good until you take on too much. Shifting what matters to you is nothing to be ashamed of.

“We don’t explore the priority shifting enough in honest and even subtle ways,” explained the Walker actress. “I think so many of us face a changing of priorities. Anna told me that my big arc for season 2 was Micki exploring, ‘Who am I now? Who am I now after these experiences, and why do I do what I do?’ It’s really examining the choices we make and the personas we create and the stories we tell ourselves.”

As for whether she’d return to Walker, Morgan only has one condition—that she and her character be in a better place.

“I really need my body and myself to be in the best possible place it can be,” said Morgan. “And I think that’s exactly what Micki’s doing now too.”