Walker: Independence
Genre
Based onWalker
by Anna Fricke
Developed bySeamus Kevin Fahey & Anna Fricke
Starring
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producers
Production locationSanta Fe, New Mexico
Running time43 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkThe CW
ReleaseOctober 6, 2022 (2022-10-06) –
March 2, 2023 (2023-03-02)
Related
Walker

Walker: Independence is an American western television series developed by Seamus Kevin Fahey and Anna Fricke for The CW. It is a prequel to the television series Walker, which also airs on The CW. The series stars Katherine McNamara in the lead role, along with Matt Barr as Hoyt Rawlins and Katie Findlay as Kate Carver, with Greg Hovanessian, Philemon Chambers, Justin Johnson Cortez, Lawrence Kao, and Gabriela Quezada also starring.[1] It aired from October 6, 2022 until March 2, 2023 on The CW. In May 2023, the series was canceled after one season.

Premise

Set in the late 1800s, this origin story follows Abby Walker, an affluent Bostonian whose husband is murdered before her eyes while on their journey out West, as she crosses paths with Hoyt Rawlins, a lovable rogue in search of purpose. Abby and Hoyt's journey takes them to Independence, Texas, a small town with a big future.[2]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Guests

Production

Development

In December 2021, it was reported that a prequel series titled, Walker: Independence, was in development with Jared Padalecki as executive producer and Anna Fricke as showrunner.[3] The CW was pleased with the pilot episode and gave a full series order in May 2022 for a fall premiere, pairing it with its parent series in a Thursday time slot.[4] Fricke developed the story with Seamus Fahey, who wrote the pilot teleplay.[5] On May 9, 2023, The CW canceled the series after one season.[6] Speaking on the cancellation, Padalecki stated that the series was being shopped around to other outlets.[7] On June 9, 2023, it was reported that it had failed to find anyone who would pick it up.[8]

Casting

In February 2022, Justin Johnson Cortez was cast as a series regular,[9] and Matt Barr joined the cast as Hoyt Rawlins.[10] In March 2022, it was announced that Katherine McNamara had been cast in the lead role of Abby Walker, the ancestor of Padalecki's Cordell Walker.[11] In June 2022, Gabriela Quezada was cast as a series regular.[12]

Filming

The pilot for the series was filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico in early 2022. Filming for the remainder of the season began in and around Santa Fe on July 18, 2022.[13]

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Larry TengTeleplay by : Seamus Kevin Fahey
Story by : Seamus Kevin Fahey & Anna Fricke
October 6, 2022 (2022-10-06)0.62[14]
2"Home to a Stranger"Larry TengSeamus Kevin FaheyOctober 13, 2022 (2022-10-13)0.60[15]
3"Blood & Whiskey"Larry TengMichael Carnes & Josh GilbertOctober 20, 2022 (2022-10-20)0.51[16]
4"Pax Romana"Sheelin ChokseyNicki RennaOctober 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)0.52[17]
5"Friend of the Devil"Carol BankerNick ZiglerNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)0.54[18]
6"Random Acts"Clara AranovichMia Katherine IversonNovember 10, 2022 (2022-11-10)0.47[19]
7"The Owl and the Arrow"Cierra "Shooter" GlaudéRyan HarrisNovember 17, 2022 (2022-11-17)0.50[20]
8"The Death of Mary Collins"Pamela RomanowskyMargaret LebronJanuary 12, 2023 (2023-01-12)0.44[21]
9"Strange Bedfellows"Sheelin ChokseyGrace DingJanuary 19, 2023 (2023-01-19)0.46[22]
10"All In"David McWhirterLaura SedlakJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)0.46[23]
11"The Pittsburgh Windmill"Geoff ShotzMichael Carnes & Josh GilbertFebruary 16, 2023 (2023-02-16)0.45[24]
12"How We Got Here"Sheelin ChokseySeamus Kevin Fahey & Nicki RennaFebruary 23, 2023 (2023-02-23)0.45[25]
13"Let Him Hang"Yangzom BrauenSeamus Kevin Fahey & Nicki RennaMarch 2, 2023 (2023-03-02)0.44[26]

Release

Broadcast

Walker: Independence premiered on October 6, 2022, on The CW[27] and aired its series finale on March 2, 2023.[28]

Home media

Season No. of
episodes
DVD release dates Blu-ray release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13 July 4, 2023[29]

Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 71% based on 7 critic reviews, with an average rating of 7/10.[30] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 63 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[31]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of Walker: Independence
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" October 6, 2022 0.1 0.62[14] 0.0 0.49 0.1 1.11[32]
2 "Home to a Stranger" October 13, 2022 0.1 0.60[15] 0.0 0.52 0.1 1.13[33]
3 "Blood & Whiskey" October 20, 2022 0.1 0.51[16] 0.1 0.46 0.1 0.97[34]
4 "Pax Romana" October 27, 2022 0.0 0.52[17] 0.0 0.49 0.1 1.02[35]
5 "Friend of the Devil" November 3, 2022 0.1 0.54[18] 0.0 0.49 0.1 1.03[36]
6 "Random Acts" November 10, 2022 0.1 0.47[19] 0.0 0.47 0.1 0.95[37]
7 "The Owl and the Arrow" November 17, 2022 0.1 0.50[20] 0.0 0.42 0.1 0.93[38]
8 "The Death of Mary Collins" January 12, 2023 0.1 0.44[21] 0.0 0.45 0.1 0.89[39]
9 "Strange Bedfellows" January 19, 2023 0.1 0.46[22] 0.0 0.37 0.1 0.83[40]
10 "All In" January 26, 2023 0.1 0.46[23]
11 "The Pittsburgh Windmill" February 16, 2023 0.1 0.45[24]
12 "How We Got Here" February 23, 2023 0.1 0.45[25]
13 "Let Him Hang" March 2, 2023 0.0 0.44[26]

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