Walker
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Genre
Based on
Developed byAnna Fricke
Starring
Music byJeff Beal
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes38
Production
Executive producers
ProducerJohn K. Patterson
Production locationAustin, Texas
Running time43 minutes
Production companies
DistributorParamount Global Distribution Group[1]
Release
Original networkThe CW
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseJanuary 21, 2021 (2021-01-21) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsWalker: Independence

Walker is an American action crime drama television series developed by Anna Fricke for The CW. It is a reboot of the 1990s western drama television series Walker, Texas Ranger. The series was ordered straight to series in 2020, with Jared Padalecki playing the titular role. It premiered on January 21, 2021.[2]

In February 2021, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on October 28, 2021.[3][4] In March 2022, the series was renewed for a third season which is set to premiere on October 6, 2022.[5][6]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
118January 21, 2021 (2021-01-21)August 12, 2021 (2021-08-12)
220October 28, 2021 (2021-10-28)June 23, 2022 (2022-06-23)

Season 1 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [11]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [11]U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"Jessica YuAnna FrickeJanuary 21, 2021 (2021-01-21)2.44[12]
22"Back in the Saddle"Steve RobinAnna FrickeJanuary 28, 2021 (2021-01-28)2.11[13]
33"Bobble Head"Randy ZiskSeamus Kevin FaheyFebruary 4, 2021 (2021-02-04)1.86[14]
44"Don't Fence Me In"John T. KretchmerApril FitzsimmonsFebruary 11, 2021 (2021-02-11)1.73[15]
55"Duke"Steve RobinBret VandenBos & Brandon WillerFebruary 18, 2021 (2021-02-18)1.68[16]
66"Bar None"Amyn KaderaliCasey Fisher & Paula SabbagaMarch 11, 2021 (2021-03-11)1.33[17]
77"Tracks"Bola OgunCasey Fisher & Paula SabbagaMarch 18, 2021 (2021-03-18)1.45[18]
88"Fine is a Four Letter Word"Stacey K. BlackKatherine AlyseApril 8, 2021 (2021-04-08)1.03[19]
99"Rule Number 17"Steve RobinBret VandenBos & Brandon WillerApril 15, 2021 (2021-04-15)1.14[20]
1010"Encore"Stacey K. BlackBlythe Ann JohnsonMay 6, 2021 (2021-05-06)0.98[21]
1111"Freedom"Alex PillaiGeri CarilloMay 13, 2021 (2021-05-13)0.90[22]
1212"A Tale of Two Families"Steve RobinTeleplay by : Seamus Kevin Fahey & Anna Fricke
Story by : Seamus Kevin Fahey
May 20, 2021 (2021-05-20)1.00[23]
1313"Defend the Ranch"Alex PillaiTeleplay by : Seamus Kevin Fahey & Anna Fricke
Story by : Seamus Kevin Fahey
June 10, 2021 (2021-06-10)1.03[24]
1414"Mehar's Jacket"Diana ValentineCasey FisherJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)0.99[25]
1515"Four Stones in Hand"Tessa BlakePaula SabbagaJune 24, 2021 (2021-06-24)1.08[26]
1616"Bad Apples"Joel NovoaAaron CarewJuly 15, 2021 (2021-07-15)0.96[27]
1717"Dig"Richard Speight Jr.Seamus Kevin Fahey & Anna FrickeJuly 22, 2021 (2021-07-22)1.15[28]
1818"Drive"Steve RobinSeamus Kevin Fahey & Anna FrickeAugust 12, 2021 (2021-08-12)1.10[29]

Season 2 (2021–22)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [11]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [11]U.S. viewers
(millions)
191"They Started It"Steve RobinSeamus Kevin Fahey & Anna FrickeOctober 28, 2021 (2021-10-28)0.95[30]
202"The One Who Got Away"Richard Speight Jr.Seamus Kevin Fahey & Anna FrickeNovember 4, 2021 (2021-11-04)1.02[31]
213"Barn Burner"Joel NovoaAaron Carew and Blythe Ann JohnsonNovember 11, 2021 (2021-11-11)0.87[32]
224"It's Not What You Think"Jackeline TejadaCasey FisherNovember 18, 2021 (2021-11-18)0.85[33]
235"Partners and Third Wheels"Aprill WinneyGeri CarilloDecember 2, 2021 (2021-12-02)0.93[34]
246"Douglas Fir"Steve RobinBret VandenBos & Brandon WillerDecember 9, 2021 (2021-12-09)0.98[35]
257"Where Do We Go From Here?"Amyn KaderaliAnna Fricke & Katherine AlyseJanuary 13, 2022 (2022-01-13)0.99[36]
268"Two Points for Honesty"Bosede WilliamsBlythe Ann JohnsonJanuary 20, 2022 (2022-01-20)1.09[37]
279"Sucker Punch"Amyn KaderaliAaron CarewJanuary 27, 2022 (2022-01-27)1.04[38]
2810"Nudge"Steve RobinSeamus Kevin Fahey & Casey FisherMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)0.90[39]
2911"Boundaries"David McWhirterGeri CarilloMarch 10, 2022 (2022-03-10)0.85[40]
3012"Common Ground"Charissa SanjarernsuithikulMaya VyasMarch 31, 2022 (2022-03-31)0.96[41]
3113"One Good Thing"Ben Hernandez BrayBret VandenBos & Brandon WillerApril 7, 2022 (2022-04-07)0.91[42]
3214"No Such Thing As Fair Play"Jensen AcklesKatherine AlyseApril 14, 2022 (2022-04-14)0.85[43]
3315"Bygones"Philip HardageDavid JamesApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)0.70[44]
3416"Champagne Problems"Kelli WilliamsCasey Fisher & Blythe Ann JohnsonMay 5, 2022 (2022-05-05)0.67[45]
3517"Torn"America YoungAaron CarewJune 2, 2022 (2022-06-02)0.87[46]
3618"Search and Rescue"Austin NicholsTeleplay by : Bret VandenBos & Brandon Willer
Story by : Seamus Kevin Fahey & Bret VandenBos & Brandon Willer
June 9, 2022 (2022-06-09)0.90[47]
3719"A Matter of Miles"Tessa BlakeAaron Carew & Anna FrickeJune 16, 2022 (2022-06-16)0.88[48]
3820"Something's Missing"Steve RobinSeamus Kevin Fahey & Anna FrickeJune 23, 2022 (2022-06-23)0.84[49]

Production

Development

In September 2019, it was announced that a reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger starring Jared Padalecki was in development.[50] The CW picked up the project for its 2020–2021 development slate in October 2019.[51] In January 2020, it was announced that The CW had ordered the project directly to series, bypassing a television pilot, and would be titled Walker.[52] The series is written by Anna Fricke who is also expected to executive produce alongside Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore and Padalecki. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of CBS Television Studios and Rideback.[53] On February 3, 2021, The CW gave the series an additional five episodes bringing the total episodes for the first season to 18 episodes and renewed the series for a second season.[3] The second season premiered on October 28, 2021.[4] On March 22, 2022, The CW renewed the series for a third season which is scheduled to premiere on October 6, 2022.[5][6]

Casting

On February 5, 2020, it was announced that Lindsey Morgan had joined Walker in the role of Micki, Walker's new partner in the Texas Rangers.[54] The same month, Keegan Allen was cast in the role of Walker's brother, Liam,[55] while Mitch Pileggi and Molly Hagan were cast as Walker's father and mother, Bonham and Abeline, respectively.[56][57] On February 28, 2020, it was announced that Coby Bell had joined the series, playing the role of Texas Ranger Captain Larry James.[58] On March 4, 2020, Jeff Pierre was cast as a series regular.[59] On March 12, 2020, Violet Brinson and Kale Culley joined the cast as series regulars.[60] On September 14, 2020, Genevieve Padalecki, Jared Padalecki's wife, was cast in a recurring role.[61] On October 30, 2020, Odette Annable was cast in a recurring role.[62] In November 2020, Chris Labadie and Alex Landi joined the cast in recurring roles.[63][64] On December 4, 2020, Gabriela Flores was cast in a recurring role.[65] On January 7, 2021, Rebekah Graf joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[66] On February 19, 2021, Alex Meneses was cast in a recurring role.[67] On April 29, 2021, it was reported that Odette Annable was promoted as a series regular for the second season.[9] On August 31, 2021, it was announced that Dave Annable joined the cast in a recurring role for the second season.[68] On October 22, 2021, it was announced that Mason Thames will have a recurring role as Young Walker.[69] Jalen Thomas Brooks was also cast as Colton Davidson.[70]

Filming

During a meeting on October 15, 2020, the Austin City Council approved an agreement for $141,326 in incentives that would allow the reboot, Walker, to start filming in Austin.[71] The Texas Film Commission is planning to offer an incentive of $9.3 million.[72]

Release

Marketing

On December 14, 2020, The CW released the first official trailer for the series.[73]

Broadcast

Walker premiered on January 21, 2021, as part of The CW's 2020–21 television season.[2] In Canada, the series airs on the CTV Drama Channel, simulcast with The CW in the United States.[74]

Home media

Season No. of
episodes
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 18 October 26, 2021[75]

Prequel series

Further information: Walker: Independence

In December 2021, it was reported that a prequel series titled, Walker: Independence, was in development at The CW with Padalecki as executive producer and Fricke as showrunner.[76] A pilot order was confirmed in February 2022.[77] Larry Teng would direct the pilot,[78] Justin Johnson Cortez was cast as a series regular,[79] and Barr was also cast as Hoyt Rawlins.[80] In March 2022, it was announced that Katherine McNamara had been cast in the lead role. She will be portraying Abby Walker, the ancestor of Padalecki's Cordell Walker.[81] Also that month, Lawrence Kao, Greg Hovanessian, Philemon Chambers and Katie Findlay joined the cast as series regulars.[82][83][84] In May 2022, The CW picked up the series for a fall premiere and paired it with its parent series in a Thursday time slot.[85][86] In June 2022, Gabriela Quezada was cast as a series regular.[87] It is scheduled to premiere on October 6, 2022.[88]

Reception

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 33% based on 18 critic reviews, with an average rating of 4.93/10. The website's critic consensus states, "Despite decent performances, Walker's bland storytelling and limited action fails to fill its namesake's butt-kicking boots."[89] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100 based on 8 critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[90]

Ratings

The Walker pilot marked The CW's most-watched telecast since January 30, 2018, and its most-watched season premiere since The Flash (season 4) in October 2017. The premiere also garnered the highest viewership for any episode in its time slot in four years, since the airing of the "Invasion!" episode of the show Legends of Tomorrow.[91] It also attracted the largest Live+7-day viewership for a new series since 2016's Legends of Tomorrow.[92]

Overall

Viewership and ratings per season of Walker
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Thursday 8:00 pm[11] 18 January 21, 2021 (2021-01-21) 2.44[12] August 12, 2021 (2021-08-12) 1.10[29] 2020–21 110 2.54[93]
2 20 October 28, 2021 (2021-10-28) 0.95[30] June 23, 2022 (2022-06-23) 0.84[49] 2021–22 TBD TBD

Season 1

Viewership and ratings per episode of Walker
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" January 21, 2021 0.4 2.44[12] 0.3 1.27 0.7 3.71[92]
2 "Back in the Saddle" January 28, 2021 0.3 2.11[13]
3 "Bobble Head" February 4, 2021 0.3 1.86[14]
4 "Don't Fence Me In" February 11, 2021 0.2 1.73[15] 0.3 1.18 0.5 2.91[94]
5 "Duke" February 18, 2021 0.2 1.68[16] 0.3 1.15 0.5 2.82[95]
6 "Bar None" March 11, 2021 0.3 1.33[17] 0.3 1.09 0.6 2.43[96]
7 "Tracks" March 18, 2021 0.3 1.45[18]
8 "Fine is a Four Letter Word" April 8, 2021 0.2 1.03[19] 0.3 1.08 0.5 2.11[97]
9 "Time. Place. Collateral." April 15, 2021 0.2 1.14[20]
10 "Encore" May 6, 2021 0.1 0.98[21] 0.2 0.86 0.3 1.84[98]
11 "Freedom" May 13, 2021 0.1 0.90[22] 0.2 0.88 0.3 1.78[22]
12 "A Tale of Two Families" May 20, 2021 0.2 1.00[23] 0.2 0.82 0.4 1.82[23]
13 "Defend the Ranch" June 10, 2021 0.2 1.03[24] 0.2 0.84 0.4 1.86[24]
14 "Mehar's Jacket" June 17, 2021 0.1 0.99[25] 0.2 0.80 0.3 1.78[25]
15 "Four Stones in Hand" June 24, 2021 0.2 1.08[26] 0.2 0.84 0.4 1.93[26]
16 "Bad Apples" July 15, 2021 0.1 0.96[27] 0.1 0.74 0.3 1.71[27]
17 "Dig" July 22, 2021 0.2 1.15[28] 0.2 0.84 0.3 1.98[28]
18 "Drive" August 12, 2021 0.1 1.10[29] 0.1 0.76 0.3 1.86[29]

Season 2

Viewership and ratings per episode of Walker
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "They Started It" October 28, 2021 0.1 0.95[30] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "The One Who Got Away" November 4, 2021 0.1 1.02[31] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Barn Burner" November 11, 2021 0.1 0.87[32] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "It's Not What You Think" November 18, 2021 0.1 0.85[33] 0.1 0.80 0.2 1.65[99]
5 "Partners and Third Wheels" December 2, 2021 0.1 0.93[34] 0.1 0.87 0.3 1.80[100]
6 "Douglas Fir" December 9, 2021 0.2 0.98[35] 0.1 0.71 0.3 1.69[101]
7 "Where Do We Go From Here" January 13, 2022 0.1 0.99[36] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Two Points for Honesty" January 20, 2022 0.1 1.09[37] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Sucker Punch" January 27, 2022 0.1 1.04[38] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "Nudge" March 3, 2022 0.1 0.90[39] TBD TBD TBD TBD
11 "Boundaries" March 10, 2022 0.1 0.85[40] 0.1 0.76 0.2 1.61[102]
12 "Common Ground" March 31, 2022 0.1 0.96[41] 0.1 0.64 0.2 1.60[103]
13 "One Good Thing" April 7, 2022 0.1 0.91[42] 0.1 0.71 0.2 1.61[104]
14 "No Such Thing As Fair Play" April 14, 2022 0.1 0.85[43] 0.1 0.70 0.2 1.56[105]
15 "Bygones" April 28, 2022 0.1 0.70[44] TBD TBD TBD TBD
16 "Champagne Problems" May 5, 2022 0.1 0.67[45] TBD TBD TBD TBD
17 "Torn" June 2, 2022 0.1 0.87[46] TBD TBD TBD TBD
18 "Search and Rescue" June 9, 2022 0.1 0.90[47] TBD TBD TBD TBD
19 "A Matter of Miles" June 16, 2022 0.1 0.88[48] TBD TBD TBD TBD
20 "Something's Missing" June 23, 2022 0.1 0.84[49] TBD TBD TBD TBD

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