AMC has signed two key cast members to what sources describe as groundbreaking multiple-year "franchise/universe" deals.
Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol) have signed rich new deals with AMC.
The pacts will cover three years of the franchise as a whole.
Reedus will make $350,000 per episode on top of additional guarantees and advances in a deal that could be worth anywhere from $50 million to $90 million.
McBride will score an estimated $20 million over three years.
They can move freely among new projects in The Walking Dead universe.
Danai Gurira is in negotiations with AMC for a similar pact that could be complicated by her status as a breakout actress.