The Walking Dead spin-off announced

News Louisa Mellor 16 Sep 2013 - 16:50

A "companion series" to AMC's The Walking Dead is being developed for launch in 2015...

How about this for some news? Just as The Walking Dead is poised to enter its fourth season, AMC has announced its plans to extend the franchise with a brand new spin-off series.

"An entirely new story and cast of characters" is being planned for the proposed companion series to The Walking Dead. Announced today by AMC President Charlie Collier, the spin-off will provide "another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse".

Comic series creator and Executive Producer Robert Kirkman is to serve as EP on the new series alongside The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. Here's what Kirkman had to say about the in-development companion show:

“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

The first question has to be how this new series, planned for release in 2015, will distinguish itself from the existing drama? A blank page untethered to the events of the comic book presents infinite storytelling possibilities of course, but why distil them into a separate series rather than integrate them with what already exists? What form will the companion series take (duration, tone, crossover potential)? And ultimately, what does this mean for the future of The Walking Dead?

We'll keep you updated as more arrives.

The Walking Dead season four begins on AMC on Sunday the 13th of October.


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Walking Dead: Miami - 'these guys... are dead interested in us'

I kinda want to pre-call it - It'll be an adaption of the video game.

Merle: From The Rooftop To Woodbury

Read the letterhacks pages from the comic and Kirkman has always been anti spin off and showed no interest what so ever regarding events else where away from his established group. TV show and he's excited! Smells of hypocrisy and sellout to me now he's flogging this corpse to death.

plenty of corpses to flog in TWD :)

'Better Call Hershel' ?

It should be filmed in Burnley(dingle town) Lancashire as theyd save a fortune by not having to use zombie make up on the extras, they can just use the locals(though technically the locals are all 12 fingered mutants, not zombies)

35 years!!!hahaha

Perhaps this spinoff will improve on the missed opportunity that this show has become, like showing us how the first people turned. God, this show takes a long time for anything important to happen.

The Walking Cuban


In may 1980, Fidel Castro opened the harbor at Mariel, Cuba, with the apparent intention of letting some of his people, join their relations in the United States. Within seventy-two hours, 3,000 U.S. boats were heading for Cuba. It soon became evident that Castro was forcing the boat owners to carry back with them not only their relations, but the dregs if his jails... and zombies. Of the 125,000 refugees that landed in Florida, an estimated 25,000, had criminal records. And were zombies.

...they are unwilling to adapt to our spirit of revolution...
We don't want them! We don't need them! We.. what are you doing?? Get back! Guards, stop them! Not me, them! I gave you an order! Let go...AAAAAHHHHHHH---!!!!

Starring Dave Batista as the anatomically correct titular hero.

"Here, Carlitos Wayne, take my hat. Chane, che's no for jou, okay?"

"Boss, Sosa's got the jail surrounded! And he has an eyepatch! What are jou doin in a hottub mayn!"

"Fly little pelicans! What? Oh, Herchel, i didnt hear jou, i got octopus comin out of my ears mayn. Don't worry, I live in this one. It's only season 1"

They barely have enough good content for 13 epsidoes of the current show and Kirkmans comic has been average for a long time now. It's a ratings winner, so I guess it's a no-brainer for amc.

This! My Name is Merle. LOL

HA HA you win :D

It'll be a Saturday morning cartoon called "Officer Rick and the All-American Forces of Freedom". They'll go around throwing eagles at zombies.

It'll be bloody marvellous.

Before he was ousted Frank Darabont had the idea of doing a standalone episode which followed a group of soldiers through the start of the outbreak in Atlanta with each member gradually meeting their fate until the last one is bitten and takes refuge in a tank where he dies, turning just as Rick enters it, thus tying it to the end of the first episode.

I think any kind of companion series would do well to be a collection of tales like this that tie in with the charachters from the main series.

His idea was to have one wildcard episode like this each series which the other showrunners didn't like, ironic now that they all want to do an ofshoot series.

Awesome. Hopefully it concentrates on the initial outbreak of the disease, or in the future when they try to repopulate the country and it goes wrong, like 28 Weeks Later movie .

It'd be great to think this would be set outside the US, and see how the plague is affecting other parts of the planet. Selfishly, the UK would be my ideal choice. Perhaps we could have Americans in the main roles rocking British accents as revenge for the ex-Pats in the current show! ;o)

Are you kidding?! It's got a freaking TIGER in it

Just from reading your post, I can tell you that your writing talent-level is head and shoulders above the actual writers of the show.

If only I could breakdance too.

Lee & Clementine

You hit the nail on the head. This show represents everything that is wrong with American television. If it's a ratings winner, who cares if it's any good....let's make more. If this show was made in the UK, they would've made 2 seasons and been done with it, and it would've been 10 times better. This is my opinion as a resident of North America.

Hmm, I call it 'The Yawning Dead', it's so boring when it should be so exciting! I suffered through season 3, but I doubt I will watch season 4.

Diagnosis Merele-der.


Or they could use Bushmills in Northern Ireland. According to a U.N. report it is the most inbred townland in western europe. That's not a fact they use when promoting the whiskey though.

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