For a show that just technically called it quits, The Walking Dead isn’t showing much signs of death just yet. AMC Networks and Twitch today announced the creation of a new live streaming Twitch channel which will house a whole host of TWD content called The Walking Dead Universe.
The Walking Dead Universe will be an online location for fans to gather and discuss The Walking Dead franchise while taking in some live original content produced by AMC. The Twitch page is live now and advertising a “Launch Party” at 3 p.m. PT on Sept. 20. AMC has partnered with Hyper RPG, a media company that specializes in live streaming to keep things running smoothly.
“As the storytelling and characters that span The Walking Dead Universe continue to grow, so do the innovative ways we reach and engage with fans – both old and new – across social media and popular new platforms like Twitch,” said David Beck, AMC Networks’ head of programming strategy and business operations. “Sunday nights on Twitch are audience-first and fan-centric, and we are thrilled at this opportunity to build something new for passionate fans of The Walking Dead Universe.”
TWDU will launch with around 12 hours of original content a week, including “watchalongs” and other live shows. Here is the confirmed batch of features for The Walking Dead Universe in the coming weeks.
Launch Party: Sunday, September 20
For its first stream, TWDUniverse will kick off with a Launch Party featuring hosts/fans Clarke, Ronnetta and Dylan as they welcome fans into the TWDUniverse community to learn, play and discuss among the most authoritative voices on the franchise, as well as kick off a season 10 interactive marathon of The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead Catch Up: Sunday, September 20
The hosts will lead fans through select episodes of The Walking Dead season 10 and Fear The Walking Dead season 5, with real-time reactions as they watch and interact with the community, leading up to the much-anticipated premiere of episode 1016 on October 4.
Re-Watching Dead: Thursday, September 24
A weekly deep dive discussion show focusing on spoiler-filled exploration into past episodes of The Walking Dead — exploring both on-screen and behind-the-scenes stories. Fans will get to relive the first time they saw the show through interactive discussion of the story and dig deeper behind the scenes via interviews, behind-the-scenes moments, and interactive segments and games where they are part of the show.
World Beyond Celebration (name pending): Sunday, September 27
A variety show celebration of World Beyond composed of quick segments diving into cast interviews, BTS discussion, or fun and games with the audience. Framed around the idea of “youth,” many of the stitching comes from exploring what younger versions of Walking Dead characters would be like. Plus, it gives us a chance to get to know our hosts and guests better as they share stories from their high school years, as well.
TWD Sundays: Sunday, October 4 with four hours of continuous streaming content each week:
7:30pm – Recapping Dead Pre-Show – Hosts dive into recaps of the previous week’s episode, explore theories and give their best predictions and speculations before the new episode premieres on television.
9:00pm — Live Watch Party – During the episode, TWDUniverse will keep streaming on Twitch to create a live second screen experience for new episodes in The Walking Dead Universe with behind-the-scenes info pop-ups, interactions from the community and live host reactions.
11:00pm — After Show – Following the premiere of Talking Dead, fans can continue the discussion in a more informal, interactive space on Twitch, taking a deeper dive into the new episodes.
The Walking Dead series proper, of course, will be coming to an end with a super-sized 11th season in 2021. But as deals like this make clear, the franchise isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Spinoffs Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond live on and will be soon joined by a Daryl and Carol spinoff and Tales of the Walking Dead.