The Walking Dead’s Getting a Spin-Off
AMC’s got a fever and the only cure is more spin-offs. Looking for new high-quality, and highly viewed, programming led to AMC ordering the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul. Now, AMC is going to another of their big series for a new show. This time, they’re working on a new spin-off series for The Walking Dead.
AMC doesn’t want you to call the new TWD show a spin-off but a companion series. The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will also hold the same titles on this new series.
While the “companion show” is still early in development, AMC has already said that the series will be about a new group of survivors. How the new show may tie into the original TWD series has yet to be disclosed. AMC has said that they’re targeting a premiere date in 2015.
While The Walking Dead TV series has fielded complaints from fans of the comic series about how it’s deviated from the source material, Kirkman says that he’s approaching the new series as a clean slate. In a release, Kirkman said, “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.”
I believe that I’m on the record repeatedly noting my disappointment with the third season finale of TWD but I’m willing to give everyone involved with the spin-off a chance to prove themselves here. After all, by not tethering the plot, characters or expectations to the comic book, the free reign provided could give us some interesting results. I think that balancing having their own identity with being true-ish to the comics hurt the prime TWD TV series. Just keeping the zombie apocalypse but setting off on their own adventure in the spin-off gives us a series with a lot of potential.