Fans will soon have proof that the survivors on “The Walking Dead” aren’t alone in the world after the post-zombie apocalypse. AMC greenlit a “The Walking Dead” spinoff of sorts; a companion series developed by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert set in the same universe as the other zombie show.
One of the key details in the announcement was the fact that, as Kirkman says, this new series “isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book.” That means fans shouldn’t expect this companion series to be related to the characters developed in the “The Walking Dead” graphic novel series, nor should they think the spinoff will be an adaptation of Kirkman’s novels like “Rise of the Governor.”
So what will the companion series be about? AMC hasn’t revealed the show’s title or any other details other than the fact it will premiere in 2015, but we’ve put together some of our hopes and dreams for the new “The Walking Dead” show that will set it apart from its predecessor.
Give it a different setting. “The Walking Dead” works great being set in and around the Atlanta area, but it’s time for something new. Set this spinoff series in the Pacific Northwest, or New England, or heck, even California. Or with “Breaking Bad” ending, maybe it’s time for a return to the desert. Wherever the companion show is set, just don’t let it also be in the rural South.
Return to urban life. If there’s anything we’ve learned from zombie movies and TV shows, it’s that the city is the worst place to be when the zombie apocalypse hits. With that being said, there’s something extra fun about seeing survivors hole up in supermarkets and malls and the like. The Atlanta urban storyline was short-lived in Season 1 of “The Walking Dead,” so hopefully this new show will involve a bit more city living.
Be more proactive about finding a way to survive the zombie apocalypse. “The Walking Dead” is more about its survivors avoiding their inevitable ends than finding ways to defy them. One of the biggest reveals of “The Walking Dead’s” zombie mythos is that everyone who is still alive is infected just like the walkers. While Dr. Jenner, the lone survivor at the CDC, committed suicide out of hopelessness in Season 1, there’s got to be someone out there trying to find a solution to this epidemic … right?
It’s time for a new family dynamic. Rick will continue to be a leader in Season 4 of “The Walking Dead,” but many of his storylines in the past have focused on being a family man. This new show should move away from that dynamic and either show a different type of a family life — or skip the focus on a family all together. The “family” should be the group of survivors, who hopefully have a different enough feel to the characters on “The Walking Dead” to keep them interesting.
More human enemies. “The Walking Dead” was at its best with the introduction of The Governor in Season 3. We know David Morrissey will be back as a series regular in Season 4, and hopefully this other show will have a similarly terrifying human villain in addition to the constant threat of walkers.
“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC with Season 4 on Oct. 13.