AMC is pressing forward with its ‘The Walking Dead’ spin-off show, but increasingly, it’s becoming clear that this show will probably not have anything to do with the existing show. There is talk that the new show will actually be a prequel, filling in the gap from the time ‘The Walking Dead’ main character Rick Grimes was shot in the first episode only to wake up after the zombie outbreak. It’s even possible the show will focus on a time when the living outnumber the undead, as humanity attempts to contain the plague.
But since it is not set to air until 2015, things are still in the developmental stage. One thing that is certain is that the new show will absolutely not have any connection to the existing series. Robert Kirkman, the writer of the original comic book and one of the executive producers of the TV show stated that the new program will be set in a “different location” and feature “completely different people.” He specifically stated that “It definitely won’t be set in Georgia… It’s important to us that this show exists on its own. The spin-off has to be a show worthy of existing, or else we’ve all sold out.” Also spearheading the spin-off will be ‘The Walking Dead’ executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.
We’re a little more than a year away from seeing the new show, but what do you think? Are you intrigued about a show featuring a completely new cast, in a different location? I know that I, as a reader of the comics, am a little bit frightened by the prospect of something where I don’t have any idea of what to expect.
But the show has evolved into its own thing. Characters have gone in different directions. Some have lived longer, some have lived shorter. Story lines have varied in their execution. Plus with ‘Breaking Bad’ completed and ‘Mad Men’ ending, I’m sure AMC needs another sure fire hit. Since ‘The Walking Dead’ is the most popular show on the air right now, trying to clone it seems like the sensible thing to do. Do you agree?