While the zombie train has been running for quite some time now, there is one thing that has come along in the past few years that has surpassed most attempts to cash-in on the undead hordes. AMC’s The Walking Dead, based on the Image comics series of the same name, is heading into it’s fourth season this October, but that’s not the only news AMC has about their post-apocalypse phenomenon. It was announced last week that the cable giant is in the early stages of developing what they have referred to as a “companion series” to the tales of Rick, Daryl and the rest of the Georgia crew.
Robert Kirkman, the writer and creator of the comic book series, has held an executive producer role on the show since the beginning, and has now been announced as an executive producer on the spin-off as well along with fellow Dead producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. “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.” Kirkman said in AMC’s announcement last week.
The spin-off series, which is currently untitled, is promised to include a new story, setting, and cast of characters to get a different perspective on the fall of society at the hands and jaws of the undead. The show has been slated with a 2015 premiere, giving ample time for the original series to explore plenty of territory.
With what will essential amount to two years between now and the series premiering, many wonder if the spin-off will instead act as a replacement for the original series, as AMC is currently doing with flag-ship series Breaking Bad and it’s prequel spin-off Better Call Saul. Though this has not been confirmed or denied, the idea of a separate show set in a different place and time within the same world created for The Walking Dead seems like something that could offer more in the long run than spinning off on one character. Although, if fans had it their way, Daryl Dixon would already have his own show. Only time will tell if these spiritual successors can capture what each original series has achieved thus far.
The fourth season of The Walking Dead premieres at 9:00 p.m. on October 13th, on AMC. For more on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman and AMC, check back here to DiaboliqueMagazine.com.