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AMC's Walking Dead Spin-Off Premise Revealed?

The Walking Dead Spin-OffAMC has promised that its in-the-works Walking Dead spin-off will shed light on a new, previously unseen corner of the zombie apocalypse — perhaps one where the living outnumber the undead.

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There’s increasing buzz that the offshoot will be a prequel of sorts, one that would chronicle the early days of the epidemic and the effort to contain it. (An AMC rep declined to comment.)

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In a recent interview with IGN, series creator Robert Kirkman — who is shepherding the spin-off along with fellow Walking Dead EPs Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert — confirmed that the new series will be set in a “different location” and feature “completely different people,” adding. “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.”

Insiders caution that the project is in the very early stages of development and nothing is set in stone. Translation: Even if this is the plan, it could very well change. AMC is eying a 2015 launch for the show so there’s no rush.

Thoughts? Does the idea of a prequel-ish Walking Dead — following an entirely new cast of characters — appeal to you? Hit the comments!

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106 Comments
  1. Cam says:

    I do not want them to do a prequel. I agree with Robert Kirkman that how it happened doesn’t matter. This world isn’t about how things happened it is about how people survive and maintain their humanity in this environment. I feel like a prequel would cheapen that somehow. I would love to see a story about a community surviving on their own in this world. It would provide the human to human contact it would also open the doors for us to see more human villains like the Governor.

  2. Make a series that takes place about 6 months before the outbreak, then lead them through trials and tribulations trying to keep the shift from hitting the fan…. after that, the arc that drives them in search of a child born to a mother who had turned while the baby was born…. this will provide the cure and a way to heal the world…. have this series harbor on faith and hope

    …. this brings you to the sheriffs child, on the current series have then head west, to where the new series takes place…. you can figure the rest of the story arc out from there. Drive this series on the current basis of hopelessness and a loss of faith…

    Both series could end with the same conclusion….. balance.

  3. Matt D. Mako says:

    How can we get the Walking Dead to film in Detroit? There should be enough abandoned infrastructure to work with, and Detroit could use the business, and the exposure.

  4. Dennis says:

    I still think the best direction to go in is to follow those survivors who splintered from the main group but we never found out their destiny. You have Morales and his family headed to Florida, as well as the group that had the nursing home set up in the warehouse. There is your tie in as well as a jump off for a new series. You could even have Carol retrace her steps and run into these individuals.

  5. phil says:

    Yes more zombies and people dealing with them here in Utah we have a self reliance and skilled tradesman weapons and a history of working together… I’m sure we would make a “safe” place.

  6. joe says:

    I would like to see how this plays out in the hood. . Say South Central la.. east la.. It was cool the first season when those cholo’s were protecting the old. I think they would put up a better fight for obvious reasons and there would be crazy crime going on to keep things interesting. . Don’t look up to that kinda crap but I think it could make for a good show unlike anything out there

  7. Charlotte Lewis says:

    I enjoy TWD and do my best to suspend reality while watching;Otherwise I couldn’t have fun getting freaked out. That said I wish any new show could actually address some of the things that if I think about it, really big me. Like wouldn’t Nuclear power plants malfunction and blow up? Wouldn’t the grass along all the roads be overgrown pretty quickly without road crews cutting it? And any neighborhoods would have very overgrown yards with weeds creeping up the walls and covering fences . It has after all been over a year since the outbreak. How is it they can drive down roads and not spend days moving cars out of the way. I think the roads would be impassible. Wouldn’t whole towns be burned down as houses catch fire with no one to get the fires under control? The list goes on and on. People who suggest a spin off that gives hope to the zombie apocalypse don’t understand the whole point is there is no hope. Everyone on the show are walking dead, they just have enough humanity left to want to live as long as possible. The questions this show tries to deal with is how much of our decency and humanity are worth sacrificing to have that extra time? Rick on the show represents someone who refuses to give up civility and morality. Carol may or may not be a murderer but her character represents someone who wasn’t really alive before the EVENT but has risen to the occasion stronger and more practical in her approach, willing perhaps to cross lines that Rick is unwilling or unable to cross. Rick however is getting sicker and weaker for all his principles and Carol is getting stronger. We see different characters all of whom are shown to react individually to surviving in a world which over and over shows them has no hope left in it. That’s why it is an apocalypse that is being played out, not a winnable battle. That is why very early in the show we learn that everyone has been infected. The War was lost, now they are just choosing how they will die. Some chose to kill themselves because going on was too painful or pointless. Some go on for there children. If Carl dies it is most likely Rick will give in to death. Anyway I am going on too much. I vote yes for a spinoff and think the best idea was written previously which would be to film in a wasteland like Detroit. Anyone who wants to see what a real neighborhood would look like a couple years after the zombie apocalypse should watch some footage of neighborhoods in Detroit. If you have not done this, you are not aware of the future facing all of us in this dying Nation. Detroit is a blueprint of things to come.

    • Charlotte Lewis says:

      If anyone from TWD is reading these comments and if an urban landscape is being scouted, there are places like Pontiac near Detroit which are perhaps more manageable safety wise and have great opportunity for interesting filming. Deserted Malls, blocks and blocks of neighborhoods where only a few houses looked lived in which would make so much sense In that kind of world. Empty factories looking overgrown with weeds, the former Pontiac SilverDome previously The Lions stadium has a collapsed Dome and sits deserted just as any stadium with a Dome would have its roof collapse without the air system keeping it inflated. Fascinating possibilities. Detroit has pockets if gated communities within ghetto urban wastelands. These gated communities have incredible mansions. Some of these gated communities are deserted and some are in use. Look on Utube to see some of this fascinating glimpse of our future America.

  8. Cameron D. says:

    It would be awesome if they made it in New York!

  9. Someguy says:

    What if rick was in a coma the whole time and everything is just a delusion and he wakes up and everybody in the show was somebody who affected his life

  10. google says:

    There are so many dead cause the military killed everyone

  11. Heather Norman says:

    I feel that this is a fantastic idea!!! I also feel that it would amazing to see. The early stages of the epidemic, perhaps to understand what caused it, and the measures that were taken to contain it. U like the idea that it is in an entirely different location, however i feel it would have more impact with some portiin of a crossover. The new characters maybe arriving at a location that maybe daryl and beth recently burned down, or maybe the new cast stumbling across a blown up prison and finding articles that carol or carl left behind…i think it would instill more intrigue within the show. It would be neat to see the new cast witness a human turn into a walker, and then the viewers remember, ” omg, so thats how the bloated walker in the well, actually died!!!” I think this would make the walking dead and the new show stronger!!!! I love when shows bend parallels, and i feel that nost viewers enjoy it as well. It would strengthen both shows.

    • Heather Norman says:

      Also, i think the location would be great if it were sonewhat close to georgia…so a crossover in the future would be believable. ..like perhaps, new orleans, or Jacksonville…The walking dead has mebtiined in ab early episode that Jacksonville was over run…also, jacksonville hasnt been in many movies so the idea isnt run into the ground…Jacksonville is also the largest city in America. Milage wise and offers a variety of differnt landscapes

  12. lindsay says:

    Not sure if it is a good idea….just because it has to be as good as the original. If they do a spin off, it needs to be done with a different story line meaning it taking place with the government or a crew traveling to find a cure or something. Yeah….it would be cool to see with a different cast in a different city but realistically, the story line is going to be the same as Atlanta…..trying to survive.

  13. Marchellmay may says:

    I readily like the movie walk dead.

  14. Mark says:

    The more zombies the better!

  15. Does this mean that TWD will end???!!!

  16. JEANNA says:

    I just want to know what happens to Rick, Carl, and the baby. Plus darrel and Michon.

  17. Valerie Jagneaux says:

    I’ll take ANYTHING Walking Dead. Make 5 sinoffs!

  18. Walker Bait says:

    A spinoff “prequel” could be just the shot of adrenalin this series needs at this point, but it would spice things up IF at least a few of the marginal or now deceased characters in TWD series made an appearance in the new series. Makes a stronger emotional connection for fans.

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