Just as Season Four of The Walking Dead is reaching its conclusion on Sunday evening, AMC has announced that there is a companion series in the works with a brand-new cast and location that will premiere late in 2014. So far, there is no title for the proposed series, and not much has been revealed about it.
The new series will be about how another group of survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse in a different region of the United States deals with similar situations that confront the cast of The Walking Dead. It won’t technically be a spin-off, as none of the cast member of The Walking Dead will be in the new series.
The new series will likely prove to be a big success, as long as the cast is made up of great actors and actresses, and the writing is as strong as the writing of The Walking Dead episodes. There are signs that this will be the case, as the executive producer of the series will be Dave Erickson, who is the producer of Sons of Anarchy. Also, along with Robert Kirkman, who created The Walking Dead, he will be a co-writer of the new series.
Already, speculation and rumors about where the new series will be set have been running rampant on the Internet. Among the possible locations people have mentioned that the series might take place are Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, or possibly even in another country altogether.
Wherever the new setting will be for the upcoming AMC companion series to The Walking Dead, it definitely won’t be in Georgia, according to Robert Kirkman when he discussed this possibility with IGN.com in October. Kirkman believes that the difference in where the new series will be located will help it have its own identity.
If Oliver Twist was alive today, he’d say of a new version of the Walking Dead: “More, please!”
Zombie-loving fans are hungrily anticipating the new series of The Walking Dead like Oliver Twist does food, with a “More, please!” attitude.
While it’s cool to see just how many different ways the writers of The Walking Dead and, hopefully, the new series, can think up of dispatching walkers, it’s the powerful acting of the cast and the excellent writing that keeps fans tuning in week after week to watch. That’s why, assuming that all of these elements will also be present in the new series, fans are saying: “More, please!”
Fans also like to experience vicariously how they might respond to the situations that face Sheriff Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, Glenn, and the other survivors of the “Zombie Apocalypse” in The Walking Dead, if they were placed in similar situations.
What would they do, if they had to survive and fight against hordes of ravenous zombies? Would they be able to deal with the difficult choices that the survivors depicted in The Walking Dead have to make, like Carol’s decision of shooting Lizzie?
The new companion series to The Walking Dead is scheduled to premiere late in 2014, though the exact date has not yet been announced. News that there will be a companion series to The Walking Dead is enough to get the adrenaline flowing in the veins of rabid fans everywhere.
Written by: Douglas Cobb