For a while now, it has been rumored that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has been working on a companion series to the hit AMC show. And now, I am overjoyed to report that a pilot for said companion series has been officially ordered by AMC.
The series will feature brand new characters, and it will be set somewhere outside of Georgia, giving us a better perspective on how other people were affected by the zombie apocalypse. Personally, I would love for the show to be set somewhere outside of the U.S., perhaps somewhere in Europe.
'TWD' executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will be joining Kirkman. Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) has already been named showrunner. Both he and Kirkman wrote the script for the pilot episode, and it evidently impressed AMC executives.
AMC president Charlie Collier had this to say about the exciting news:
Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most. Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct. We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners.
That's great to hear! They definitely should proceed with caution, and be fully aware of the fact that it is imperative for the companion series, which has not been given a title yet, to be as original as possible. It will be set in the same universe as 'The Walking Dead,' but it also needs to feature new, distinct story lines. That is why I would love to see this set in Europe; it would give us a whole new perspective on the effects of the zombie apocalypse on humankind, as well as a chance to see how different groups of people from different cultures reacted to the outbreak. If possible, I would love to see the series shift to different locations from time to time, but that might be too much to ask for.
Kirkman spoke about that as well:
There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of The Walking Dead, and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them.
We, Mr. Kirkman, are most definitely excited to see what you all come up with! Production starts later this year, so we could expect this new series to debut sometime next year.
As for "The Walking Dead," it's fifth season debuts October 12th. Will Rick and the gang escape Terminus alive and relatively unscathed? Or, will Gareth and his gang of "Termites" be too much for Rick and co. to overcome? Don't miss it!!!
Will you be checking out the 'TWD' companion series?