I have followed The Walking Dead since its start. When the pilot episode aired, I knew it was an awesome concept for a show. It's so many things I want in an apocalyptic story. Unfortunately, a huge chunk of the fan base is growing tired of season after season of The Walking Dead. I find myself looking for the one great episode per season. There is just too much filler in the episodes, and just when you’re about to give up, they give you something special, normally the finale, to keep you wondering through the off season.
George Romero spent some time hating on the Walking Dead. I’m sure there is some animosity there, as the godfather of zombies has been overtaken by Robert Kirkman's genre giant. While so many people credit George Romero with a lot in the genre, the father of zombies as we know them, just hasn’t found a way to tell a quality story since their conception. All of his films are just regurgitated retakes of the same stuff. Maybe that’s going to change with this new story, who knows. But one thing is clear, he hates the Walking Dead, and just might give to people what Walking Dead lovers have been craving from the most popular show on television, good, consistent, exciting, and quality storytelling. The Walking Dead is great, don't get me wrong, but I've been more frequently left with disappointment in recent seasons.
I am interested to find out which network will be hosting the new EMPIRE OF THE DEAD show. If it’s local, I won't have much hope. Fans will reject the show from before its start it doesn't at least match The Walking Dead's gore. I want this show to be dark and gritty. I think Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain is doing a solid job on FX, and the dark nature of the show with its growing interest and quality.
The idea of bringing zombies and vampires to the same universe is definitely interesting, it’s one of the reasons I watch The Strain, in addition to del Toro having written it and Kevin Durand starring in it. I know, The Strain is a combination of zombie and vampire, but I would also like to see how zombies, vampires, and humans would all exist in the same apocalyptic universe.
I love the artwork attached to the project so far, and I hope Marvel produces this project with similar quality seen in their last series endeavor with Netflix in Daredevil. It will happen shy of the Walking Dead’s spin-off, so there will be a lot of competition for a new series.