As it stands right now, we actually know more about what the highly-anticipated spin-off of The Walking Dead will not include, as opposed to what we will be seeing on our television screens when the series bows on AMC sometime in 2015.
TWD creator Robert Kirkman, who will also executive produce the currently untitled spin-off, has made it clear that the companion show will have virtually no ties to the original show, other than the fact that they will both take place in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. Robert previously told Vulture, “I can say we’re not going to pull any characters from The Walking Dead, or the comics. It will be an all-new cast and an entirely new setting.”
But that doesn’t mean it won’t kick ass. In fact, Robert says the companion show could end up being better than TWD all together!
We’re all working behind the scenes right now to make sure it’s as awesome as it possibly can be,” he said back in October. “I think it may actually end up being more awesome than the original show. You never know, but that’s the competition right now: How can we make a spin-off worthy of existing and have it stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the original show?”
New intel from TVLine at least confirms that the spin-off could be a completely separate entity from the Mother Show. According to the site, there’s a ton of buzz suggesting that the spin-off will be a prequel of sorts. Though AMC declined to comment on these rumors, even Mr. Kirkman himself has hinted that the spin-off could have a unique timeline.
Late last month he talked to TV Guide about the spin-off’s timeline, noting, “It can be minute one [of the outbreak]; it can be it can be the next-to-last minute," he said. "We're very excited about being able to go anywhere we want to go as a starting point.”
TVLine adds that their buzz hints the spin-off would “chronicle the early days of the epidemic and the effort to contain it.”
However, it’s important to remember that with a debut over a year away, the spin-off is still in the very early stages, and plot details are of course subject to change.
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