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How freakin’ cool is this? According to Deadline, AMC is developing a companion series to The Walking Dead, with a target launch date of 2015. Original producers Robert Kirkman (who also wrote the comics), Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are on board as executive producers, so this will be a fully legit spin-off.

“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Robert, Gale, and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

Did you catch that “entirely new story and cast of characters”? So maybe we’ll finally get the zombie apocalypse origin story, or maybe we’ll just leave the Atlanta area to see how this has affected others in the world. There are so many possibilities!

Robert Kirkman added, “After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

TWD already has a companion-ish show in Talking Dead, which airs after the show on Sunday nights with guest and cast/producer analysis. And AMC has been great with Walking Dead webisodes, to give a different perspective on the outbreak. But this sounds like a separate scripted show coming in 2015. Hopefully it can air during the sad time of year when the original Walking Dead is on hiatus (aka summer). That would give us year-round zombie content, and we’d just about die of happiness — then come right back to life!

Are you excited for a Walking Dead companion show? What would you want it to follow? Zombie apocalypse origin? Same timeline as Team Prison and company? The possibilities are endless!

The Walking Dead Season 4 premieres Sunday, October 13 on AMC.

Source: Deadline