Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: A Walker Bleeds From Her Eyes in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 5: “Internment”

The Walking Dead spin-off won’t debut on AMC until sometime in 2015, but that’s hardly going to stop us from reporting on and speculating about this highly-anticipated show. More companion show than spin-off, The Walking Dead executive producer and comic book creator Robert Kirkman has made it clear that this new project will have no crossover with the original show.

Back in October, fellow executive producer Gale Anne Hurd said an exact concept for the spin-off was “still being batted around,” but Robert knows exactly what he doesn’t want. “It’s a really different location with completely different people, so we are going to see an entirely different corner of The Walking Dead world,” Robert said. “It definitely won’t be set in Georgia, I can at least say that. It’s important to us that this show exists on its own. The spin-off has to be a show worthy of existing, or else we’ve all sold out. So that’s something we’re all working hard towards doing, and I think we can pull it off. I think that the ideal situation is, when you’re watching the spin-off, you’re like, 'Wow, this is a really awesome show.' The whole other show doesn’t need to exist for this show to be cool and stand on its own.”

As for exactly when it will take place, that seems like it’s still being determined as well. According to Robert, we could be in for a unique timeline. “It can be minute one [of the outbreak]; it can be the next-to-last minute," he said earlier this year. "We're very excited about being able to go anywhere we want to go as a starting point.”

The TWD cast has even offered up suggestions of their own. Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) would like it to take place in New York, while Emily Kinney (Beth) said she'd like the spin-off to show how people are dealing with walkers in a completely different environment. "Like, totally cold environment or like snow and Arctic,” she mentioned. “Or like in a different country, how are they dealing? I think that would be cool, just something totally opposite. How far has this reached? Is it just starting?”

Regardless of what shape the spin-off takes, everyone seems incredibly psyched and hopeful about it’s debut. In fact, Robert has even said that this new project has the potential to be greater than the original. “We’re all working behind the scenes right now to make sure it’s as awesome as it possibly can be,” he said 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?”

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