Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Walkers in the Prison Yard on The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 4

Our favorite zombie show hit a big milestone on Friday, January 31, which could free up some time for The Powers That Be to focus on The Walking Dead spin-off (that isn’t really a spin-off).

The Walking Dead Season 4 returns to TV this Sunday, February 9 on AMC. Filming for the season finished in November, but the work doesn’t stop after the cameras stop rolling. E! News got a spin-off update from executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and her response is tied to the mothership show. "[The spin-off is] still in the very early stages because we've been focusing so much on The Walking Dead 1.0," Gale said. "We just finished mixing the last episode of the season on Friday so that's been taking all of our focus, as it should."

The Season 4 finale will air on March 30. Until then, the producers — including comic book and eventual spin-off writer Robert Kirkman — will still be busy promoting the second half of the season, and probably writing/planning Season 5, but at least now there may be a little more time to focus on the companion series. It’s supposed to show up next year, so they do need a plan … although Season 5 will be premiering in October, so even that may take priority over the spin-off.

Back in October, Robert Kirkman gave some early spin-off details to IGN: "Yeah, 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. 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. [...] 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."

We can’t wait for double doses of Dead! Are you more excited to see what comes next on the main show or the spin-off?

The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Sources: E! News, IGN