Zombie Apocalypse Rising: Walking Dead Spin-Off Gets A Premiere And A Second Season

Credit: AMC
Credit: AMC

Good news, fellow Deadheads, there is plenty of The Walking Dead goodness coming our way. The anticipated spin-off has been ordered for two seasons. The first season will air late this summer, and the second season airing next year.

The show will follow a whole new group in Los Angeles and show viewers a different side of the zombie apocalypse not shown in the main show. It will star Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam-Carey.

The showrunner, Robert Kirkman, says that they haven’t scratched the surface of the Walking Dead world yet.

“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” Kirkman said. “I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story.”

With such a successful show as The Walking Dead, it is risky to have a spin-off show. There is always the chance that it is too much like the first one. People won’t connect with it as well as they did the original, therefore, resulting in a flop. There are a million reasons why a spin-off show isn’t going to be as good as the original.

What intrigues me with this spin-off is that we are going to see a different side to the world that Kirkman has created. Going by what Kirkman said, we are going to get that same Walking Dead feel. The show will be something new to supplement the world, so we have two sides to the story. In a world like this not everyone is going to have the same experiences, so it will be good to see how other people in a different part of the country is surviving.

There hasn’t been any titles given to the show yet, but there were rumors that it could be titled Fear The Walking Dead or Cobalt has also been mentioned in the press.

The first season will be six episodes long and premieres this summer.

This will be a good way to tide us over during the long hiatus between the fifth and sixth season of The Walking Dead.

Kelli Heidelberger