We don’t yet know much about the Walking Dead companion series. We know the cast of mostly unknowns. We know it takes place in LA rather than Atlanta and surrounding areas like the current series. We know people will die disgusting deaths and that zombies heads will be sliced off. We know it will likely be a huge smash hit.
AMC is currently banking on that last one as they have already ordered two seasons of the zombie extension series. Following the same model that garnered the success of The Walking Dead, the first season will air late this summer, but consist of only 6 episodes. The series will return at some point in 2016.
What isn’t clear is the timeframe of the series.
AMC President Charlie Collier dropped a hint about the focus of the new series in a statement, “We’ve been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’ Through this new series, we’re going to find out.”
It’s been rumored that the new series would take place in the early days of the zombie outbreak that has decimated the world in “The Walking Dead.”
I think it would be interesting to place the series in a different time frame from Rick and his crew. Give us the perspective of the outbreak as it happens, in contrast to the first episode of The Walking Dead which sees Rick wake up in a hospital, somehow spared, while Atlanta lies in ruins. That said, it will be interesting to see if they attempt at all to reveal what caused the outbreak itself as creator Robert Kirkman has repeatedly said that is not something that interests him in terms of the comic or the show.
Kirkman said that going back to explain how the government originally collapsed, “…doesn’t interest me, for the time being…I may change my mind eventually.” As to the cause of the zombie outbreak, Kirkman wrote, “I have ideas [about the cause of the zombie plague]…but it’s nothing set in stone because I never plan on writing it. So yes…I do know…kind of.”
In response to a question:
“I think you should elaborate more on how people can turn into zombies without one biting you, or how this whole mess started in the first place. Was it like a plague or a rapture kind of thing?”
“…That starts to get into the origin of all this stuff, and I think that’s unimportant to the series itself. There will be smaller answers as things progress…but never will we see the whole picture.”
And at least Ryan can watch this one and not cry about “oh I can’t watch it because I will be constantly comparing it to the comics”.