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Will The Walking Dead spinoff series be a prequel?

11.15.2013

AMC announced plans for a spinoff for The Walking Dead in September, however at the time there weren't that many details on the new series. It was revealed the spinoff will have "an entirely new story and cast of characters," and won't be connected to the comics, but what's going to make it different from the original? Maybe by having less zombies; TV Line has heard from multiple sources that the spinoff might be a prequel, set during the initial outbreak of the zombie virus.

There’s increasing buzz that the offshoot will be a prequel of sorts, one that would chronicle the early days of the epidemic and the effort to contain it.

But sources for the site also say AMC has just started work on developing the spinoff, and having it be a prequel could change, even if this is AMC's plan for the series right now.

The spinoff could work as a prequel, but how early are we talking with the zombie virus, and what will the focus be on? Will it be about one of the first cities or town affected by the virus, or the government trying to figure out what the hell is going on? If it is the very first outbreak, will we learn where it came from? I'm not the biggest fan of The Walking Dead, but I do think there is a lot of potential for the spinoff.

AMC is looking to start airing The Walking Dead spinoff sometime in 2015.

Extra Tidbit: What would you like to see in The Walking Dead spinoff?
Source: TV Line

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1:31PM on 11/19/2013
One thing that I've always thought to be really convenient about TWD is that Rick is a cop. He's already this guy who's ready to kick ass and deal with stressful situations. For the spinoff, they should follow a group of survivors who are completely average - no cops, no ex-military, no scientists. Just regular people who had regular jobs and are completely out of their element in this situation and need to find a way to survive. Give us a different location that will offer a new dynamic to
One thing that I've always thought to be really convenient about TWD is that Rick is a cop. He's already this guy who's ready to kick ass and deal with stressful situations. For the spinoff, they should follow a group of survivors who are completely average - no cops, no ex-military, no scientists. Just regular people who had regular jobs and are completely out of their element in this situation and need to find a way to survive. Give us a different location that will offer a new dynamic to the show. Instead of using secluded locations - like an abandoned prison outside of Atlanta that really offers no suspense - have the show take place in a major city or urban area.
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9:50AM on 11/18/2013
TWD season 4 hasn't grabbed me by the proverbials yet...so I'm a little hesitant about a spin off. I saw World War Z at the weekend and enjoyed it quite a bit - yes, I know that it greatly differs from the book but with that in mind, and since we're talking about prequels, I'd love a WWZ tv series that's actually based on the book...if budget wasn't an issue :o(
TWD season 4 hasn't grabbed me by the proverbials yet...so I'm a little hesitant about a spin off. I saw World War Z at the weekend and enjoyed it quite a bit - yes, I know that it greatly differs from the book but with that in mind, and since we're talking about prequels, I'd love a WWZ tv series that's actually based on the book...if budget wasn't an issue :o(
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10:00PM on 11/17/2013

Why don't they...

...concentrate on making TWD a half decent show before giving it a spin off?
...concentrate on making TWD a half decent show before giving it a spin off?
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3:09PM on 11/17/2013

Why notů.

Just be thankful that its not a Glee spinoff. Or a Grey's Anatomy, Singing Show, or another sad SNL cast member first chance at their own show kind of thing. Could be another Saw movie or Paranormal Activity sequel. Much worse things people. Bring on some zombie chomping!
Just be thankful that its not a Glee spinoff. Or a Grey's Anatomy, Singing Show, or another sad SNL cast member first chance at their own show kind of thing. Could be another Saw movie or Paranormal Activity sequel. Much worse things people. Bring on some zombie chomping!
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2:48PM on 11/17/2013

no prequel

because thats boring I hate when they do that why not just tell us in the start ?? why do you feel the need to go back and tell us when we already know anyways. I think its just stupid. I would love a new storyline, one that takes place in like NYC or somewhere.
because thats boring I hate when they do that why not just tell us in the start ?? why do you feel the need to go back and tell us when we already know anyways. I think its just stupid. I would love a new storyline, one that takes place in like NYC or somewhere.
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12:28AM on 11/17/2013

make it a mini series, not a full series

I don't want another full series if it takes any budget our attention away from the regular series. there's so much more to do! Washington, Alexandria, Negan, Cannibals
I don't want another full series if it takes any budget our attention away from the regular series. there's so much more to do! Washington, Alexandria, Negan, Cannibals
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5:30PM on 11/16/2013
Should be set in Europe with mostly Americans playing the parts . . .
Should be set in Europe with mostly Americans playing the parts . . .
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4:55PM on 11/16/2013
As a huge fan of the graphic novel and the TV show I would definitely welcome a spin-off. You can see it all the time in the show how the writers always want to put their own ideas and flare within each episode by not following exactly what happens in the novel. You could easily just make another group of survivors trying to find salvation in their own right. Possibly heading over to Europe on a rumour they've heard that its contained, but ultimately find its just as bad.
As a huge fan of the graphic novel and the TV show I would definitely welcome a spin-off. You can see it all the time in the show how the writers always want to put their own ideas and flare within each episode by not following exactly what happens in the novel. You could easily just make another group of survivors trying to find salvation in their own right. Possibly heading over to Europe on a rumour they've heard that its contained, but ultimately find its just as bad.
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4:06PM on 11/16/2013

I've said it before.........

4 choices.
1. A Nuclear Submarine- those things can stay out to sea for 18 months at a time.
2. A Rich family on a Yacht- they would have to fish, deal with storms, and stop up and down the coast for supplies
3. Doomsday Preparers- Crazy family that was always waiting for the end of the world, and it happened
4. What's left of the Government- Maybe the vice president inside a bunker, their running out of power and food, secret service don't give a sh*t anymore/ or the government started
4 choices.
1. A Nuclear Submarine- those things can stay out to sea for 18 months at a time.
2. A Rich family on a Yacht- they would have to fish, deal with storms, and stop up and down the coast for supplies
3. Doomsday Preparers- Crazy family that was always waiting for the end of the world, and it happened
4. What's left of the Government- Maybe the vice president inside a bunker, their running out of power and food, secret service don't give a sh*t anymore/ or the government started this as population control, knowing that the world can't sustain the needs of the population and it backfired.

If its just another group of survivors, NO THANK YOU.

Did anybody stop to think about those people stuck on the International Space Station, man that would suck!
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2:22PM on 11/16/2013

and give HEISENBERG the lead

would love to see Cranston in a Rick-like role only a little bit more ruthless, not an all out baddie but not to nice either, follow them a couple of seasons leading to a confrontation between their groups, how cool would it be if eventually rick and cranston stood side by side or face to face in the walking dead series
would love to see Cranston in a Rick-like role only a little bit more ruthless, not an all out baddie but not to nice either, follow them a couple of seasons leading to a confrontation between their groups, how cool would it be if eventually rick and cranston stood side by side or face to face in the walking dead series
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7:01AM on 11/17/2013
Cranston is better than this crap.
Cranston is better than this crap.
8:42AM on 11/17/2013
well then bring in the creators of bb and give it some more quality, this is perfect they dont have the restrictions of a comic and characters, they can do whatever they want. Oh and offcourse bring in pinkman too
well then bring in the creators of bb and give it some more quality, this is perfect they dont have the restrictions of a comic and characters, they can do whatever they want. Oh and offcourse bring in pinkman too
1:30PM on 11/16/2013
Rather not have a prequel, rather just another story taking place somewhere else where things are even less fortunate than Rick and his crew.
Rather not have a prequel, rather just another story taking place somewhere else where things are even less fortunate than Rick and his crew.
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2:56PM on 11/16/2013
Agree. Maybe not less fortunate, but maybe Alaska or just another setting. I'd say another country - some area where some ppl think they are gods, but ppl won't wanna read stereotypes. So otherwise, I'd have it follow a single group of military/army ppl
Agree. Maybe not less fortunate, but maybe Alaska or just another setting. I'd say another country - some area where some ppl think they are gods, but ppl won't wanna read stereotypes. So otherwise, I'd have it follow a single group of military/army ppl
11:07AM on 11/16/2013
I'd dig a story centered around the Atlanta CDC, all the events leading up to the Group showing up at the gates. But that'd require bringing back Noah Emmerich who's currently kicking crazy ass on 'The Americans.'
I'd dig a story centered around the Atlanta CDC, all the events leading up to the Group showing up at the gates. But that'd require bringing back Noah Emmerich who's currently kicking crazy ass on 'The Americans.'
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7:58AM on 11/16/2013
That would be great..but I would like a story that would be set say 10 years after the Walking Dead and maybe Carl has Grown up and maybe the Zombies have also evolved a little too...whilst also coincided with the back-flash story before Ricks story in the form of Black Flash for example like they do it in ARROW series.
That would be great..but I would like a story that would be set say 10 years after the Walking Dead and maybe Carl has Grown up and maybe the Zombies have also evolved a little too...whilst also coincided with the back-flash story before Ricks story in the form of Black Flash for example like they do it in ARROW series.
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7:19AM on 11/16/2013
Yeah I would be up for this, never got around to reading all the comics so I don't know if they ever explained the source of the virus, but that would be interesting to see. I would enjoy a complete change of setting from the current series, maybe a different country as Mr Legend says below...
I know a lot of people are tired of zombies and say they have run their course - not me! Bring on more!
Yeah I would be up for this, never got around to reading all the comics so I don't know if they ever explained the source of the virus, but that would be interesting to see. I would enjoy a complete change of setting from the current series, maybe a different country as Mr Legend says below...
I know a lot of people are tired of zombies and say they have run their course - not me! Bring on more!
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10:22PM on 11/15/2013
hmmm? a prequel could be cool I guess, but I think I would rather see a different group of survivors in a different US state. Maybe even set it in a different country. I think some famous celebrity cameos would be cool. Do something like the cameo with Bill Murray in Zombieland.
hmmm? a prequel could be cool I guess, but I think I would rather see a different group of survivors in a different US state. Maybe even set it in a different country. I think some famous celebrity cameos would be cool. Do something like the cameo with Bill Murray in Zombieland.
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2:03PM on 11/20/2013
what's with all the negative votes? is it because of the Zombieland reference? I didn't say it had to be a comedic cameo. Just put in a well known actor who happens to be playing themselves, as they survive the zombie apocalypse.
what's with all the negative votes? is it because of the Zombieland reference? I didn't say it had to be a comedic cameo. Just put in a well known actor who happens to be playing themselves, as they survive the zombie apocalypse.
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9:06PM on 11/15/2013

World War Z

So the World War Z film came into existence because of the popularity of The Walking Dead, and now The Walking Dead creates a spin off based on the World War Z film?

I hope they call it Full Circle.
So the World War Z film came into existence because of the popularity of The Walking Dead, and now The Walking Dead creates a spin off based on the World War Z film?

I hope they call it Full Circle.
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