Don’t Worry, The Walking Dead Spin-Off Series Will Officially Be Around Forever
Can’t get enough of horrifying zombie gore? Then you’ve probably been excited for the upcoming companion series to The Walking Dead, which recently shot its pilot earlier this year. Well, good news! You can already look forward to at least two years’ worth of LA walkers, because AMC has officially picked up the show for a two-season order.
The new series, which last we heard was tentatively called Fear The Walking Dead, takes place in Los Angeles at the start of the undead outbreak, long before Rick Grimes wakes up from his coma on the other side of the country.
Cliff Curtis (Training Day) stars as a teacher with an ex-wife and two children, played by Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (The 100); Kim Dickens (Gone Girl) will take on the lead female role as a guidance counselor at Curtis’s school. David Erickson, who co-wrote the pilot with “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, will act as show-runner.
“From the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, 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,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a press release, adding, “We respectfully follow the request of Monty Python as we bring out (the latest of) our Dead.”
But what if they’re not dead yet and they think they’ll go for a walk, Collier? Well, okay, I guess they kind of do that anyway in The Walking Dead, so…
While the lengthy season order is surprising considering how rare it is for TV shows to get picked up at all, it’s not unheard of, especially for AMC: the network also gave their Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul two seasons from the get-go.
Expect to see Fear The Walking Dead on your TV late in the summer of 2015, with a second season to follow in 2016. It will only be six episodes, so don’t blink or you’ll miss it—and you really don’t want that, because it might try to devour your flesh while you’re not looking. Shudder.