A new Walking Dead TV spin-off series has just been announced by AMC and is scheduled for a 2015 airdate. It’s a long way away I know but the one thing that time’s going to give us is the room to speculate and predict to our hearts content. And that’s what I’m going to do right now.
For a while now I’ve been thinking of things I’d either do if I were in AMC’s shoes or what I’d like to see the Walking Dead do.
Number 1 – Get out of Georgia.
First off, I have nothing against the great state of Georgia. I’m sure it’s very nice when it’s not infested with zombies. However, I do feel as if the quaint, southern location for the apocalypse has outworn its welcome. The United States is a big place and there are 49 other states I’d like to see combat the zombie apocalypse. The comics used to be set in Georgia, the current TV show is still set in Georgia and the three Walking Dead video game titles are all set in Georgia.
At first Georgia was a good choice for a location as it encapsulates the “everyman/woman” survivor theme which runs throughout the franchise. The Walking Dead has always featured characters who are seemingly normal when we first meet them and often transform throughout the story. The same can be said for the state of Georgia. It’s quiet and it’s unsuspecting but once again, there are many other places it could be set that are just as unassuming as Georgia.
Number 2 – Get out of the United States.
This is a pipe-dream but the idea of a Walking Dead spin-off set in another part of the world excites me. You may remember the season 1 pre-finale of the Walking Dead TV show where Dr. Jennir in the CDC explains how French scientists were close to a breakthrough regarding the zombie virus before contact was lost.
Perhaps we could see the spin-off series centre around those particular French scientists? It would certainly be new for the franchise and it would allow us to learn more about the zombies whilst saving the mystery of what exactly caused the outbreak.
Number 3 – Get some fresh new characters.
The Walking Dead as a brand is big enough that people recognize it because of its name and not necessarily its characters. Thanks to The Walking Dead video game released in 2012, it was proven that the series doesn’t have to rely on Rick Grimes and co. to deliver an intense experience with in-depth characters.
The Walking Dead video game only featured two characters from the source material and those were Glenn, the long-running survivor all the way from the very beginning of the franchise. It also saw Herschel the farmer make a brief appearance. Not the cool TV version however, the annoying comics one who never stopped swearing and shouting. However, to truly to paint a picture of a global apocalypse, it’s imperative that this new TV show break away from familiar faces and introduces us to new characters even if the locale is the same.
Number 4 – Get a new time period.
One thing that stood out about Naughty Dog’s, The Last of Us was that it’s set way after the apocalypse. People have adapted to that world, people have been born into it and people live in it, they don’t just survive it.
If you read the comics or watch the TV show you’ll notice how only a year or so has passed since the outbreak. If this new TV show was to really break new ground, the introduction of a new world where the dead truly do rule is one that would really stand out. It would make things so much more desperate and dire. To see a world where these characters have adapted and have learnt to thrive is just so much enticing to me as the viewer. One could argue this would be expensive for AMC but there’s one thing I’ve learnt from watching shows like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, it’s that AMC knows how to make a believable world in their shows.
It also breaks the repetitious cycle of “outbreak – survivors meet survivors – they learn to deal with the apocalypse” that Walking Dead story arcs follow almost religiously.
The Walking Dead is one of my favourite franchises. I had never even heard of the comics before I saw the TV show but ever since I saw that first episode my love for the over-saturated zombie genre was reborn. I’d love to see some changes come from the series though it’s one of the best on television, it needs to pick itself up a bit and remind that I watch it because of how good it is not just because I work night shifts and need something to watch during the day.
Do you have anything to add to this small list? Let me know in the comments below!
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