AMC Has Officially Ordered a Pilot for a Walking Dead "Companion Series"

AMC has officially ordered a pilot for a "companion series" to its megahit zombie drama The Walking Dead, the network announced Friday.

The project, which was first announced last September, was co-created and co-written by Robert Kirkman and Sons of Anarchy's Dave Erickson. Kirkman will act as showrunner and executive producer alongside The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.

Not technically a spin-off, the new companion series will be set in a different location and feature an entirely new cast of characters. “There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows," Kirkman said in a statement. "Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of The Walking Dead, and I'm happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them."

Production on the pilot will begin later this year. 

Do you want to see more of The Walking Dead's universe? Where do you think the new version should take place? Do you like the idea of following a whole new cast of characters, or would you rather watch a spin-off about someone from the original series going off on their own?


The Walking Dead will return for Season 5 on Sunday, October 12 at 9pm on AMC.


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Feb 09, 2015
Make the ties ins with breaking bad official and have it take place in the southwest.
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Oct 27, 2014
Glad it's not a spin off. Spin offs often weaken the original show by peeling off important characters. One winds up with two weaker shows instead of one strong one.
Better to do what they said they are doing. Setting up an entirely new group in a different locale with their own journey.
The two groups could of course intersect sometime in the future. That would not detract from the original show.
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Oct 18, 2014
This could be good ... especially if they end up going to the same place as the current crew, in the end.
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Oct 15, 2014
Felicia Day would be great on the companion series! So would Billy Burke, Damien Lewis, Anna Torv, Zachary Levi, Bruce Boxleitner...I'd like to see it in new york with a whole new cast.
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Oct 27, 2014
Yeah!! And have it set in Washington, showing us from the beginning of the epidemic, and while Rick's group is on their way, we (the fans) will get information on what caused it all, etc. That could really work!! I'd sure watch it.
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Oct 14, 2014
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Sep 09, 2014
I'd like to see Jon Bernthal in the companion series. He could play Shane's identical twin brother or David Morrissey as TG's doppelganger. He had a brother in the GN.
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Sep 09, 2014
How is it "not technically a spinoff"? Does a spinoff have to have a character from the original? Is NCIS:LA a spinoff?
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Oct 14, 2014
There are no rules set in stone. Everyone has their definition and they overlap at about 90% but there is a small grey area where ppl might disagree.
Wikipedia (article Spin-off_(media)) says:
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Oct 21, 2014
i can live with voyager and deep space 9 being a spin-off of next generation, but "enterprise"? o_O
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Sep 16, 2014
Yes. Tecnically, to be a spinoff, we need to have at least one character from the main serie. Kinda like Friends with the spinoff Joey or even Cleveland from The Family Guy...
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Oct 03, 2014
Thanks - never knew that - I just assumed that having a clear tie-in like all the Star Treks was sufficient. Is there a term for that relationship? It seems like a gray area to me. Deep Space 9 did not originally have ST:TNG characters, but later on it did. How "main" does a crossover character have to be? In NCIS they all work for the same organization with the same supporting characters played by the same actors - to say that they're not spinoffs just seems counterintuitive to me...
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Sep 07, 2014
Great! love the idea of a companion show, but ted2332 idea of haveing a prequel series is something I would love to see too!
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Sep 07, 2014
Boo.
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Sep 07, 2014
AMC has not got much else now so milk TWD for all its worth. CSI & NCIS are average shows so spin offs of a good show should work for AMC.
I would like to see Carol get her own show, or they could do a short prequel series with Shane and Lori during the outbreak while Rick was in his coma.
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Sep 07, 2014
What I'm hoping for is a Telltale T he Walking Dead-ish show. Not the same characters because. That game has far superior writing than the show and it's mostly because of the fact that almost every character is well written. AMC's The Walking Dead has been improving on that aspect (Carol is awesome!) but they are still heaps behind the game. This isn't so much as a criticism towards the show as it is a praise towards the game.

And for the love of God... get rid of the impropable headshots. If the army has taught me anything, it's the fact that a civilian like me (Finland has conscription. Every man has to spend atleast 6 months in the army), will not get a headshot with every. single. shot. they fire. We have these tests where we have to shoot from 150 meters to a stationary target while lying down or 50 meters, standing up. It's surprisingly hard to hit an area that's the size of a head. What with the iron sights possibly being all wonky and pointing to wrong directions etc. Add the fact that the zombies are moving in a very unnatural manner.

Well, whatever. All I'm hoping is threatening zombies because not everyone is a natural sharp shooter and characters with more depth. And get rid of the "kills for shock value". At least attempt to establish a character before killing him/her off.
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Sep 07, 2014
That was the first thought I had hearing about a companion show with different characters.. "Oh cool, like the Telltale Game.. sweet!"
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Sep 07, 2014
Yeah! On the other hand, if the companion show decides to go for more of a philosophical angle (morality etc), I think the fact that it's The Walking Dead's companion show is already going to alienate some of those who thought that TWD got too actiony. But I'm carefully optimistic.
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Sep 07, 2014
I'm worried that if Kirkman gets to focused on the two tv series, he might go the way of George Martin and not spend enough time on the books, or comics in Kirkmans case.
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Sep 07, 2014
Awesome. They can make more pointless, dumb and boring s*** now.
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Sep 07, 2014
I think theyre creating the spinoff to get away from the pointlessness of the original.
It's so repetitive it could be called Same Shite, Different Day.
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Sep 09, 2014
Ha ha funny.
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Sep 06, 2014
I hope this ends up being better the the original because I'm getting over the dull characters "we already know" (that's sarcasm because we do NOT know these people due to awful character writing.)
Maybe if Kirkman gets to run things, he'll end up making something compelling since he's the man behind the comics? Here's hoping.
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Sep 09, 2014
I was hoping they woulda made RK the showrunner of the so called Companion Series but AMC chose Dave Erickson instead, what's up with that? Oh and i totally agree with you about the characters assassination on this show.
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Sep 06, 2014
Here's a thought: Go to an island. Seen a zombie swim on TWD? Me neither.
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Sep 07, 2014
They don't have to: every human as "it" at this point.

You die of a heart attack on a desert island, that desert island as at least one zombie. Your crew perishes by accident on the boat you're in, you find yourself in a boat filled with zombies. Swim close to an area in which someone drowned to death and there're probably enough underwater zombies to make for a nasty experience.
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Sep 23, 2014
If you don't understand it's easier to fortify an island than a prison on the mainland then we probably shouldn't have a discussion.
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Sep 24, 2014
If you don't understand that, once you die inside said fortify island, that island has YOU for resident zombie, then you don't get the basic dynamic of this show.

There's no escape: every single human on earth is a zombie waiting to happen upon natural death.
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Dec 05, 2014
Wow!You're right genius! Why go to a prison then? Why fortify anything?
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Sep 07, 2014
They might not swim but they could always walk along the sea bed until they get to the island, they don't need to breathe after all.
But than again, its not like they would know you are there, so an island would be a great place to fortify
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Sep 15, 2014
Yeah WWZ (book, obviously) was pretty cool in that way, all the z's walking along the sea bed, coming up out of the water in mass exodus.. The special underwater zombie killing brigade....Ahh, what a film WWZ could have been in the right hands..or even a tv series.. I don't hate the film, I just think it bears almost no resemblance to my beloved WWZ.. Anyone here who hasn't read it, you're missing out.
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Sep 21, 2014
WWZ did get one thing the same as the book. The Title.
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Sep 06, 2014
The surprising thing is that they haven't ordered 5 of them. The ratings of this show are insanely huge so hopefully TWD and its companions, spin offs and side dishes can subsidise all the underperforming shows
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Sep 06, 2014
Good point, if this would be netwok we would have at least 3 CSIs and one Criminal Mind, The Walking Dead version by now.
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Sep 06, 2014
I think they should make a series based on the Tell Tale game. A lot of that writing was better than the show!
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Sep 07, 2014
I don't know about that. Everyone had their slightly unique story in the game so the show would have to chose one canon.

However... If the show starts writing and establishing the characters as well, I might give the show a chance. The biggest flaw with The Walking Dead show is the fact that... Most characters I couldn't care less about. Sure there's Rick, Michonne, Daryl and Carol who are pretty well written but other than that... Nope. TWD game established everyone and fast and that made their deaths hurt a lot.
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Sep 06, 2014
YES! OH GOD YES!
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Sep 06, 2014
I am optimistic about this as well. I have always loved Zombie shows. Maybe it's more of the post-apocalyptic-world genre that I like more than the zombies themselves. How people manage to survive, having to reinvent ways to get by day by day without electricity, etc. We joke at home that we live where we do to survive if there was a zombie apocalypse. I'm not a 'prepper' , but I have planned for the off chance there is a disaster.
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Sep 06, 2014
Just sayin' but it seems I'm right there with ya. Speaking for myself, the stereotypical "prepper" mentality is far too extreme for my tastes, but the reason I love the apocalyptia genre as much as I do is because I love watching concepts of the old-school rebuilding of society without corporate interference...& although I personally don't have a plan to survive in the cities when/if society breaks down, I at least have enough of a plan to avoid street pirates on the way out of town if it ever comes down to it
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Sep 06, 2014
Lets face it: if a real zombie apocalypse would strike, I'd be sitting in the middle of Dr. Jenner & Jackie, grateful for a painless chance to die (without coming back).

I guess its the reason I relate with the likes of Clara, Milton or Megan. And the reason I like the Glenns and Carols of this show so much.
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Sep 06, 2014
Oh, don't get me wrong, if a real zompocalypse were to strike, I'd be dead & biting by episode 3 at the latest because of all my wanderings in the sewers in order to avoid all the street pirates on my way out of town ;P
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Sep 06, 2014
In three years, AMC will change its name to All Zombies Channel to reflect the majority of its programming..;)
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Sep 06, 2014
I wonder if they are going to incorporate any story from the Telltale Video Game series into this companion TV series...
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Sep 06, 2014
Walking Dead Housewives: Philadelphia?
Dead Pawn?
I'm A Dead Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!?
The Late Late Show with Zombie Ferguson?
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Sep 06, 2014
I'm not a fan of the zombie genre, I don't know what it is about The Walking Dead that keeps me coming back for more, but I do know it has a sense of random that can't be repeated somewhere else.

Maybe it has something to do with the evolution of Rick & Lori's marriage, the bond between Carol & Daryl or the way how friendships like Andrea & Michonne ended.

Those things never happen on TV: men like Rick don't leave women like Carol behind, children like Sophia or Megan never die, women like Maggie never end up with guys like Glenn, etc. It's too random and far too unique to be repeated.
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Sep 06, 2014
A spin off that's not a spin off my CSI, NCIS, Law & Order, and other shows I can't think of experience doesn't buy it. Quite frankly I could careless what other groups or the military are doing outside of the original show. TWD has enough places to take us without being seen through the eyes of another group.
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Sep 07, 2014
if it has enough places, why's it so repetitive?
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Sep 07, 2014
I'm referring to potential from the comic, of which the producers said they will be tapping into more as the show goes on.
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Sep 07, 2014
It was a rhetorical question, but thanks for clarifying. I hope TWD keeps going, but it certainly needs a shot in the arm.
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Sep 06, 2014
I would like to see a different angle, may be a community that survive the outbreak relatively unscaffed and now working on trying to find a vaccine and restoring order of surrounding territories and zombie clearances. It should be set in a different country as well. Africa could be fun.
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Sep 06, 2014
*unscathed
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Sep 06, 2014
I think a second show in the same world could work well. Zombies have been all over gaming and movies for a long time now, but TV doesn't have that many yet. The upcoming Z Nation may well end up sucking badly, so that probably won't add anything good to the mix. I'd love to see another bunch of characters in another part of the USA / the world trying to survive and find solutions / answers. There'd probably be some cross-over between the shows and that could work, too. Overall, not a bad idea imo. I'm cautiously optimistic.
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Sep 06, 2014
I could really do without this. I like the Walking Dead, but I don't need to watch 2 of the same show - I already have too much stuff to watch as it is. Unless they come up with something with a completely different vibe, I'm out. (Ok, maybe I'm not 'out', but I am annoyed).
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Sep 06, 2014
You're going to hate-watch it aren't you... just like me!
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Sep 06, 2014
I am not a big fan of the walking dead , I have seen the 4 seasons but I was never really satisfied , I always had trouble with those characters and the writing in general , so I am very happy to hear about a spin off with different characters.

Now the characters will be different , but I am hoping the tone of the show will be different too , I want the spin off to be more fun.
A spin off have to be different than the original show , and I really hope for a lot of differences.
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Sep 06, 2014
Hard to be "fun" when the theme is the world is overrun with zombies wanting to devour anything that is not infected.
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Sep 16, 2014
That would depend on the directive of the other show. The Walking Dead series should stay on the overly depressing struggle of the common man in the continual state of contemplating his navel while fighting Zombies.

The spinoff, on the other hand, should be different. How about a kickass "Jack Bauer" type of hero and his special ops team?

Or, a setting in Africa where a "Tarzan" like approach is taken by a team who have trained Jungle beast to handle the zombie situation. I would love to see how zombies stand up to an elephant stampede!!! Now that would be "fun."
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Sep 06, 2014
Would be cool in another country. Maybe China as it is the most populated country in the world... that makes a lot of zombies. Plus it's a very cosmopolitan country, business wise, so it can give a very diversified cast. Plus people could kill zombies with kung-fu.
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Sep 07, 2014
Even better, have kung fu zombies. Then I suppose they would be tai chi zombies.
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Sep 06, 2014
If CSI can have four cities..Walking Dead can have two!!
I like the idea because a lot of fans are expecting the comic book characters to translate to TV. In a new show creativity has chance to be a little more out of the box. You can go any direction you prefer. Count me in. If it fails at least something different was tried..Although with SYFY network.. Z Nation starting up.. I'm afraid zombie overload might be on the horizon.
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Sep 06, 2014
There are enough vampire show, mosnter shows and werewolf shows that run together and satisfy a different audience. I just hope it is not some "teeny highschool love"-version of TWD 3:-)
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Sep 06, 2014
...and they call it "Zombie Love"..lol...oh, maybe a twenty something female zombie interacting with a male werewolf...quick, call CW..:D
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Sep 08, 2014
The Walking Dead: Miami [cue intro] "Yeeeeaaaaaaahhhh!" (lurching David Caruso zombie with glasses) or maybe somewhere with snow and colder weather where they decompose slower.
I think there does need to be more sex by the survivors in the Z.A. I'd imagine to escape being eaten slowly by a horde is quite an aphrodisiac.
Problem is the zombie solution is too easily solved, just get a team, use a crane to lower a cage in the middle of the street, switch on a siren and have a guy in the cage wearing armour spear zombies until shift change and repeat till the city runs out of walking dead.

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Sep 06, 2014
I'm nervous about this. I'm in no position to judge but I'm concerned that Kirkman isn't cut out for TV, it's just hard to otherwise explain how the story and characters lose so much in translation from the comics. In the comics the characters are grounded, salt of the earth types and develop organically whereas the show is all over the place. The hope is that maybe not working off an existing script will free the new show to be better. There's always hope.
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Sep 06, 2014
So it would the Walking Dead's version of CSI.
Yes, a spin-off with a whole new cast in a completely new location, probably the west coast and possible near the ocean ( Canada or England would be cool but hard, however if it's by the west coast or even the East Coast, New York, Boston it means that we can get refugees from other places in the world who traveled by boat thinking that maybe America is a safer place) .
One of the major reasons I would be for this is that it's based off the concept, meaning there's no way they can piss me off by killing off characters that are still alive and kicking ass in the comic book. The only thing they have to be worried about is not creating different version of the same characters. They could even have it based on a smaller group and more travelling, kind of like a Walking Dead version of The Road. The other thing they have to watch out for is creating things that contradict the original and hopefully not trying to explain why it happened unless it's origin happened at the new location or one of the main characters was involved in the reason it begun.
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Sep 06, 2014
I really do have hope for this. Kirkman as showrunner will be interesting, but I wonder if that can affect the other show. I mean, that dude must have his hands full right now.
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Sep 06, 2014
we don't need more Walking Dead. We just need more Kirkman
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Sep 06, 2014
People who died in the shower! NAKED ZOMBIES!!! Also - since most all of the lawns are not overgrown there must be many Mexican zombies still takin' care of business. We see Black guys all the time in the series - no Latinos - or not very many
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Sep 06, 2014
I don't think I've ever seen anyone criticize racism in such a racist way before. Kudos.
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Sep 06, 2014
Put a totally different spin on it - make it from the point of view of some zombies trying to survive the vicious human attackers ;-)
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Sep 06, 2014
"We are The Walking Alive"
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Sep 06, 2014
Have Bub the Zombie host "Zombie Talk" after the show...discussing how the zombies are doing trying to stay dead.
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Sep 06, 2014
I'd really like to see David Lyons (AKA Sebastian Munroe from Revolution) get a part in this one. Maybe not the lead as he would look to much like a younger better looking Rick lol.
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Sep 06, 2014
AKA ET on Sea Patrol!
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Sep 06, 2014
Instead of doing this why don't they make an adaptation of Robert Kirkman's other works. I love TWD but Invincible is just as great if not better.
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Sep 06, 2014
More Dead...more brains!
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Sep 06, 2014
More bullets to their dead heads.
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Sep 05, 2014
I'd like either a completely different environment, maybe tropical or see some scientists actually trying to find a cause and cure. Better writing would help too.
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Sep 05, 2014
An all-new story, not specifically based on the comic tales? I suppose that'll allow more room for original events. Bring it on.
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Sep 05, 2014
Long live The Walking Dead! :D

Zombies invading a major city like Atlanta seemed like a good idea, and I think zombies invading another large city would do well too. Maybe New York or somewhere.
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Sep 05, 2014
Do you want to see more of The Walking Dead's universe? YES!! but i hope the new cast is good too, i really liked Rick and Daryl!!
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Sep 05, 2014
Maybe a story from the zombies' perspective in which the humans are the bad guys! Ha, ha! Just kidding.
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Sep 05, 2014
It has to have a different angle. Not just the same fight for survival and killing zombies, just with different characters. I want to be surprised.
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Sep 06, 2014
I agree. I'd like to see scientists or the the government, working to fight it. The main characters, could have Lost style flashbacks to their lives before, showing how they developed into who they now are. Could also show the beginning of the outbreak in flashbacks.
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Sep 05, 2014
AMC...the network where anything worth doing is worth doing to excess (I'm looking at you Saul). Somebody should teach the execs over there the law of diminishing returns.

Here's an idea, instead of putting out another series, why not fix the one you've got now instead of half assing most of it and releasing 1 great episode for every 3 garbage ones? No? Okay, I'm sure diversifying the talent you've got creating TWD will work just fine
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Sep 06, 2014
So one of the most successful series on TV only has a 1 out of 4 episodes that are any good??? You need to watch more "Hello Kitty" reruns as TWD is WWAAYY over your head
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Sep 06, 2014
Are you joking? There's nothing smart of deep about The Walking Dead. It thinks it is, but its not. There's barely any meaningful character development. If you think im wrong then describe to me the characters of Maggie and Daryl, without saying what they look like, what they do in the group, what they wear, their backstory, or subjective terms like badass, or the term redneck. Describe their characters.
Its a mediocre show with some great moments. Its far from some masterpiece that you think it is, but its not bad.
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Sep 06, 2014
LMAO. Since when has success meant quality? Perhaps in your world. Two and a Half Men has is in it's 12th season...it must be one of greatest shows of all time. Miley Cyrus was one of the highest grossing artists last year, might as well put her in the rock and roll hall of fame. Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, etc.

So ya, 1/4 of TWD episodes are either ridiculous, cater to fans who don't want to think and prefer to just watch zombie slaughter or are just plan bad.

TWD isn't way over ANYBODY'S head since there's very little depth to either the characters or the writing. But you go on thinking that because it's popular, it's high quality television. It's cute.
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Sep 06, 2014
If you understand why they're doing it(money) why act so incredulous that they would? Let's be honest here TWD will always be what it is. A mediocre show. Expecting them to "fix" it now when they clearly have already tried that(three different showrunners, right?) seems short-sighted.

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Sep 06, 2014
Incredulous? No. Disappointed? Yes.

Agreed, TWD isn't a great piece of art but it is entertaining, sometimes on purpose, sometimes by accident. Truthfully, I have less of an issue with this particular cash grab than I do with Better Call Saul, but the two of them together just wreaks of what has plagued TWD and kept if from taking that next step...network execs FAR more interested in short term profits than long term artistic viability (see showrunners). Those moves were about money and power and less about fixing a series, that with only a few minor tweaks, could be awesome!

Oh well {shrug}
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Sep 06, 2014
Tell us how you really feel.
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Sep 06, 2014
Thought I did ;)
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Sep 05, 2014
I want them to continue with the same type of casting, directing, pacing, etc. But no more zombies that come at you from out of nowhere. I also want to see smarter people.
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Sep 05, 2014
The Walking Dead: Miami. LOL Reminds me of all those procedural spin-offs. I'll probably give it a shot though.
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Sep 05, 2014
yea I don't see this playing out like that, this show does not fit the formulaic style of such shows to begin with, and it sounds like its not going to be following any one peticular group of people like ricks marry band.
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Sep 05, 2014
I don't really want to see this. I think the whole Zombie thing has long since existed past its sell by date. I would however like to see a stark contrast to what the Walking Dead is/has become. I would like to see competent people, those who learn from their mistakes and actually adapt well to the world that they have found themselves in. I would like to see no silly iconic guns stick around as if Rick can continue to find bullets for his Colt Python. I would like to see some actual decent drama. Also I would actually like to see dead bodies decompose in a few months like they would actually do rather than go on for years. I know that is a lot to ask for. But a guy can dream.
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Sep 05, 2014
its America, and in the south I doubt ammo of any type, even something esoteric like .45-70 gov't ammo is hard to come by.
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Sep 05, 2014
I agree, if they were scavenging. But they aren't, the neighborhood they hunkered down in was within walking distance of the prison and they hadn't gone through it. Lets say that 4 weeks go by, 6 weeks go by and you don't come across any .357. At some point you have to justify the weight. The Python is a heavy pistol and you would come across 9mm, 45 and 40 S&W far more and would be better off carrying something else.
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Sep 08, 2014
.357 is very common ammo, and even if u were short of it or out I could justify the weight if it was my favored weapon for months and its only a kiliogram anyway.
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Sep 05, 2014
Clementine!!!!!!!!!
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Sep 05, 2014
would love to see a number of different alternating stories from around the world, post zombie apocalypse
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