Chris Hardwick is probably pissing his pants over this! Shrouded in ridiculous clouds of mystery over the last year, The Walking Dead spinoff series is officially getting its first promo. The promo is set to air on Sunday, March 29 during The Talking Dead season finale. Since The Walking Dead Season 5 finale is now 90-minutes, The Talking Dead will not officially start until 10:30PM. If you did not have a reason to stay up, now you do.
Many details are still relatively unknown about the companion series. However, recent casting announcements as well as teasers from Robert Kirkman have helped shed some light on what fans should expect. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kirkman stated:
“It’s not going to relate to the comics at all. From the beginning of the show one thing we’ve heard is, ‘What’s going on over here or there.’ So the intent of the new show is to expand that world and show another corner of the United States and what’s happening there.”
In reference to whether the show would be a prequel, Kirkman refuted the claim stating:
“The timeline is taking place a little bit earlier timeframe than the original show. But I wouldn’t call it a ‘prequel’ because the entirety of the show is not going to take place before [The Walking Dead]. It will eventually form a path running concurrently.”
This seems to make sense, as Nerdist recently announced that at some point during Season 6 of The Walking Dead, a main character from the spin off series would make a multi-episode appearance in the mothership show.
The Walking Dead companion series, with the working title “Fear The Walking Dead” but no “official” name as of yet, is set to debut on AMC in late summer 2015. It has been greenlit for 2 seasons; the first season will consist of six episodes, while the second season will have an unknown number of episodes to air in 2016.
Be sure to tune into The Talking Dead to check out the promo on Sunday night. The Talking Dead season finale will feature guests Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Melissa McBride (Carol), Scott Gimple (Writer/Showrunner/Executive Producer), and a “mystery guest.” Which we all know means SOMEONE is going to die.
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