Finally! Character descriptions revealed for mysterious Walking Dead spinoff

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Sep 29, 2014

Ever since AMC officially ordered a pilot for that mysterious Walking Dead spinoff series, we’ve been waiting patiently for the first story details to drop. Well, walker fans, the wait is over.

TV Line has broken character descriptions for six main cast members, and judging by the intel, it seems the spinoff series will definitely be a family affair — and skew a bit younger, too. Of the six characters, five come from two families and half are teenagers.

Check out the full character bios below:

Sean Cabrera: A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.

Cody Cabrera: Sean’s whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.

Nancy Tompkins: A thirtysomething single mom to two kids, Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.

Nick Tompkins: Nancy’s screwed up teenage son. He’s too old to stay home, too scared to flee.

Ashley Tompkins: Nancy’s mostly level-headed teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother’s failures. She loves her mom but it’s time to get out of Dodge.

Andrea Chapman:  A somewhat wilted flower child, fortysomething Andrea — yep, another Andrea! — has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.

It’s hard to judge much from the bios, but it seems they’ll be making the teenage characters a bigger part of the story, which could go sideways quickly if not handled well. I think we all remember how friggin’ annoying Carl was those first few seasons. Here’s hoping they’ve worked the kinks out.

We still don’t know exactly where or when the series will be set, aside from promises that it’ll explore a setting very different from the southern corner of the apocalypse we’ve been digging into for four seasons on the mothership series. According to TV Line, current buzz indicates the show could be a prequel — which meshes with the character descriptions, with characters described as being "too scared" to leave.

If the series is set in the modern-day Walking Dead timeline, it’d stand to reason that any characters would’ve already cut and run from their original homes long ago. So that could fit. If it’s true, it would give the series a unique angle to show the actual downfall of civilization — something we’ve only (briefly) glimpsed via flashbacks up to this point.

What do you think of the new info? Does this sound like a good direction for the spinoff?

(Via TV Line)

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