Back in 2015, AMC’s flagship TV show The Walking Dead gave birth to a new companion series titled Fear the Walking Dead. Even though the ratings for The Walking Dead are currently in decline after eight seasons on the air, AMC and departing showrunner Scott Gimple (who will soon become Chief Content Officer and oversee the whole of TWD world) are looking to expand the zombie franchise with more spinoffs.
“The one thing that the comic book does great [is] when they introduce the cold weather and the winter,” Nicotero said. “I had even written some webisodes that took place with a frozen zombie herd. And I think that our hopes are — my hopes — would be that we would get into an entirely different location, like a cold weather scenario. Because frozen zombies are f–ing awesome. Until they thaw out and then you’re screwed. Because they would freeze and thaw out, and they would be fine.”
When he was asked if any of the possible spinoffs would also be set in the U.S., Nicotero said: “I don’t think so. We’ve done a good job of allowing our audience to populate the US and I think there’s a lot more opportunities outside of the U.S. for a zombie show.”
This would mean visiting other locales the outbreak has reached and going beyond the confines of the continental U.S. and Mexico (which we visited in FTWD). Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, on which the TV show is based, even took us to Barcelona, Spain, with The Walking Dead: The Alien. The one-shot issue featured Rick Grimes’ younger brother, Jeff.
Nicotero’s idea of a Walking Dead spinoff series with frozen walkers (a la the White Walkers from Game of Thrones) is definitely a cool one (pun intended) and there’s no denying it would be interesting to see how people deal with the zombie outbreak in other parts of the world. Going way up north or, even better, in Europe, would definitely add something fresh (again, pun intended) to the franchise. What do you think?