Walking Dead's TV universe expands: There's gonna be a spinoff series

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

If you’ve been wanting to see more of The Walking Dead’s post-apocalyptic world, you’re in luck — we’re about to meet a whole new gang of survivors.

With The Walking Dead shattering cable ratings records with every new season, AMC has green-lit a new spinoff series that will apparently tell a parallel story in the same universe. As the recent award-winning Walking Dead episodic videogame has proven, that world is more than big enough to support a lot more stories.

Thankfully, series creator Robert Kirkman will serve as an executive producer on the new series, along with fellow Walking Dead producers David Alpert and Gale Anne Hurd. So this spinoff show will have the same pedigree as the original.

The project is just getting off the ground now, but the network hopes to launch the companion series in 2015. AMC president Charlie Collier called the plan a “no-brainer” in a prepared statement:

“We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

Kirkman seems genuinely excited to have a chance to fully deviate from his long-running comic canon with the side project, and it’ll be interesting to see what he can cook up with a completely blank canvas. Here’s what he had to say about the plan:

“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

We’re definitely curious to see what they come up with, and we’d love to see something set outside of the South — the creepy towns and prisons of Georgia are great, but how are things going up north? Or out west, in California? Hell, or maybe even make it a prequel to the initial outbreak? The options are limitless. We can’t wait to find out more.

What do you want to see from the Walking Dead spinoff?

(Via TV Line)