We know that a companion series to ‘The Walking Dead’ has been ordered and is in development. We also know that it’s moving along gradually because with its 2015 release, there’s just no hurry. With TWD season 5 just around the corner, we’re all gonna be getting our zombie fixes soon enough anyway. Thankfully, the new show will take place in a completely different part of America. It might even be a prequel to the current project. We kinda knew that too. What we didn’t know before was that the tentative characters in the show have been blueprinted and announced. And some of them look like the old characters.


Apparently there was a demand for the new series all along. I never demanded it and I don’t know who did, but it’s coming because, according to AMC President Charlie Collier, fans have been gunning for an all walkers/all the time network.

“Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world…Beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most. Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct.  We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners.”

He is, of course, talking about Walking Dead Executive Producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert, along with creator Robert Kirkman. And today, TVLine has reported some info about the characters for the show. Check out the starting lineup for Team B:

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 has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.

Hey, were fans also clamoring for a lack of originality too? Because that’s how it looks from a distance. Let’s see, much like TWD’s Rick and Carl, you’ve got the leader and his dick son. I assume Sean is the leader because his name is first. Nancy, Nick and Ashley bring in a new dynamic but then we have another Andrea. Another Andrea? Come on guys. Yes, I know there are more Andreas in the world than just the one most of us hated until her death, but that’s just lazy. Fucking lazy. She even brings with her ghosts of Carol, who also had to recover from a “horrible marriage.”

Obviously these guys haven’t learned a damn thing from ‘Game Of Thrones’ and the current Walking Dead series when it comes to casting children. They killed off Sophia before she got physically unmanageable, but Carl has become unusually mature since season 1. You can’t hide it when kids grow up on film. And it can be tough on a series to have to create years out of nowhere to explain it. Walking Dead hasn’t even bothered to do that, and while they haven’t given a specific time frame to their travels, it damn sure hasn’t been 5 years. So they go on and re-create the problem by adding 3 kids to the new series. But, maybe I’m overthinking this because they could be in their late teens and two will definitely die in a couple years…

All this might sound like harsh criticisms but I’m going to watch it no matter what I write here. I’m just hoping that by the time the series lumbers in, they will have fixed what seems broken on paper. But in an honest world, they brought it in broke, and that’s why I’m wary.


I’m definitely intrigued by the concept of leaving Georgia. In fact, I’d rather they did that in the current series but whatever. Yet I’m not entirely sure I’m game for the rumored prequel idea. Sure, it would be interesting to see the real beginnings of the apocalypse, but I halfway like being left in the dark. The zombie outbreak is something that happened and we gleefully skipped the origin story. Awesome. If the Spiderman films have taught me anything, it’s that origin stories are overrated. I’m perfectly fine with continuing the saga with the end of the world already having happened. The taste we were given of a semi-sane world in TWD season 1 were enough for me.

What about you? Any thoughts at all on the new series? Maybe I’m being too hard on them. Post your views!


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