The Walking Dead will have a spinoff companion series in 2015, AMC has confirmed.
The hit zombie drama, which stars Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus, follows the story of a group of survivors struggling to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will exec produce the spinoff show.
“Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager.
“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 added: “After ten 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.”
The Walking Dead returns for its fourth series on AMC on October 13. It will premiere in the UK on Friday, October 18 on Fox.
Some actors enjoy watching the fruits of their labour – to see where they can improve or just out of vanity – but not Andrew Lincoln. It’s no secret that the actor, who rose to prominence playing Sheriff Rick Grimes on AMC’s gory, but entertaining The Walking Dead, doesn’t watch the show. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explained exactly why that is. “The original reason is the fact that I don’t actually enjoy looking at myself,” Lincoln said.
He continued, explaining that he can’t stop himself from criticizing all the little pieces that could have been done differently – like most great artists, probably.
“And also because of the directorial choices that possibly, because I’ve done it, make you go, “Oh, there’s a take that blah-blah-blah.” But mainly because I did it for a while, I watched it, and it’s a self-conscious thing of watching myself and going, “Oh I like it when I do that. That’s kind of cool.” And then, “Oh, I don’t like it when I do that.” And that defeats the object of what I want to do as an actor, which is to try and be in the role and not be self-conscious. I watch great actors, great actors that I admire beyond all things and I see them replicate, and it’s very hard not to. I don’t want to do that. I just want to leave myself alone as much as I can.”
Apparently, the actor is so deeply invested in his work on the series, that he doesn’t even watch the episodes, in which Rick Grimes isn’t featured. In the EW interview, Lincoln went on to say about the rare episode he doesn’t appear in: “I don’t even like watching that. I kind of step back from it all. The fun bit for me is doing it. I love that. That’s the exciting thing for me. “I don’t think it’s that unusual if you ask a lot of actors, because it’s the same thing as not reading press or reviews. You can’t do both.”
We see why Lincoln stays away from TWD after his bit is done, but nothing can stop the show’s legions of fans – when it comes back on air that is, which won’t be until October 13. A wait like that could almost turn us into walkers.
Season 4 of the AMC hit “The Walking Dead” is fast approaching and more details about the new episodes have surfaced.
Executive Producer David Alpert revealed plenty of information to AMC in a Q&A session, and here are some of the highlights:
Q: If Season 3 was about the human threat, what would you say Season 4 will be about?
A: What we really have here in Season 4 is we dangle the carrot that civilization can be rebuilt…The notion that there’s civilization and the notion that there’s the possibility of there being laws and a sense of normalcy. I think we’re going to see an evolution in the walkers – there’s a whole bunch of new walkers – and we’ll see an evolution of the threat of human-on-human. Dangling the possibility of civilization will make people much more desperate and willing to do things that would have previously been unthinkable.
Q: What’s been the toughest character for you personally to lose from the show?
A: The great thing about this show is that literally every character is on the table… We have no one that is untouchable… One of the hardest things was killing Shane. In the comic, it happened much, much earlier, and Robert had said he wanted to give that character a little bit more space to breathe. So trying to figure out what was the right place to kill Shane was really difficult… In the screening room here in production, there’s a wall that says ‘Our Grateful Dead,’ and it’s got pictures of all the characters who’ve been killed off over the seasons. It’s kind of insane: One, it’s kind of touching, and, two, we’ve killed a lot of people on this show. [Laughs] It’s hard to say which one was the toughest.
Q: Are you planning to add any characters to that wall in Season 4?
A: Oh, there’s going to be a whole bunch of people added to the wall.”
While The Walking Dead is a series that lives by the maxim “no one is safe,” and in which loss regularly plays a major role in helping the characters to develop and move forward, last year’s biggest loss–original cast member Laurie Holden, who played Andrea–was arguably gone for quite a while before she was ever really gone.
During our roundtable with members of the cast and crew of AMC’s The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic Con International, series star Andrew Lincoln was asked whether he thought Andrea’s death would have the intended effect–and what he said was interesting.
“It’s a very good point and I think certainly for Rick, it was one of the turning points,” said Lincoln, “along with my son becoming a murderer. They’re two very important beats that made him rethink his responsibilities as a father but also maybe rethink his whole attitude toward surviving in this world. That’s where you arrive certainly in episode one.”
Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd added, “Think about it, when you said ‘Let the Woodbury-ites stay,’ Carl looked at you like, ‘No, they’re the enemy. We kill the enemy.’ That was a really interesting dynamic and for Rick especially.”
Lincoln agreed, giving credit for that action to Andrea.
“It was a huge call, and especially for someone who has been pushing people away and not trusting,” Lincoln said. “For him to say, ‘Come in,’ Andrea’s death must have had a profound impact. She was trying to do what Rick probably would have tried to do two seasons ago; she was trying to unify two groups of warring people.”
You can watch the full panel from Comic Con with Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohen, Steven Yeung, Danai Gurira, Scott Wilson, and David Morrissey below!
Andrew talking about season 4 with Michael Ausiello
Here’s a more in depth look at what was discussed at the panel. Click the read more to read the entire thing!
Here’s a few choice quotes that were plucked from the panel yesterday, as always, they were careful not to reveal any potential spoilers on what to expect.
“”The relationship with Carl is integral to the beginning of the season for Rick” – Andrew Lincoln, talking about what will transpire early on for his character in the wake of Carl threatening with a gun.
“Tyreese is still trying to figure out how he fits in, what are the rules?” – Chad Coleman, talking obviously about if he has a place.
“Take over a hotel, spray paint myself silver, run around naked and watch South Park.” – Norman Reedus, on what he would do in a real-life apocalypse
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