Now that AMC is scrambling to extend its golden geese in any way possible (Breaking Bad, which will end its tremendous run at the end of September, is already slated to get a prequel spinoff about sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman; while Mad Men will begin its final season next year), it makes sense that they would go to their most creatively bankrupt success to wring out a few more dollars and hours of television.
That’s right, the inexplicably popular (because zombies, I guess?) series The Walking Dead will now be getting a spinoff, in which a whole new cast can be imprisoned in a world of narrative convenience, plot wheel-spinning, poorly-written character motivation (why the hell do you spend an episode fishing a rotting zombie body out of a water well, when all the water has been tainted with the body of a rotting zombie corpse?), and general bad-TV tropes before having some cool scenes with zombies and swords and jails.
Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert (all execs on The Walking Dead) will be bringing this new series into the world. Expect it to hit your television in a gooey splatter at some point in 2015. Says Kirkman:
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.
Translation: Ch-ching, ch-ching, ch-ching (it helps if you imagine Kirkman dressed up as the Monopoly guy).
Further, AMC president Charlie Collier called the move a “no-brainer” (rimshot!) and, again, ch-ching, ch-ching, ch-chiiiiiiing.
What do you think of The Walking Dead news?