For awhile now, we’ve known that AMC has been planning a spinoff series to expand the world of their extremely popular series “The Walking Dead,” based on the Image Comics series of the same name created by writer Robert Kirkman and artists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. What we didn’t know about it, though, was what we should call it. Now, we finally have a name to put to the upcoming series.
According to a tweet from creator Robert Kirkman, the official title of the upcoming series is “Fear the Walking Dead.” Opting for an additive approach instead of simply giving the existing name a subtitle, it maintains the primary phrase of the new series while also, obviously, trying to add an element of foreboding. Kirkman’s actual tweet reads as follows:
IT'S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
The new series, which will be led by actor Cliff Curtis (“Gang Related”) and actress Kim Dickens (“House of Cards”), will focus on an entirely other part of the country at the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse, leading to the new cast’s own, unique problems that are different from the ones Rick and company face in trying to traverse post-apocalyptic Georgia. As “The Walking Dead’ is already a proven formula for AMC, the network has already given it a two-season order, showing immense — and, arguably, uncharacteristic — confidence in the new series even before it’s hit the air.
While the title choice is certainly understandable, some may find it a bit underwhelming, but it also has the virtue of not drawing undo attention to itself by being overcomplicated (it’s better than, for instance, “The Walking Dead: Now on the West Coast and Different From the One Following Rick”).
Season one of “Fear the Walking Dead” will be arriving pretty quickly, as the first six-episode season wil be airing this summer, with season two slated to arrive in 2016. For more on the show as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation.
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