Word came last week that “The Walking Dead” spin-off series had scored a two season pickup. This weekend, appearing at a panel at the South By Southwest Film Festival, comic and show creator Robert Kirkman spoke a bit more about the series which already has the rumored title “Fear the Walking Dead”.
Kirkman teases that the show will not follow the comics and the timeline will begin before the events of the main show but will eventually catch up. He tells EW:
“It’s not going to relate to the comics at all. From the beginning of the show one thing we’ve heard is, ‘What’s going on over here or there.’ So the intent of the new show is to expand that world and show another corner of the United States and what’s happening there.
The timeline is taking place a little bit earlier timeframe than the original show. Rick Grimes woke up from a coma and was like, ‘Oh, man, zombies, weird!’ We’re going to possibly see that unfold a little more in the other show. But I wouldn’t call it ‘prequel’ because the entirety of the show is not going take place before [The Walking Dead]. It will eventually form a path running concurrently.”
The aim is that the companion series, which is set in Los Angeles and stars the likes of Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens, will stand on its own:
“One thing that we’re doing with the new show that we’re trying with everything is it’s not derivative. It’s standing on its own. You can watch it by itself and get your own experience. But if you are watching both shows there are things like, ‘Oh they discovered this, or they discovered that in a different way.’
There are a lot of things about The Walking Dead world these characters have to learn or figure out to get by. And there may be some things that are discovered in the companion show that haven’t been discovered in the other show yet.
So there could be like a thing where, ‘Oh, they encountered a zombie in season 4 in The Walking Dead that could do this and now we know why that was.’ So we’re going to be doing things like that are going to be pretty cool, but for the most part [the two shows] should be able to stand alone.”
The six-episode first season is slated to debut sometime this Summer.