Robert Kirkman Talks About The Walking Dead Companion Series

The-Walking-Dead-Companion-Series-Promo_001The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman spoke today at SXSW in Austin, Texas about the upcoming Walking Dead companion series set to premiere on AMC in late summer 2015. EW was there and they got some interesting comments regarding the timeline of the show:

“It’s not going to relate to the comics at all,” Kirkman said. “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 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.” 

Interesting comments! But will the two shows ever cross? Kirkman isn’t saying, but he did say this:

”One thing that we’re doing with the new show that we’re trying with everything is it’s not derivative,” he said. “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 companion series recently received a two season order from AMC similar to the approach the network took to Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul. The yet to be titled series will kick off with six one-hour episodes and will premiere on AMC in late summer with the second season debuting in 2016. So, any hints on the title of the show Kirkman?

“We’re just going to call it Walking Dead CSI: Miami

Well played sir…well played

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