More Zombies! The Walking Dead is Getting a Companion TV Series

The Walking Dead Cast Promo

You know what I like most about Robert Kirkman, the guy who created the “Walking Dead” comic book and is a producer/writer on the show version? The fact that whenever he talks about the original source material, he calls it a comic book and not a fancy “graphic novel”. Nowadays, Hollywood calls every single comic book a “graphic novel”, whether it’s actually one or not. I guess it makes the whole idea of associating themselves with — gasp! — comic books sound more palatable.

Anyhoo. All that is to say, AMC is so gung-ho about “The Walking Dead” as a ratings powerhouse (and why wouldn’t they be, the damn thing is, well, a ratings powerhouse) that they’ve decided to expand on the show with ANOTHER show.

The Walking Dead Comic BookCharlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager, put it this way:

Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer. 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 adds:

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.

Just to summarize: that’s a whole new show based around whole new characters set WITHIN the familiar “Walking Dead” universe that we’ve come to know and love for the past 3 years.

It’s actually a pretty damn brilliant idea, and with “Breaking Bad” set to leave AMC’s schedule this year, the network could certainly use another, as Collier puts it “no-brainer” ratings winner. It would also be really cool to see something completely new that wasn’t already revealed in the comics.

“The Walking Dead” Season 4 returns to the airwaves this October 13th. Check out a new poster for the upcoming season below.

The Walking Dead Season 4 Poster