The world of The Walking Dead is expanding even further with news of a third spin-off series heading to AMC next year. In a statement from AMC, it was revealed that the as-yet-untitled series would center on two young female characters and explore the "first generation to come of age in the apocalypse."
"[It will] focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad."
AMC's President of Programming, David Madden, added;
"We're thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that The Walking Dead has dramatised thus far, and that is bound to excite one of the most passionate fanbases in television."
The Walking Dead veteran Matt Negrete will serve as showrunner with production set to start later this year. There is no denying that The Walking Dead has started to dwindle in its ratings, while still a massive show, the exit of Andrew Lincoln, and Lauren Cohan has taken its toll. However, franchise fatigue seemed to set in before the latest cast exits with its viewership shrinking year on year. More departures lay ahead with Danai Gurira due to bow out at some point in next season.
Next year is a big year for the series as it reaches its landmark tenth season. To mark the occasion, we can expect some potential overlap with Fear The Walking Dead, and a trilogy of TV movies led by the still very much alive Rick Grimes. We can now add this new series to that list of celebrations as it is expected to launch sometime in 2020.
At the risk of upsetting fellow fans, the last season of Fear The Walking Dead was significantly better than anything the main series had to offer in recent years. I'm still a big fan of the show, but it is a shadow of its former self that occasionally remembers it has the ability to be something special. As long as the new series can follow Fear's example of keeping the core characters to a minimum, then I'm all in for another spin-off.
Fear The Walking Dead returns to AMC this summer.