It was big news when the spinoff series to the critically acclaimed and viewer (mostly) beloved series Walking Dead was said to be getting a spinoff. The reaction took a twist though when the pilot finished shooting and no season pickup was given for it. It made fans wonder if the show would happen at all.
Now, AMC has revealed that they have picked up the spinoff show (no title as of yet) for an initial two-season order.
“We take incredibly seriously the notion of building a satisfying companion series to the number one show on television. From the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, we’ve been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’ Through this new series, we’re going to find out,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president, in a statement.
You may think that taking a two-season order right off the bat is risky, and in some ways it is. Yet writer Robert Kirkman isn’t afraid to state that they’re confident in what they can do with those two seasons
“We feel empowered by this two-season commitment, a serious show of faith from our network partner AMC,” Kirkman said. “I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we’ve accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story. I’m very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven’t scratched the surface yet when it comes to ‘The Walking Dead.’”
Futhermore, the first image from the spinoff has been revealed as well. It shows main characters Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, and Frank Dillane together.
The new series will begin with a six-episode first season starting this summer. Season two will air in 2016.