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Third Walking Dead spin-off series confirmed by AMC

The Walking Dead

Story by Jack Foley

A THIRD spin-off series of The Walking Dead has been confirmed by AMC.

Former showrunner Scott M. Gimple, recently promoted to chief content officer of all things The Walking Dead related, has placed a 10-episode order for an untitled drama co-created by Gimple and long-time flagship writer Matt Negrete.

The latter, who has been a writer and producer on The Walking Dead for its past five seasons, will also serve as showrunner.

Negrete and Gimple collaborated on the recent season nine episode (What Comes After) that served as the last one for former series lead Andrew Lincoln, who is now set to reprise his role as former sheriff Rick Grimes in three TV movies for AMC.

However, it remains unclear if the new spin-off will be connected to those movies. Indeed, it’s also unclear whether any characters from either The Walking Dead or its current spin-off Fear The Walking Dead will feature in the third series.

All that’s been revealed so far is a vague logline declaring: “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.”

It is also suggested that the new show will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come of age in the apocalypse as viewers know it. It will, however, be set n a new corner of the world.

Production will begin in the summer (2019) in Virginia for a 2020 premiere on AMC.

In announcing the spin-off, Negrete said: “Writing and producing for the original series has been the job of a lifetime and I’m honoured to be working with Scott and all the fine Dead folks at AMC in this new capacity. I can’t wait for the fans of the franchise to see what we’ve been cooking up!”

Gimple added: “Showing audiences an unseen pocket of The Walking Dead universe steeped in a new mythology is a very cool way to celebrate a Decade of the Dead on TV and over 15 years of [creator] Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic.

“Matt Negrete is one of the best writer-producers in TWD’s long history — I’m thrilled to be working beside him to tell stories unlike we’ve seen before, taking our first step into an even larger world.”

The news comes a week after The Walking Dead ended its ninth season with its smallest-ever finale despite positive reviews for new showrunner Angela Kang’s creative vision throughout the latest run of episodes.

It remains a global phenomenon, however, and still ranks among the top five shows on US TV in the demo it appeals to. Season nine averaged 4.95 million viewers and a 1.9 in adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s same-day ratings.