Heads up, zombie fans because we've got a brand new trailer for The Walking Dead Spin-Off. The trailer was debuted during a panel at New York Comic Con and AMC was kind enough to release it online for the rest of us to watch as well. Interestingly, despite giving us a good chunk of footage from the third series in this universe, the network still hasn't revealed a title. What we do have is a much better sense of what this show is going to be, and expect to see something markedly different than what's come before.
The trailer shows us a level of society and sophistication we haven't seen from the previous two shows. We pick up nearly a decade after the zombie apocalypse first began. The world is trying to rebuild and these people hardly even interact with the undead. There's almost a sense of normalcy. However, a group of young people decides they want to head out into the world, beyond the walls of safety, to discover what the world outside has to offer, for better or for worse.
It's been previously said that this new show will center on the first generation of kids to grow up in the zombie apocalypse. The cast includes Annet Mahendru as Huck, Aliyah Royale as Iris, Alexa Mansour as Hope, Nicolas Cantu as Elton and Hal Cumpston as Silas. During the panel, The Walking Dead universe head Scott Gimple revealed these survivors aren't even aware of the characters fans have been following in the other shows. Gimple also teased that these survivors will have new ways to combat walkers.
"Because this is a First World place in the apocalypse, they have these Walker-specific weapons. They're hybrid weapons and just the ways that these guys handle them, [it looks like] they've been using them [for years.]"
Scott Gimple also promised that viewers don't need to be hardcore fans of The Walking Dead to start watching this show, as it will very much stand on its own. Though, there will be some points of crossover. Matt Negrete is set to serve as showrunner of the new series. Negrete was also at the panel at NYCC and offered some pop culture touchstones as reference points. Specifically, he pointed to Stand By Me as an influence.
"It's about growing up. It's about starting these characters in a young and interesting place."
It was also announced at the panel that The Walking Dead season 11 is going to happen, which joins Fear the Walking Dead season 6, as well as the trilogy of planned Rick Grimes movies starring Andrew Lincoln. The Walking Dead spin-off doesn't have a premiere date set, but is set to debut in spring 2020 on AMC. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the series are made available. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.