This Sunday marks the season finale of “The Walking Dead,” and normally that means fans would have to wait until fall — when the leaves of trees start to die like so many of the show’s main characters have thus far — before they can get their “killin’ zombies” fix. But the powers that be have heard your calls, nay, demands that they supply more “Walking Dead” content and not that lame wannabe series. And those demands are set to be met by summer.
The new spin-off series (or companion series) will not be an hour of Daryl Riding His Motorcycle, Cooking and Threatening Children With Carol or the Adventures of Rick Grimes’ Beard. It will take place in Los Angeles before the events of “Walking Dead” and will follow a different group who are living in a world becoming overrun by zombies and where even the non-zombies can be cannibals, psychopaths or priests who allowed their flock to be eaten by the undead, all of whom might be made up of actors from “The Wire.”
IT'S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
The show does have an fairly plain title: “Fear The Walking Dead.” The title was announced on Twitter on Friday by creator of the comic and TV series, Robert Kirkman. It’s like they just threw another word in there and called it that. On the other hand, it won’t confuse people into thinking it’s not “Walking Dead” related, so there is that. I actually liked the code name they used for it, “Cobalt” better.
While it is a prequel, it will allegedly eventually catch up to the time frame of “The Walking Dead.” It’s first trailer is supposedly set to air during “Talking Dead” on Sunday and the new series is suppose to start this summer. So you won’t have to waste your summer sitting around wishing for more “Walking Dead” and watching reruns to get your fix.
Side note: I plan on live tweeting the season finale on Sunday. You can follow me at @josephbemidji on Twitter.