The Walking Dead Franchise Could Turn High-Profile Deaths Into Unthinkable Spinoffs

The Walking Dead Franchise Could Turn High-Profile Deaths Into Unthinkable Spinoffs

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-03-18

“I’m talking about different ways to tell stories, possibly with characters we know and possibly with characters we don’t,” said Scott Gimple. Since moving from showrunner into an overall management position, Gimple has new ideas for The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

Based on the comment above, it actually sounds like the writer is thinking about spin-offs for the network. With Fear the Walking Dead moving into a more fantastical universe, Morgan’s crossover may only be the beginning. Hypothetically, this could mean a Glenn Rhee show or other shows like the short, Red Machete.

“We’re figuring it all out right now, but there’s a ton of stuff that I want to dive into,” said Gimple.

Scott Gimple Talks The Walking Dead Expansion

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

The Walking Dead will always be the original series, but there’s really no reason not to expand (as long as fans are on board). In fact, the series could be taking a page from Marvel’s book. After one movie had success, the production company went all in for dozens more.

On AMC, The Walking Dead still pays the bills. Plus, Fear the Walking Dead seems to be getting better and better. Their other example, when Better Call Saul spun off from Breaking Bad, also plays well for the network. Hopefully, this doesn’t mean The Walking Dead will end, but that is a possibility.

After all, there are actors who want to stay and actors who want to go.

Can Daryl Dixon Hold His Own Show?

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

Rather than focusing on the original show lasting twenty years, the network (and Scott Gimple) may be thinking about multiple zombie dramas. For example, the rumors are that Andrew Lincoln and perhaps Lauren Cohan are ready to leave. If that destroyed the original show, other actors could have their own shows.

It’s hard to imagine Daryl Dixon leading The Walking Dead, but he could lead a small group like when he temporarily worked with the Claimers. It’s possible that Daryl Dixon could have a show about a group of bikers in the apocalypse. Again, we’re not hoping for this, but it could happen.

For now, we’re hoping that The Walking Dead can get it together.

Would you watch another show ignited from The Walking Dead?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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