After the release of the first official teaser of AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff series, Walking Dead fans have been dying to find out whatever information they can about the new series. Most fans already know that the main series The Walking Dead is returning for its tenth season in October and that Fear the Walking Dead has recently been renewed for a sixth season. And, of course, there are plans to take the series beyond the shows with a trilogy of big-budget Walking Dead TV movies starring Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes. With this exclusive entail, fans are still left wondering what the new spinoff series from the Walking Dead franchise will be about this time.
Even though the series is still in the early stages of development, here is a breakdown of everything we know so far about the third AMC’s The Walking Dead series.
The teaser that was recently posted on all of The Walking Dead’s official social media accounts shows a whole new world of The Walking Dead after the outbreak epidemic of the undead apocalypse. Along with short introductions of some of the characters from the new series, the teaser also included unseen environments with rough sketches and concept art. Lastly, the teaser included the character’s stories about leaving a place of safety and venturing out into the unknown apocalyptic world.
The spinoff series, which currently remains untitled, will feature two young female protagonists -- Iris and Huck. The series will follow "the first generation to come of age in the apocalypse as we know it. 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."
AMC President of Programming, Entertainment Networks David Madden revealed that the upcoming spinoff has not settled on a final title yet and that the title may not contain the familiar Walking Dead moniker in it. According to Madden, this is due to the new series being a complete departure from the previous two survival horror series.
Though the series’ official title has not been publicly announced, speculation of what the title of the new series are forming and circulating. According to Screenrant, the working title for The Walking Dead’s new series was revealed to be Monument, which fits the series central theme of the youth surviving through a zombie apocalypse. However, the actual name of the show will likely be revealed closer to the show’s premiere date.
AMC's untitled The Walking Dead spinoff includes several lead role cast members including Annet Mahendru as Huck, Aliyah Royale as Iris, Alexa Mansour as Hope, Nicolas Cantu as Elton, Hal Cumpston as Silas, Nico Tortorella as Felix and Joe Holt as Leo Bennett. Although the cast appears to be relatively young and inexperienced, viewers may recognize some of the cast members from previous works in the past.
Mahendru is perhaps best known for her role as Nina Kilova on FX’s The Americans. She most recently appeared as Elena Evanovich in Amazon’s The Romanoffs and has also appeared in a season-long arc on FX’s Tyrant. When it comes to films, Mahendru played Isabelle in writer-director Randy Moore’s controversial indie film Escape From Tomorrow and she voiced the role of Eva in The Penguins of Madagascar. While Royale is best known for her role in The Red Line. Her other works include TNT’s Major Crimes, Bounce TV’s Mann and Wife and the NBC TV movie Strange Calls.
In the new spinoff series, Mansou (Unfiltered: Dark Web) will reportedly portray a likable, impulsive rule-breaker with a sad secret. While Cantu (LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures) will portray a boy described as an old soul and trained in martial arts. Cumpston (Bilched) will portray a character described as someone who is too big for his age and scares other children due to his size, making him more of a loner figure.
Tortorella, who currently stars in Younger, will play Felix. The character is described as "an honorable man of his word who isn’t afraid to fight for others’ safety and acceptance." While he's confirmed to appear in the next season of Younger, his work on The Walking Dead spinoff is not expected to conflict with his series regular role on the TV Land series. His previous works also include The Following, Scream 4 and Make It or Break It.
The most recent addition to the cast, Holt (The Punisher) will appear in a recurring role on the show. He will play Leo Bennett, "a solid family man and a respected professor with a generous heart and unwavering optimism for the future. He’d risk his life to save the people he cares about." Holt appeared in two episodes of The Punisher's second season as Sheriff Hardin, a small-town cop whose run-in with Frank Castle wreaked havoc on his department. His past works include The Tick, Supernatural, Scandal, Prison Break, Criminal Minds, and Law & Order. Holt has also lent his voice to the Batman: Arkham City video game.
The series is created by The Walking Dead Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple and longtime The Walking Dead producer and writer, Matt Negrete, who will serve as the upcoming spinoff's showrunner for its ten-episode first season. The pilot of the episode will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (You’re the Worst, Kong: Skull Island). The still-untitled spinoff series will begin production on its first season this summer in Virginia and will premiere on AMC during Spring 2020.