Walking Dead's Expanded Universe May Save the Ailing Franchise

WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for both The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead.

The complexion of AMC's The Walking Dead has changed drastically since it premiered in 2010, a shift that's noticeable now more than ever thanks to the show's six-year time jump. Only two members of the original cast are still left -- Norman Reedus' Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride's Carol -- following the departure of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) this season, and the death of Ricks son Carl (Chandler Riggs) in the one before.

When Rick left the show, though, came the revelation that the series will branch off into a trilogy of movies tracking his future. That the three films and other spinoffs, from movies to television shows to digital content, are in the works shows how ambitious and expansive the studio wants the property to get. Now, while some fans may think this is AMC trying to milk the franchise for what it's worth, this direction could actually be what revamps the zombie-infested universe Robert Kirkman and Co. created over at Image Comics.

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TWD'S Expanded Universe Makes For Better Storytelling

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With these spinoffs, AMC can dive deep into plot beats that would have either been glossed over, used as sub-plots deserving of more time, or stories that would simply be rushed. With dedicated movies and shows for such crucial arcs, there's time to properly flesh the narrative out and give each development its necessary screen time, not to mention the potential for the exploration of other countries and societies during these trying times.

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Bits and pieces of the narrative that would have dragged on forever can be succinctly mapped out in a cohesive universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with everything and everyone being pulled together to paint one comprehensive picture at the end. This not only aids the overall story of The Walking Dead, it helps with character development as everyone would get their due in the limelight.

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