AMC and Scott Gimple Want More ‘Walking Dead’ Spin-Offs

Jason McDonald

There used to be a time when “The Walking Dead” was considered untouchable.  It crushed everything in its path and ruled the Sunday night airwaves with a rotting fist. However, the zombie horde has seemingly lost some of its steam in recent years and the ratings giant has begun to show its age.  Still, AMC seems to believe that this tarnished golden goose has a few eggs left in it.

Now, to be fair, I still watch “The Walking Dead.”  I don’t have the love for the show that I once did, but every now and then there are moments where I see greatness.  Granted, those moments are hidden in meandering episodes and sandwiched between moments of absurdity.  But I hang in there out of some strange sense of commitment.  I mean, I’ve come this far, I might as well see it out to the end.  I’ve heard that “Fear the Walking Dead” has gotten a whole lot better than its first season, but I don’t think I can bring myself to add another zombie show to my weekly viewings.  I may have finally hit that fabled zombie fatigue.  But, hey, if you don’t feel that way I’ve got some good news for you.  Scott Gimple, the chief content officer of “The Walking Dead” for AMC, sees a bright future for the brand.

Speaking with THR, Scott Gimple revealed that he is pursuing new ways to branch out “The Walking Dead” across different formats.  What does he mean by different formats? Well . . .

We’re going to be doing traditional stuff, non-traditional stuff, stuff people don’t expect. But yes, definitely scripted. The odds of unscripted are very remote. But I’m not going to say no. We’re going to have cool new Walking Dead stuff.

As you might recall when “Fear the Walking Dead” was starting up there was a YouTube series called “Flight 462” which was supposed to serve as a prequel of sorts for a character that was slated to appear in “Fear.” So that could be a similar tactic for AMC with future projects.  Later in the interview Gimple further clarified what he meant.

I’m talking about different ways to tell stories, possibly with characters we know and possibly with characters we don’t [know].  We’re figuring it all out right now but there’s a ton of stuff that I want to dive into. It’s us organizing it and deciding how to do it, how it all works together. We really have a plan that goes into the future. It’s pretty exciting right now.

At one time it would’ve been easy to imagine such popular characters as Daryl getting their own spin-off show, but if we’re going to get more “Walking Dead” i’d rather they keep the trend of creating new characters in new sittings to further explore the zombie apocalypse.  Still, I’ll be curious to see how much more zombie stories the TV market can handle.

What do you think?  Interested in more “Walking Dead?” Let us know down below.

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