by Ryan Rigley
With the immense success of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” the cable network has recently announced its plans to release a spin-off series set within the parameters of the same universe. “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” AMC president Charlie Collier explained in a press release. “We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters.”
Apparently, said spin-off series will feature all new characters never before seen on either the TV series or within the pages of Kirkman’s original comic book series—which means we won’t be seeing Rick and the gang at all in this new show. However, what if the powers that be decide to focus the spin-off series on one of the comic book’s supporting characters? Here are five that deserve a bit more small screen attention.
The first “survivor” that Rick encounters in the zombie apocalypse, Morgan was left to hold the fort down in Cynthia, Kentucky with his son, Duane. Later on in the series, Rick encounters Morgan again only this time he’s without his son. So what happened during that time gap? Perhaps the spin-off series could show us how Duane Jones met his end—and that’s just the beginning!
Sgt. Abraham Ford
A former sports coach and Sergeant in the United States Army, Abraham joins Rick’s troupe after the events of the Woodbury Wars. Abraham is actually the leader of his own personal group, which includes a priest, a scientist, and a woman named Rosita (who’s already set to appear this season, played by Christian Serratos). Clearly, he’s protagonist material and he even comes with his own cast of supporting characters!
Dr. Denise Cloyd
Residing within the borders of a safe zone dubbed Alexandria, Denise Cloyd is a former general practitioner who was self-promoted after the zombies infested our world. Having a protagonist who’s medically aware of diseases and viruses, such as a zombie infestation, would make for quite a unique perspective on the already fleshed out universe of the “Walking Dead” TV series. Imagine “ER” but with zombies and a lot less readily available power, supplies, medicine, and safety.
Nicknamed “Jesus,” Paul is an essential part of a group of survivors that live in safe zone called Hilltop Colony. He’s got hand-to-hand skills on par with that of Michonne and the can-do attitude that Rick used to have before his wife was murdered. There’s no denying that Paul would make for a great protagonist. I mean, who wouldn’t watch a TV series that features Jesus fighting zombies?
The biggest and baddest adversary that Rick’s group has ever encountered, Negan is just about as evil as they come. He’s the leader of his own army, dubbed the Saviors, and carries around a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. But was he always this way? It’s a stretch, I know, but hear me out. What if Negan started as just another survivor and slowly devolved into this bat-carrying madman throughout the course of the spin-off series? Just think about it! It’d be like “Breaking Bad” but with more zombies!
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