While many viewers may be over the prospect of more stories within The Walking Dead universe, a vast number are ready to see numerous stories branch from the main series. These spinoffs will significantly expand the universe, which has the opportunity to reinvent itself with each new addition. Many characters have been set up to explore a spinoff. Let’s take a look at them below.
The Walking Dead: Dead City is a prime example of how a spinoff can be done the correct way. Setting the story in a completely different landscape than the main series was creative genius. Things like watching walkers fall from the rooftops of the skyscrapers in Manhattan and ziplining between buildings were fun additions. As was the sewer scene, which saw a considerable accumulation of dead bodies used to create methane for fuel.
The next series will be The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, filmed and set in France. Again a drastic change in landscape will set this series apart, as is the addition of French actors. This series will also feature walker mutations unlike anything seen in TWDU.
Several series within TWDU have ended or, as is with Fear the Walking Dead, will be ending shortly, have set up several other characters to allow for their story to continue.
The Walking Dead universe spinoff characters
The most recent characters to leave a series with massive potential for their stories to continue is Morgan Jones (Lennie James) and his daughter Mo (Zoey Merchant). During the midseason eight finale of Fear the Walking Dead, Morgan tells his daughter they will head off in search of his old friend Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Viewers know Rick no longer lives in Alexandria and has been captured by the CRM (Civic Republic Military). This would be a great continuation of Morgan’s story. James stated that this was the end of Morgan’s story unless something really extraordinary came his way. Depending on that outcome, this series could follow The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live.
Another Fear the Walking Dead character whose story was left wide open was Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey). When she departed the series in season 7, she finally began to feel better after experiencing fevers from a walker bite. Her fate was left to viewers’ interpretation, leaving the door wide open for the expansion of her story. Somehow Troy Otto (Daniel Sharman) has survived and come into possession of Alicia’s prosthetic arm, but that doesn’t signify her death; this is Fear the Walking Dead, where “No One’s Gone Until They’re Gone.” This is an absolute truth with the return of Troy, but that is a whole different article.
One more character from Fear the Walking Dead who could become part of a spinoff is Dwight (Austin Amelio). In the midseason eight finale, he and his wife Sherry (Christine Evangelista) bury their son Finch (Gavin Warren). This leads to a discussion about how when they are together, nothing good ever happens. Believing they need to end their marriage, Dwight says he wants to go home and start over. Where this home is isn’t clear, whether he means back to Virginia or someplace else. While featured in the final episodes teaser, he could still head off alone by the end of Fear the Walking Dead’s story.
While many TWD fans opted to ignore the spinoff The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the series has its merits. One story that could be explored and continued is the stories of Dr. Bennet (Joe Holt) and his daughter Hope (Alexa Mansour). At the end of World Beyond, Hope discovered a way to use yeast to decompose the undead (an Empty in this series) at a much quicker rate that occurs naturally. This could lead to some fantastic developments in minimizing the threats of the undead.
It will be interesting to see where AMC and The Walking Dead universe take the next stage of spinoffs. Dead City and Daryl Dixon have been renewed for a second season, and The Ones Who Live will be coming in 2024.