Move over Daryl Dixon and Rick Grimes, a spin-off series of The Walking Dead will premiere on AMC sooner than you expect and according to the show's creator Robert Kirkman, the series will be "amazing".
The upcoming zombie series from AMC, which is yet to be given a title, will be set in Los Angeles during the same apocalypse as that of the current TWD, but will focus on new characters and storylines.
The synopsis of the pilot episode reads as follows: (via Spoilers TV)
"The spinoff takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location. It revolves around Sean Cabrera (Curtis), a divorced teacher and Nancy Tompkins (Dickens), a female guidance councilor. Dillane plays the Nancy's son Nick, who has battled a drug problem. Debnam Carey plays the Nancy's ambitious daughter Ashley."
The first season of the zombie horror series, which some fans speculate would be named 'Cobalt', will consist of six one-hour episodes and will premiere on AMC in summer this year.
The show has also been renewed for a second season slated for release in 2016.
The series will star Cliff Curtis (of the Missing, Gang Related fame), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, Sons of Anarchy), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
According to Kirkman, the upcoming AMC series is the best way to pay tributes to the popular show The Walking Dead.
"I personally take it as a sign that they believe, like we do, that we've accomplished our goal of developing something original that can pay tribute to the original show and expand the world I created while at the same time having something new to say with this story," the show's creator said.
"I'm very grateful that we now have the opportunity to tell this amazing story and show the fans that we really haven't scratched the surface yet when it comes to The Walking Dead."
Meanwhile, 'Cobalt' is expected to focus on how life was prior to the zombie apocalypse, as the sight of Rick Grimes waking up from coma to a zombie infested world is still fresh in the minds of fans.
It will be interesting to know how the zombie infection began in the first place, after which only a a few people survived.
The premiere episode is written by Kirkman himself and Dave Erickson of Sons of Anarchy fame. Even as the show is yet to be Christened, the network has asked fans to be prepared for an epic zombie drama.