twd-companionWith the Season 5 premier of The Walking Dead just a little over a month away AMC gave fans of the show a reason to celebrate early. AMC finally announced that it has officially ordered the pilot for the companion series, ending months of speculation about when the series would begin production and if it would ever really happen. The pilot of the companion series is set to begin filming in December and will probably air either at the end of the fifth season of The Walking Dead or during the hit show’s summer hiatus.

Fans are wildly excited about the companion series, which will be set in the same world as The Walking Dead but not in the same area. There is no word yet on what setting the new series will have but there is speculation that new show will explore the zombie apocalypse occurring in a major urban center or in another country. There is also no word on what time period the new series will take place in. The origins of the apocalypse that created the world of The Walking Dead have never been explored in the current show, so fans would love to see a series that is set in the direct aftermath of the event that causes the apocalypse in order to have a better understanding of the world that the survivors inhabit. Writer Robert Kirkman has said that the new series will definitely not be set in Georgia and will be a totally new story.

Although the worlds will be the same there is no crossover planned between the current show and the companion series. The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple wouldn’t rule out a crossover in the future though. He has said in interviews that there are many factions of survivors across the country in the world of The Walking Dead and it wouldn’t be impossible for some of them to come across each other at some point. Since fans know that by the end of Season 5 Rick and the other survivors will be heading towards Washington D.C. they could encounter members of the new story in Washington at some point.

Even though it seems like a no-brainer for AMC to give the go-ahead to a spinoff of The Walking Dead the official order for the show has been slow in coming. The Walking Dead is currently the most popular cable TV show in history. It has spawned a slew of similar theme TV shows on other networks who are eager to capitalize on the success of the show. The producers and writers of the original The Walking Dead have expressed their worry that if the companion show isn’t just as high quality as The Walking Dead it could end up hurting the original show instead of helping it.

But with The Walking Dead writer and creator Robert Kirkman, producer Gale Ann Hurd and producer David Alpert working on the companion series there’s little reason to think the show won’t be the same kind of character driven powerhouse fans have come to expect. Sons of Anarchy showrunner Dave Erickson wrote the pilot for the new series and will be the showrunner for the spinoff. There will be a lot of pressure on the writers and producers to meet fan expectations but considering how they up the ante every season on The Walking Dead there’s no reason to think the spinoff will be anything but a smash hit.

Fans are excited to see a new corner of the world of The Walking Dead. Even though The Walking Dead gains millions of new fans every season and the fans are devoted to Rick and the other survivors they are really intrigued to meet new characters and see more of the post –apocalypse world. They are also happy with the possibility that the companion series will air during The Walking Dead’s long summer hiatus when the next season is filled so that they can experience the world of The Walking Dead all year long. But now that fans know the spinoff is coming and the premier of Season 5 of The Walking Dead is just about a month away this fall is truly the season of the dead.