The Walking Dead was nominated in four categories at the 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards, with the hit zombie series taking home two awards.
The Walking Dead won the award for Favorite Cable TV Drama, beating out Downton Abbey, Pretty Little Liars, White Collar, and Sons of Anarchy. Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, accepted the award on the red carpet before the show started.
“Our show is such a fan based show and we rely on those people and we’re so friendly with those people, so I want to thank you guys,” he said. “I knew [‘The Walking Dead’] was going to be awesome. I didn’t know it was going to be this, but I’m happy it is.”
Reedus presented the award for Favorite Action Movie Star to Iron Man 3 star Robert Downey Jr. during the telecast. After the show, it was announced that Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, won the award for Favorite TV Anti-Hero. Other nominees included Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall, Dexter), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones), Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel), and Walter White (Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad).
Last month, The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero shed some light on the upcoming spinoff, and said that it would not take place in the same world as its predecessor, but will exist as a standalone show.
“We’re sort of treating the spin-off as a completely separate entity. That was something that was very, very important when the notion of a companion series was even brought up. The actors and the executive producers wanted to make sure that anything we did, we didn’t want it to diminish our story, our storyline, our characters and the momentum that we have.”
The second half of season four of The Walking Dead premieres February 9 on AMC. The spinoff is expected to debut in 2015.