Some The Walking Dead spin-off details have finally been unveiled, and fans will likely have one burning question after reading about the characters: Will new Andrea be better than old Andrea?
Creators Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson didn’t get very creative when coming up with names for the characters in The Walking Dead spin-off. According to TV Line, one of the new survivors will be named Andrea Chapman, perhaps in homage to Laurie Holden’s deceased character. Judging from her character description, new Andrea shares old Andrea’s penchant for falling for the wrong guys.
“A somewhat wilted flower child, fortysomething Andrea — yep, another Andrea! — has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.”
There’s no word on what city the description is referring to.
There are going to be a lot of families in The Walking Dead spin-off. Sean Cabrera is a Latino male in his early 40s, and he’s described as “a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.” He’ll be joined by his “whip-smart and rebellious teenage son.” Cody Cabrera has some major anger management issues.
Then there’s Nancy Tompkins and her two teenagers. Single mom Nancy is described as looking like “the girl next door.” However, she has “an edge to her” that might help her survive the zombie apocalypse. Her daughter, Ashley, is ambitious and “level-headed.” Ashley’s brother, Nick, is described as a screw-up who is “too old to stay home, too scared to flee.”
You might notice that half The Walking Dead spin-off cast is currently composed of teenagers. Perhaps AMC is hoping to appeal to a younger crowd by introducing more characters that they can relate to.
There’s no word on casting just yet, but the actors and actresses who win these roles are in for one nerve-racking experience. Some characters don’t last very long on the current version of The Walking Dead, and any of them could die during Season 5. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Everybody Hates Chris star Tyler James Williams and The Wire alum Seth Gilliam might replace some Season 5 characters after they’re killed off (hopefully these characters don’t turn out to be Bob and Tyreese).
Luckily for the stars who get cast in the spin-off, it’s going to be set during the early days of the epidemic. With fewer walkers around, more characters might be able to survive longer.
Speaking of walkers, what will this new group of survivors call the living dead? The Syfy series Z Nation made it cool to refer to the undead as zombies again, but it’s unlikely that The Walking Dead will break its tradition of avoiding the Z-word. It’s also going to be interesting to see how comic book fans react to the spin-off — will it drive them crazy that they can’t scour the pages of source material in search of spoilers?
The Walking Dead spin-off will likely air sometime next year. Are you looking forward to it?
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