The latest The Walking Dead spinoff is going in a different direction than normal. Showrunner Matt Negrete reveals in an interview with Entertainment Weekly how The Walking Dead: World Beyond is like 1986 classic Stand By Me!
The new series features a much younger cast than normal. Negrete goes into detail about the young ones. “The thing that really excited me about this new series is that it offers a different perspective of the apocalypse. We have the opportunity to follow a younger group of characters. The thing that was exciting to me with the idea of having this group of characters that were younger, and they’re essentially the first generation to grow up in the apocalypse. And so to be able to see the world through their eyes was really, to me, something that would really make the show stand out and to tell a coming of age story in the middle of the apocalypse.“
Additionally, the show will be two seasons and done. It’s the first The Walking Dead series to have a set end date in sight before it begins. This puts a deadline on the story, which Negrete is embracing. He states “We’re going to go two seasons. It’s going to be 20 episodes total. It’s challenging, because there’s a lot we need to fit in those 20 episodes. But, at the same time, it’s great to approach it knowing what you’re working towards. So we’re really looking at these two seasons as two very different feeling chapters of hopefully a very satisfying book.“
The Walking Dead: World Beyond premieres on October 4 on AMC!