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'The Walking Dead' gets spinoff, AMC announces

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Zombies from "The Walking Dead" will be returning for a 5th season. Credit: AP

What would you do if you ran AMC and were about to see the end of "Breaking Bad," and "Mad Men" in a couple years, and soggy ratings for your newest launch, "Low Winter Sun?" You'd launch a spinoff or companion to "The Walking Dead" -- that's what you'd do. You'd also call Robert Kirkman, "Dead" creator, to see if he has a few  more stories in him as well.

 As it turns out, that's exactly what AMC has done too. Here are the details, via news release:

Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18 to 49 is literally a no-brainer,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager. “We look forward to working with Robert, Gale [Anne Hurd] and Dave [Alpert] again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn't be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of "The Walking Dead" universe,” said Kirkman. “The opportunity to make a show that isn't tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

Begs all sorts of intriguing questions, What would this companion series be? More walkers? Nah, that's been done -- but wait, if this is a companion, then YES, more walkers. And if not tethered by the events of the comic novel, then tethered by what, or to what?

 This is, already, one of the most anticipated series in AMC history, and none of us has a clue what it will be about.

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