Aside from a few key cast members who have been added for The Walking Dead Companion Series: Cobalt, like Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens, there isn't much we know about the show, except that it is set in Los Angeles. There have been rumors that the show is actually a prequel that takes place in the early days of the zombie apocalypse, but that has yet to be confirmed by AMC. Today, Nerdist's Jessica Chobot has new details about the spinoff's actual title, along with news that fans will be introduced to at least one character from the companion series in Season 6 of The Walking Dead. Here's what she had to say below.
"Our sources tell us that one of the characters who will lead The Walking Dead spinoff, will be appearing for a six-episode arc in Season 6 of The Walking Dead. They'll cross paths with Team Rick in Georgia before presumably making their way towards the West Coast for the L.A.-based show. Now, while there is no air date set for the spinoff, here's what we have heard. The show is rumored to be titled Fear The Walking Dead, and allegedly takes place while Rick was in a coma, during the initial zombie plague outbreak. This means we'll get to see how the world crumbled around society as the dead first began to walk the Earth."
Ever since Season 2, The Walking Dead has split their seasons in half, with a seven or eight-episode chunk airing in the fall, with the back half airing the following winter. If these details are true, it's possible that AMC will air the first half of The Walking Dead Season 6 this fall, followed immediately by the Fear The Walking Dead spinoff, which will take the flagship show's place during its hiatus before returning for the back half of Season 6. If this is true, then it's unclear how the spinoff character will be introduced in a six-episode arc, if Fear The Walking Dead does take place while Rick was in a coma, before The Walking Dead Season 1 started.
AMC could be employing a strategy similar to ABC, which used Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to help set up Marvel's Agent Carter, which takes place several decades before Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. What do you think about these new details? Do you like the alleged title Fear The Walking Dead better than Cobalt? Chime in with your thoughts below.