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First details of new Walking Dead series revealed at SDCC 2019

We’re imagining Mean Girls with zombies

A still photo of a shirtless zombie walking through a forest from The Walking Dead, season 5, episode 12.
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With The Walking Dead finding new life after Rick’s death and Fear the Walking Dead carving out a deeper understanding of its parallel cast of characters, the world of The Walking Dead is still finding room to expand. A third series, focused on a new cast of younger characters, was announced in April and, at the franchise’s 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panel, the creatives running point on the mythology shared more about what to expect.

The Walking Dead’s chief content officer Scott Gimple took the stage at SDCC to reveal how the series, which has yet to be titled, would click into the canon of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, which has occasionally established other civilizations scattered across North America.

The characters at the center of the new series will be young adults who only know a life amongst walkers, and who grew up “behind walls.” Gimple says they knew a life with comfort and safety. “They know what walkers are, they know how to kill them, but they’ve never done it.”

The thrust of the series finds the children of zombie privilege leaving home for the first time. “We’re going to see some of these kids become heroes, and some becomes villains,” Gimple teased.

Fans of The Walking Dead universe will learn more on July 29, when AMC will drop a bigger preview of the new world. Until then, there’s Fear the Walking Dead, which returns this August. The opening of the season 5 premiere dropped during the panel, which you can watch right now:

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