Considering The Walking Dead is the biggest scripted series on television in terms of overall key demographics and DVR audience, it’s no surprise AMC is hard at work at the moment on a spin-off to their hit zombie drama. The series is currently being written by Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman, but there is little else known about the new series beyond some of the early casting that includes Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam, and its codename of Cobalt. However, as of today, we can now report where the series is going to be set. If it’s true, it could be a place that takes the franchise in a whole new direction — literally.
According to TV Line, The Walking Dead’s forthcoming companion series is set to take place in Los Angeles, California, which seemingly confirms the companion series will take the franchise out of the backwoods and middle-America settings of the original series.
It’s an interesting decision given that part of The Walking Dead’s success has to do with its setting. By putting itself in America’s heartland rather than a coastal city, it allowed the show to reflect most of the country back on to itself. Daryl, Rick, Michonne — they all come across as average, middle class folks that get put into an unimaginable scenario that they must fight through to survive. It will be very interesting to see the ways the new show will use its Los Angeles setting to express the dire nature of the zombie apocalypse should it go to series (spoiler alert: it will).
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