The Walking Dead‘s viewership numbers may be dwindling, but the zombie series still has enough life left to spawn a second spinoff series. The Walking Dead: World Beyond is a new limited series set in the world of TWD, and judging from the new teaser, it’s going to be entirely different in tone from what’s come before.
The series is geared toward a YA audience, with a cast full of teens that represent the first generation raised after the zombie apocalypse. Unlike in The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, these characters aren’t coping with the loss of the world they knew. The zombie world is the only world they know, which should make for a strikingly different point of view compared to the other adult-focused series. So how does this new premise look in action? Take a look at the new teaser below.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond expands the universe of The Walking Dead, delving into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek.
We have to admit, the teaser is a little jarring. The juxtaposition of teens and walkers is, well, kinda weird. This kind of mix of fantasy with good looking young people and melodramatic dialogue is more like what we’re used to seeing on the CW. But this isn’t the CW, it’s The Walking Dead. We don’t foresee much of a crossover audience between the original series and World Beyond, and to be honest, we’re not really sure just who this new show is supposed to be for.
Maybe we’re being over-pessimistic, but we’ll find out if The Walking Dead: World Beyond is any good when the series premieres on AMC on April 12.