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'The Walking Dead: World Beyond' Spinoff Trailer Drops. And...WTF?!?

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By Wednesday Lee Friday

Have you ever scrolled through your TV listings or DVR selections and thought, 'Gosh, I wish there were more shows about zombies?' Of course you haven't. Very few people have.

We've already had 'The Walking Dead' and it's first spinoff, 'Fear the Walking Dead.' While the second show is probably better at killing off main cast members, it really wasn't necessary. But then there's also 'Z Nation,' and 'iZombie' and 'Z Wars' and 'Santa Clarita Diet' and 'The Returned' and that 'Evil Dead' series and 'Helix' and 'Stan Against Evil' and 'Penny Dreadful' and 'American Horror Story,' and 'Dead Set' and...and...

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Why so Many?

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Zombies often travel in packs, so many zombie shows think they need to do the same.

We suspect that there are a massive glut of zombie shows happening for two simple reasons:

  1. They're inexpensive to make.
  2. People like them.

Fans already know that when 'The Walking Dead' was greenlit for a second season, they cut the budget and doubled the number of episodes. Very few fans even noticed the dramatic drop in production values, not to mention the infuriating lack of input from Frank Darabont. And we're not even gonna talk about what they did to Dale.

The Teaser

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The trailer itself isn't much. Granted, it's merely a teaser which means it's only meant to get you stoked for the show. Since many fans already think trailers give away too much information, it's probably good that the teaser was light on info.

That said, it was really just a lot of young people standing around with weapons amid plumes of colored smoke. Does this signify a changing world? A new generation of people growing up among the zombies?

Is this the life Carl Grimes could have had if he'd been allowed to live?

What Will a Younger Cast Mean?

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How will having younger characters change their response to zombies?

It's an interesting question. Overall, teens and twenty-somethings tend to be more liberal and lean toward socialism. That probably means they won't turn into junior Governors or Negans-in-training. One can expect a more harmonious plan for living, sharing, and securing what they need.

Youthful protagonists will probably also lead to outsiders underestimating them, their fighting skill, cunning, and survival knowlege. That should make for some tense confrontations during this two-season limited series.

Strong Women Getting Stronger

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Perhaps the most intriguing part of the spinoff trailer is how many women are featured (and how few men). Women are stereotyped as having all the things humanity will need to survive a zombie apocalypse: patience, caregiving skills, organization, delegation, and remaining calm in the face of adversity. Adversity in this case being undead cannibals relentlessly trying to devour you.

We can't say whether The Walking Dead: World Beyond will be amazingly awesome or just more of the same. We can say that it drops in April and that it's gonna feature a bunch of ladies who appear to know how to get things done.

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