What comes next?

The new Walking Dead spinoff is set to make its panel debut at New York Comic Con this weekend, but AMC has released some first-look photos of the as-yet untitled third series in The Walking Dead franchise.

The NYCC panel will unite the show’s co-creators Scott M. Gimple and showrunner Matt Negrete, alongside cast members Aliyah Royale (who plays Iris), Alexa Mansour (Hope), Annet Mahendru (Huck), Nicolas Cantu (Elton), Hal Cumpston (Silas), and Nico Tortorella (Felix).

All six cast members are shown in the newly-released photos:

Nico Tortorella as Felix, Annet Mahendru as Huck
Alexa Mansour as Hope, Aliyah Royale as Iris, Hal Cumpston as Silas, Nicolas Cantu as Elton
Alexa Mansour as Hope, Hal Cumpston as Silas
Alexa Mansour as Hope, Aliyah Royale as Iris, Nicolas Cantu as Elton
Alexa Mansour as Hope, Aliyah Royale as Iris

The new show’s synopsis reads: “The third installment of the franchise will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”

Six months ago, when AMC gave the spinoff the green light, David Madden, president of programming for AMC was nothing but positive, “We’re thrilled that the Dead will keep walking into a new corner of the post-apocalyptic world, a corner that will present stories and characters unlike any that The Walking Dead has dramatized thus far, and that is bound to excite one of the most passionate fan bases in television. Scott has been an invaluable leader for the Universe since taking on the role of chief content officer, with a distinct and innovative vision for the franchise. Likewise, we’re excited to have Matt, who has been a crucial part of The Walking Dead family for over five years and penned many memorable episodes of TWD, at the helm of this original series.”

It has to be said, however, that perhaps the TWD team are flogging an undead horse at this point. Does anyone really want more Walking Dead series when their core offering has been in decline for a while now? We shall see.

The series will premiere on AMC in Spring 2020.

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