If you’re interested in checking out the latest edition of The Walking Dead, you’re going to be waiting a while.
Today, AMC confirmed via Twitter (see below) that the upcoming The Walking Dead: World Beyond spin-off show is delaying its premiere date from April 12 until a little bit later this year. As for the reasoning behind the move, it more than likely has to do with the real-life events that are going on in the world.
It doesn’t take too much effort to figure out why the network would want to do this. While you can argue that now is the time that there are a lot of viewers at home, at the same time it’s also not really the time to premiere a show about a post-apocalyptic world. It’s a little bit different with The Walking Dead proper, as the season premiered before the current medical crisis started to unravel all over the country.
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We think the reason why the new premiere date is so ambiguous is simply because the network is taking somewhat of a wait-and-see approach in order to figure out precisely whatever it is that they want to do. There’s a real need to see what’s going on with the rest of the world, and then at that point, you can reassess things.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond is meant to be a different sort of story than anything we’re getting from either the main show or Fear the Walking Dead. This is described as a “two-season limited event,” meaning that there’s a pretty defined beginning, middle, and end here. You can watch knowing that the story (which revolves around a younger generation who grew up in the zombie era) has been plotted out and isn’t just going to last forever.
Do you think it was the right move to delay The Walking Dead: World Beyond?
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