In the zombie apocalypse, the dead do not stay dead forever. Traditionally, this would mean a beloved family member suffers a nasty Walker bite and an even nastier fever before returning a shambling, snarling, eternally hungry corpse.
But The Walking Dead's chief content officer, Scott Gimple, has some plans that could radically change the way the series tells stories. And let's just say, fans of a few long passed on characters should be very, very excited about this recent news.
From Series To Full-Blown Franchise
When it first came on the scene, The Walking Dead consisted of a cable TV series, a comic book, and a video game. AMC tested out mini online episodes that told a separate story from week to week using 16 episodes of a minute-long titled Fear The Walking Dead that became quite popular.
After the popularity of these supporting efforts, AMC decided to run a companion series, Fear The Walking Dead and now has plans for a third TV series and movies.
But Wait, There's More
Gimple revealed still more plans to open up the lucrative The Walking Dead universe. The former showrunner announced a potential special event series that could breathe new life into long-dead fan-favorite characters.
During an interview, Gimple was asked what we could expect in the future of the show, when he dropped the limited event series bombshell. Gimple explained the short spinoff series would feature well-loved characters that have since passed, reuniting fans with their faves and giving viewers a glimpse at their backstories.
Carl Grimes Throws His Hat In The Ring
After finding out that The Walking Dead may be reviving dead characters, former Carl Grimes actor Chandler Riggs seemingly expressed interest in returning to the Walker-infested universe. The 20-year-old actor simply retweeted a post about the interview, adding a side-eye emoji to the post.
Grimes' exit from the zombie drama was quite controversial, many Carl fans believed his character to be comic book creator Robert Kirkman's intended future of the series. Riggs' father angrily spoke up about his son's exit, insisting the actor had wanted to stay on.
The Story That Never Dies
Gimple also announced plans recently to shake up the structure of the stories told through The Walking Dead franchise. The chief content officer saw an opportunity in the Andrew Lincoln led spinoff films to explore the apocalypse in brand new ways.
Gimple promised the new films would push former protagonist Rick Grimes in ways he has never before experienced. The exec cited the grand nature of the big screen and a different method of storytelling as the reasons behind these changes.