‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Casts Hero Bad Things Will Happen To

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While fans are still dealing with the emotional aftermath of Season 5’s midseason finale, the highly anticipated Walking Dead spinoff has cast its lead. Although AMC hasn’t confirmed any casting, Variety reports that Cliff Curtis will star in the series, which will explore the same zombie outbreak occurring on The Walking Dead, just in a different location with different characters. The show is currently untitled and only has a pilot order from the network, but given that The Walking Dead is the most popular show on TV, it’s fairly likely that the spinoff will be picked up as a series.

Curtis is a New Zealand native best known for the movies Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors, The Last Airbender, and Blow. He’s also been on the TV shows Body of Proof, Trauma, and Missing. Curtis is of Maori — an indigenous ethnic group from New Zealand — descent, and he often plays characters of a variety of ethnicities, including Latinos and those from the Middle East. Though, again, there’s no official information from AMC or Sons of Anarchy’s Dave Erickson, who’s been tapped as the showrunner for the spinoff, the website TVLine says that Cliff’s character is a Latino named Sean Cabrera and is described as “a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.”

The publication also provided the descriptions of the other characters. Cabrera’s son, Cody, is described as being smart, rebellious, and angry. The lead female role will be single mom Nancy Tompkins, who “looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.” Her son, Nick, is a slacker who’s too old to be living at home and yet remains stuck there, while his ambitious sister, Ashley, loves her family but knows she must get out on her own. Andrea Chapman is described as an aging hippie who moves to the edge of town to deal with a failed marriage.

Deadline has reported that the female lead character is a guidance counselor by profession, and that the young actors Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey were cast recently as her children.

“There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows,” the producer of both series and writer of the original comics, Robert Kirkman, said to Entertainment Weekly when the pilot was ordered. “Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill. I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of The Walking Dead, and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them.”

It seems as though Curtis is going to be playing a good guy who viewers will be rooting for in the face of all the adversity that a zombie apocalypse can bring, but if the spinoff is going to be anything like its predecessor, then the audience might not want to get too attached to the character’s good nature, or even the character in his entirety. The Walking Dead is notorious for killing off characters and having hardships change their morals.

The Walking Dead has already been picked up for a sixth season, and the show’s creators have said they have enough source material from the graphic novels to keep that show going at least through Season 10 while growing a new story in the spinoff.

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