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There are few shows in TV history that have gained quite as much popularity as The Walking Dead. AMC's apocalyptic drama is currently in its whopping eighth season on the air, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Spinoff Fear The Walking Dead has been slowly gaining more fans during its first trio of season on the air, and Season 4 will arrive fresh off the heels of TWD's finale. Fear will also get another boost because of the upcoming crossover event, so could more spinoffs come in the near future? Walking Dead director and makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero recently revealed a spinoff he'd like to see next on AMC, specifically what the climate should be.
The one thing that the comic book does great [is] when they introduce the cold weather and the winter. I had even written some webisodes that took place with a frozen zombie herd. And I think that our hopes are --- my hopes --- would be that we would get into an entirely different location, like a cold weather scenario. Because frozen zombies are fucking awesome. Until they thaw out and then you're screwed. Because they would freeze and thaw out, and they would be fine.
Greg Nicotero is ready to take the zombie apocalypse to a more arctic setting, and see how both the undead and the living manage to survive in such harsh weather conditions. It's something that has never really been explored in either The Walking Dead or Fear, as they've been set in Atlanta and California respectively.
Aside from wanting to take the zombie apocalypse to a colder climate, it seems that Greg Nicotero is also hoping that a future spinoff would be set outside of the US. When asked if the snowy spinoff would also be set in the country, Nicotero said:
I don't think so. We've done a good job of allowing our audience to populate the U.S. and I think there's a lot more opportunities outside of the U.S. for a zombie show.
This concept, as well as the weather, might be enough of a reason for AMC to develop another Walking Dead spinoff. Seeing how another country or different society deals with the apocalypse would be fascinating, and is no doubt why Fear got its earliest viewership.
Fear The Walking Dead has had some international plot lines in a way that the original show never could. We see as water becomes a valuable resource across the border, and also watched as Native Americans attempted to reclaim their land from early settlers. But having a show completely set outside of the US could help expand the franchise in an really exciting way.