In the official press release announcing the leadership changes and new season, there was a particular line teasing an expansion of the Walking Dead universe.
While it’s important to note that the statement doesn’t indicate that there are currently any projects in development at any stage, it does indicate that the network is considering expanding the universe and potentially beyond just television. The specific mention of “variety of platforms,” opens the door to things such as video games, movies, and interactive content. The Walking Dead has previously explored content outside of direct tv spinoffs. There have been, to date, three web series based on The Walking Dead released via AMC’s website — Torn Apart (2011), Cold Storage (2012), and The Oath (2013) — as well as an animated comic book in 2011 in addition to AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead which debuted in 2015.
“The Walking Dead is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book,” Gimple said. “As the show closes in on its tenth year, I’m honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of The Walking Dead with new narratives like Fear the Walking Dead and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of The Walking Dead, and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.”