The Walking Dead fans vote for character spin-offs over new plotline

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 14 - Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 14 - Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC /

I wanted to conduct a poll asking The Walking Dead fans if they would rather see a character origin spinoff or a new plotline spinoff. Character origin won with 78% of votes and new plotline at 22%.

A character spinoff would be new territory for The Walking Dead as thus far spinoffs seem to be reserved for the likes of Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond. While both shows introduce new characters and expand the post-apocalyptic world beyond what is shown in The Walking Dead, it does leave viewers with this want to know more about specific characters.

For instance, one response to this poll was calling for a Tara Chambler origin story. Tara’s character was introduced in Season 4’s “Live Bait” where she, her sister, niece, and father met The Governor who went by another alias, Brian.

Her dreams of being a police officer never came true thanks to the end of the world. Tara wound up becoming a reoccurring character on the show, most often cracking jokes and being very loyal to her friends who could have abandoned her when she blindly followed The Governor.

The Walking Dead fans would rather see character origin stories than a new plotline

A spinoff following her progress at the police academy and seeing her before the world changed would be a fun watch. Anyone could argue that every single character in The Walking Dead Universe can have a successful spinoff. However, will the writers and showrunners pull through with origin stories or will they simply create specific episodes as is the case for Negan and Lucille?

It would be in the show’s best interest to change up the stories by focusing on a sole character or characters.

For example, audiences might enjoy what Merle and Daryl were up to before the apocalypse and how they wound up finding Shane and the rest of the group. While Daryl would do anything for Merle it was obvious there was more to their story for the mere fact Daryl wound up being remotely nothing like Merle.

Another example could be used to focus on Terminus before it turned into the cannibal trap audiences know it by. It was said it was a true sanctuary once before it was taken from them so let audiences see how that happened.

The list goes on and on.

These spinoffs by no means have to run an entire season but should last more than a single episode. With the final season of The Walking Dead drawing near, perhaps this is a direction the writers and showrunners might take in the near future.

If so I will gladly watch, eager to learn more.

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Which character spinoff would you like to see from The Walking Dead? Leave your answers in the comments below!