Amazon Prime Sets October UK Premiere Date For ‘The Walking Dead: World Beyond’

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27 Jul 20

Amazon Prime has set an October UK premiere date, just a day after the US premiere, for new series The Walking Dead: World Beyond, along with releasing a trailer for the zombie drama.

‘World Beyond’ expands the universe of ‘The Walking Dead’, delving into new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek.

Co-created by zombie overlord Scott M. Gimple and showrunner Matt Negrete, ‘The Walking Dead: World Beyond’ stars Alexa Mansour (‘Madam Secretary’, SEAL Team’) as Hope, a good-natured rule-breaker who lives for today. She is likeable and funny on the outside but sad on the inside; Aliyah Royale (‘The Red Line’) plays Hope’s sister Iris, one of the two main protagonists of the series; Nicolas Cantu (‘The Amazing World of Gumball’) stars as Elton, who is said to be friendly and an old soul. Whilst he might be small for his age, he is a black belt in karate, so can handle himself; Hal Cumpston (‘Bilched’) plays Silas who is described big for his age, and a shy loner that scares some kids, but he hates the fact that he scares people; Nico Tortorella (‘Younger’, ‘The Following’) portrays Felix, an honourable man of his word who isn’t afraid to fight for others’ safety and acceptance; Annet Mahendru (‘Tyrant’, ‘The Americans’) stars as Huck another member of the gang; And Julia Ormond (‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’) plays Elizabeth, the charismatic leader of a large, sophisticated and formidable force.

The series also features guest stars Natalie Gold (‘Succession’, ‘The Land of Steady Habits’) as Lyla, a mysterious figure operating in the shadows on behalf of the cause she believes in; Al Calderon (‘Step Up: High Water’) as Barca; Scott Adsit (‘Veep’, ’30 Rock’) as Tony; and Ted Sutherland (‘Fear Street’, ‘Rise’) as Percy.

Produced and distributed by AMC Studios, the series is executive produced by Gimple, Negrete, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Brian Bockrath.

Unlike the main ‘Walking Dead’ show or the ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ spin-off, AMC has set a limit on ‘World Beyond’ of 2 Seasons. Whilst this may seem like an odd decision, it does fit in with TWD’s overlord Scott M. Gimple’s previous comments on building AMC’s “Walking Dead Universe”. “Our job is to make (the shows) as different from one another as possible so that that part of it doesn’t feel repetitious,” Gimple commented. “Each show should scratch its own different itch.” If they have a story but they feel it only needs a couple of seasons to tell it, then it is better to make it a tight, well crafted limited series than stretch it well beyond its welcome.

We already know there are some Rick Grimes movies in pre-production, and we also know that the community in ‘World Beyond’ has some connection to the people that we saw taking Rick away in that helicopter. We don’t know exactly when the Grimes movies will drop, but it is entirely possible that this series is there to serve as some sort of background or bridge which leads straight into those films.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond‘ Season 1 premieres Monday, 5th October 2020 on Amazon Prime UK. In the US the series premieres Sunday, April 4th 2020 at 10/9c (after The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale) on AMC.