When it comes to what makes a television show a big success, there are always certain elements that are needed for the show to continue along its path and, for the hit AMC television series The Walking Dead, the main element of the series is the fact that it has zombies in it. After all what would The Walking Dead be without zombies?
Well, it seems that there was almost a point where The Walking Dead was not going to have zombies in it. Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman have been talking about the early days of The Walking Dead and they have revealed how the show was touted to NBC, who said that they would gladly take it on but did not want the zombies in it.
The creators explained, "[The Walking Dead] actually almost did almost get made at NBC. It didn’t get made when the pilot was turned in, the famous story is one of the executives said, ‘This is awesome. I really love this. Does it have to have zombies in it?’"
Fortunately though, Frank and Robert had the sense to continue pitching The Walking Dead to other networks and were eventually taken on by AMC, a relationship which has seen four impressive seasons so far, with talks of a spin-off series eventually happening. Speaking of their relationship with AMC, Darabont and Kirkman said they knew almost instantly that The Walking Dead would work there.
They added, "You couldn’t have done that kind of show at that network. We were very concerned early on what kind of gore we were going to be able to film and what kind of boundaries we were going to be able to push with the show. And AMC has this thing called Fearfest, and so to ease our minds, they just edited together this four minute clip of the most horrendous bits of gore that you could see on the network."
As for that spin-off series, we will not see any of the characters from The Walking Dead making an appearance in the show, as it will be set somewhere else in the world, with a whole host of brand new characters. It was expected that The Walking Dead spin-off would premiere in 2015 but it could now be delayed as producers want to get it perfect.