‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Character List Is Downright Foreboding

Walking Dead spinoff

While we count down the days until the Walking Dead season 5 premiere — just two weeks away! — let us turn our attention to the upcoming spinoff show for a moment. I know, you totally forgot there was going to be a spinoff show, didn’t you? I did too, I’ve been so focused on what our current survivors are going to get up to when the premiere airs, it slipped my mind there’s going to be a whole new cast of characters to obsess over.

TV Line has revealed who we can expect to see when the new show lurches to life, although no official casting announcements have been made yet. If you like to speculate over character descriptions, check out this latest scoop, which frankly has me more than a little worried that the Walking Dead offshoot is going to be annoying as HELL.


The Walking Dead “companion series” is scheduled to launch sometime in 2015, and while nothing much has been released about the show, we do know it will focus on an entirely new story and cast of characters. According to creator Robert Kirkman, who will serve as an exec producer on the offshoot (ka-ching!):

I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.

Here are the first character descriptions for the new show, provided by TV Line:

Sean Cabrera: A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.

Cody Cabrera: Sean’s whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.

Nancy Tompkins: A thirtysomething single mom to two kids, Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.

Nick Tompkins: Nancy’s screwed up teenage son. He’s too old to stay home, too scared to flee.

Ashley Tompkins: Nancy’s mostly level-headed teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother’s failures. She loves her mom but it’s time to get out of Dodge.

Andrea Chapman: A somewhat wilted flower child, fortysomething Andrea has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.

Oh hey, another Andrea. What, did the writers run out of names?

The thing about extremely brief character descriptions is they invariably sound a little corny (she’s the girl next door ... with an edge), but I gotta say, I’m feeling leery about all those teenagers. I mean, nothing against teenagers, but I’m a mature woman who likes her zombie shows with lots of spurting intestines and a minimum of young-person angst. I already have to stick my Carl-punching fist under the sofa cushion when he gets all moody or angrily eats, like, a shit-ton of pudding while ragging on his dad, and I’m not particularly interested in Cody being a pissy rebel or Nick being conflicted and screwed up or Ashley’s coming-of-age story, which will surely involve the treacly heartbreak of establishing independence from her mom.

I realize it’s not fair for me to dismiss the show before I’ve even seen it, and I do have quite a bit of faith in Robert Kirkman, so here’s hoping the characters turn out to be intriguing and well-written and not mostly made up of a lame Twilight cast of lip-biters and brow-furrowers. Pull yourself together, kids, it’s the apocalypse and no one’s got time for emo.

What do you think of these characters? Are you planning to watch the Walking Dead spinoff?

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