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tv shot The walking dead ask what happens after the world is overrun with zombies. But what happens after this? The Walking Dead: World Beyond turns 10 years after the zombie apocalypse and meets the children who come of age in a strange new world. Let’s call it Booksmart with Zombies. Stand By Me with more corpses. The Breakfast Club with real clubs.

World Beyond will run over just two seasons and debut Sunday, October 4 on AMC in the US. International viewers get a preview of the show’s premiere on Amazon Prime Video on October 2. We are in season 10 of The Walking Dead and season 6 of Fear the living dead, which means quite a bit of time has passed since the day the living dead arose, and that’s the angle taken by World Beyond.

The new show opens in a community that has settled into the new normal. School children learn to stab “voids” with the eye. Field trips are escorted by tough guys with leather jackets and sharp sticks. City dwellers live in beautiful homes, but terminally ill people have bars on their doors just in case. These are people who have found a way to live among the dead.

Of course, anyone who’s seen the original Walking Dead series knows what happens when people move too much, even in the most comfortable neighborhood. Except in the world beyond. The first of the two biggest problems with World Beyond is that it is quite comfortable.

The settlement seems rather undramatic and the zombies are barely treated as a threat, with little suspense creeping up on the original show. There has been some tension since the arrival of the ambiguous, black-clad Civic Republic Army, an organization familiar to longtime Deadheads. But that’s not exactly nail-biting stuff, even as Hope and Iris launched out beyond the safety of city walls into meandering backdrops.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond embarks on a new adventure in the land of zombies.

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There is at least one delightfully dark image in each of the first two episodes AMC shared with the press, which is surely what zombie fans are looking for. But the action is otherwise limited by the irresistibly inventive and notoriously villainous of the main show and the previous spin-off Fear The Walking Dead.

It doesn’t have to be the end of the world, of course. It might not be the splatterfest that hardcore horror fans want, but it invites a larger audience. World Beyond is essentially the young adult version of The Walking Dead, and that’s good.

This YA version of The Walking Dead focuses on a gang of misfit teenagers, each with their own story and portrayed in decent performances by the young cast. At school, Hope and Iris are two very different sisters. One is a student president and the other is a tough rebel, but they both envision a future beyond their small, all-American town bathed in sunshine.

Familiarity is the biggest issue, and not just the scene where a teenage girl addressing school tears up her speech to speak from the heart instead. Calling it World Beyond suggests we’ll see a new perspective on the Walking Dead universe, perhaps taking us into an intriguing environment we’ve never seen before or exploring how the zompocalypse has affected another part of society. , as Fear the Walking Dead did on a boat ride to Mexico. At the very least, we might expect World Beyond to be a little different from previous shows. But no: it’s another road trip through the dusty roads and leafy forests of rural America.

Again, these are just the first two episodes. Our group of misfits may reach newer territory, and the drama and horror may escalate, but you’d expect the Prime Minister to at least hint at something a little fresh.

World Beyond may offer something to longtime viewers: a closer look at the Civic republic, the mysterious army dressed in black who swept away original series protagonist Rick Grimes on a helicopter in Season 9
. Whether this will be enough to draw fans to a relatively bloodless version of the Walking Dead universe remains to be seen.