THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND is a new The Walking Dead spin-off series. It’s the second one after Fear The Walking Dead but more are on the way. Is it any good? Based on the pilot episode?! No, not really. Read more in our The Walking Dead: World Beyond review here!
THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND is the latest spin-off from The Walking Dead. This is, of course, the second spin-off after Fear The Walking Dead which started out okay and even became better than the original series for a while.
For me, this latest spin-off series which supposedly features the first generation born into the world of zombies is just stupid in far too many ways!
Continue reading our The Walking Dead: World Beyond review below and check it out on AMC or Amazon Prime Video (depending on where in the world you are).
The first generation raised in the post-apocalyptic world
So much of the world, we’re presented with in The Walking Dead: World Beyond just seems like a glossed over Disney-fied version. Life seems very normal in many ways, where every girl has perfect eyebrows and you can print huge banners like it was the 2020 Presidential campaign and not a post-apocalyptic world.
Also, these kids who should be raised with the knowledge of how important it is to protect yourself and fight back seem… well, like spoiled kids almost. And one of these kids seems to almost be in charge of the city, they live in. It’s all very strange and makes TWD: World Beyond seem like a series made for a very young audience.
A first episode (or pilot, if you will) has one job really; To make you interested and curious enough to return for the next episode the following week. In other words, the pilot should make you want to keep watching. This TWD: World Beyond pilot definitely did not do this for me.
Don’t get me wrong, I will watch another episode. But I have absolutely no hopes of enjoying it.
The song from episode 1 of TWD: World Beyond
One thing from episode 1 of The Walking Dead: World Beyond did really stand out for me; The song played several times which I am hoping will be the actual theme song for the series.
Yes, based on the first episode, the best part of this new series was the song “Devil” by PJ Harvey. The addition of this song alone lifted the pilot episode which otherwise defied a lot of logic. Check out the full song on PJ Harvey’s YouTube channel here >
I am always excited about anything affiliated with The Walking Dead due to how good the show used to be. These days, watching most things related to the franchise tends to disappoint, but I must admit this was a new low. So little makes sense in TWD: World Beyond that it just defies any and all logic.
Watch The Walking Dead: World Beyond on AMC or Amazon Prime Video
Scott M. Gimple and Matthew Negrete are the creators of TWD: World Beyond. Both have written on episodes of the original series as well. Also, they have both worked as writers on the animated series Fillmore! which was also created by Scott M. Gimple. It’s also known simply as Disney’s Filmore!
From the beginning, it was revealed that this new spin-off will have just two seasons. Season 1 has 11 episodes and I probably will end up watching it, since we already know it ties into the original series (and therefore also Fear the Walking Dead). I just really hope it will improve when moving beyond this rather lackluster pilot episode.
I have no idea who the target demographic for this series is, but I am really hoping it wasn’t supposed to be someone like me. Meaning, an adult fan of the original show. If it was, then it definitely failed and that would just be a damn shame.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond premiered on AMC October 4, 2020, and on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, the UK, and other European countries.
Creators: Scott M. Gimple, Matthew Negrete
Stars: Aliyah Royale, Nico Tortorella, Annet Mahendru, Alexa Mansour, Julia Ormond, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston
The series is set in Nebraska ten years after the zombie apocalypse. 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. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.