'The Walking Dead' companion series to be standalone, Season 4b is comics-heavy

Don't expect much crossover between "The Walking Dead" and its planned companion series. According to co-executive producer Greg Nicotero, the new AMC project will be its own beast when it gets made. "We're sort of treating the spinoff as a completely separate entity," Nicotero tells Channel Guide Magazine. "That was something that was very, very important when the notion of a companion series was even brought up. Many of us, the actors and the executive producers, wanted to make sure that anything we did, we didn't want it to diminish our story, our storyline, our characters and the momentum that we have. So the intent is that it is going to be its own standalone world." Nicotero directs episode 9 of "The Walking Dead" Season 4, the first episode back from the midseason break. The episode was written by comics creator Robert Kirkman, and Nicotero says it's among the closest episodes to the comics that's...



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