The Walking Dead fans have been quite irritated lately. [Spoiler Alert] In the recent midseason finale, one of the major characters meets a gruesome death. While we certainly aren’t surprised with shocking character deaths by now, some fans believe this death in particular was poorly executed and unnecessary. Petitions have been created which demand that the show bring back the deceased character or give her a proper ending. To make matters worse, The Walking Dead‘s official Facebook page completely spoiled this major death for many viewers by revealing it on social media almost immediately following the East Coast airing on Sunday.
Luckily for you, this next bit of news may help you lose that bitterness. The Walking Dead spinoff has officially announced that the male lead will be played by Polynesian actor Cliff Curtis.
According to The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, the spinoff, tentatively titled Cobalt, will show how the zombie apocalypse has affected other parts of the world. This spinoff will focus on a divorced male teacher (Curtis) and a female guidance counselor.
According to Yahoo.com, AMC President Charlie Collier has commented on the series companion:
“Almost from the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most.
Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct. We’re thrilled to be taking this next step with these remarkable partners.”
You may recognize Curtis from Fox’s action drama Gang Related and as Fire Lord Ozai in M. Night Shyamalan‘s cinematic adaptation of The Last Airbender.