The Walking Dead World Beyond: How is the series different to The Walking Dead?10/09/2020
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WARNING: This story contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: World Beyond
The Walking Dead: World Beyond is a new series, which also airs on AMC, and it is set 10 years after the apocalypse. The sequel to the original Walking Dead series stars Alexa Mansour as Hope Bennett and Nicolas Cantu as Elton Ortiz. The two actors spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk and other media about the main differences between the two post-apocalyptic shows.
How is World Beyond different to The Walking Dead?
The Walking Dead: World Beyond is a new feature of The Walking Dead franchise, and the show has been commissioned as a two-part limited series.
The first episode aired on October 2 in the UK, and October 4 in the US, and the following episodes will be airing weekly with the season one finale airing in early December 2020.
The series takes place in Nebraska and it follows a group of teenagers who are considered to be the first generation of the new world following the apocalypse.
Budding scientist and leader of the Campus Colony Iris Bennett (Aliyah Royale) and the university janitor Silas Plaskett (Hal Cumpston) join Hope and Elton as they attempt to locate Iris and Hope’s father.
Actor Cantu explained how the spin-off tells a story through a younger perspective, giving a fresh look at post-apocalyptic life.
He said: “With our show, it’s like jumping into the apocalypse with new eyes but it’s still the same world you have seen for the past 10 years.
“There are some similarities in some of the ways they approach challenges, but we are also very different as we are a much younger cast.
“Everything is much more amplified, the empties seem scarier as it’s through the perspective of teenagers. As we are fighting to survive we are also fighting to discover who we are.
“It’s a message of hope even though it’s an apocalypse, it’s still teenagers going through this. We get to see their perspective, it’s very real problems they face.”
Elton has also experienced great loss as fans learn his mother was killed during the apocalypse, and he was forced to grow up alone.
Actress Mansour explained how the sequel series is a different take on life post-apocalypse as it gives young people a chance to come of age.
She said: “We grew up while everything was happening so in a way you would think we are prepared, but I think the characters on the original show are probably a lot more prepared considering their age and strength.
“We are going out in the wild and doing what we think we should be doing, not what is right. We don’t think about the consequences, we are 16 years old.”
Fans learn just how difficult the teenagers find surviving outside the walls of their university campus, as they face many close calls with the empties.
But Mansour said as a message to young people, things will get better for the group and they will get through difficult times together.
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She said: “With everything that’s going on it’s really easy to think it won’t get better. I hope kids can look at that and say there’s a way out of it, I can fix it myself.
“We don’t tend to validate kids’ feelings, I want this show to prove to kids they are valid too and they are allowed to go through things, and it gets better.”
With season 10, episode 16 of The Walking Dead having aired around the same time as the sequel’s debut episode, fans were quick to make comparisons between the two.
One viewer said on Twitter ahead of the launch: “The Walking Dead season 10 finale and the World Beyond premiere. It is here. It is happening. The best day ever is upon us.”
Another fan said: “Walking dead World Beyond is so good. It achieves exactly what it’s trying to. It’s a teen drama set in the world of The Walking Dead and it works so well.”
While some fans are keen to see how the story evolves with each episode, others have shared their criticism. One fan said: “There was no gore, almost no walker action, just a bunch of people living almost-regular lives.”
Still, the cast has expressed their excitement over the release of the new series and Mansour shared some fan art on her Instagram page, which features all of the characters from The Walking Dead universe together- including Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Maggie Rhee (Lauran Cohan).
Fans were sad none of the characters from the original series were mentioned in the sequel, however as the series is set so long after the events of the original, the show is meant to be viewed as a separate, almost anthological story.
Cantu shared a photo of himself in front of a billboard displaying a poster for the series and said it had been an “incredible journey” over five months of filming.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond airs weekly on Prime Video and AMC
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