'Walking Dead: World Beyond' release date, cast, trailer for the YA spinoff

The end of the world was just the beginning. On Sunday, during the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, AMC announced the third new series in its Walking Dead universe. Titled The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the show will take place in the near future and focus on the first generation born into the post-apocalypse forced to grow up in a dangerous but familiar world.

Here’s everything we know so far about The Walking Dead: World Beyond, from release date details to the latest trailers to major clues.

What is the plot of The Walking Dead: World Beyond?

"It’s as if George Romero rewrote The Hunger Games.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond is the third series in AMC’s Walking Dead franchise, after The Walking Dead and its prequel/sequel series, Fear the Walking Dead. World Beyond takes place a little further into the future, in that it follows the first generation born into the apocalypse.

Still inexplicably set in the rural American south (filming takes place in Georgia, same as the other shows), the vague synopsis teases that the first generation will have some heroes… and some villains. “In the end, all of them will be changed forever.”

There is so little known about World Beyond, we don’t even know the names of most of the main characters. However, the series will involve a major antagonistic presence, identified by their ominous symbol of three interlocked rings, that’s been heavily set up in recent episodes of The Walking Dead.

When is The Walking Dead: World Beyond release date?

The show will debut “Spring 2020.” It will air on AMC in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. It will air on Amazon Prime in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Julia Ormond stars in 'The Walking Dead: World Beyond,' premiering spring 2020 on AMC.AMC

Who stars in The Walking Dead: World Beyond cast?

Actors Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Annet Mahendru, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston and Nico Tortorella all star as thus-far unnamed characters.

Emmy-winner Julia Ormond stars as Elizabeth, “the charismatic leader of a large, sophisticated and formidable force” in the Walking Dead universe.

Natalie Gold, “a mysterious figure” named “Lyla,” Al Calderon as “Barca,” Scott Adsit as “Tony,” and Ted Sutherland as “Percy” all serve supporting roles.

Will World Beyond have any familiar characters?

As of now, it’s unknown which characters from The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead will appear in World Beyond. It took a few seasons before Fear the Walking Dead had any pronounced connections to The Walking Dead, so it might just be a matter of time.

Is there a trailer for World Beyond?

Yes! It premiered during the Season 10 mid-season finale. You can watch it below, all 30 seconds of it.

It kind of looks like a YA novel

Doesn’t it? Besides the uplifting pop music score that plays in the trailer, The Walking Dead: World Beyond looks like a young adult fiction take on Walking Dead’s brand of zombie horror: A cast of young-ish teenagers go up against a scary, authoritarian regime, all while trying to survive hordes of zombies. It’s as if George Romero rewrote The Hunger Games.

What are the three rings?

The three rings still carry unknown meaning. But they belong to a mysterious, and apparently powerful, group of survivors led by Ormond’s Elizabeth. Here’s how she describes them: “We are the last light of the world. We are the last hope.”

That they have loaded weapons, uniforms, and working helicopters suggests they have resources beyond any we’ve seen from anyone else in The Walking Dead.

Look familiar?AMC 

The group may also be responsible for keeping Rick (Andrew Lincoln) alive. Presumed dead in Season 9, Episode 5 after injuring himself near a muddy riverbank, Rick was saved by Anne/Jadis (Pollyanna Mcintosh), who arranged with a mysterious party in a helicopter to rescue them both. The last that anyone has seen of Rick in The Walking Dead was in the helicopter, being carried away to parts unknown.

The same group were later seen in Fear the Walking Dead. Their name may be “CRM” — what that stands for is unclear. But one soldier named Isabelle tells the characters in Fear, “We are a force who are not living for ourselves or for now. We have the future.” And they’re not friendly! As Isabelle warns Al in Fear the Walking Dead, “If you see someone wearing this jacket, you should be afraid.”

The Walking Dead: World Beyond premieres “Spring 2020” on AMC.