AMC has confirmed that The Walking Dead will have a spin-off companion series in 2015.
The hit zombie drama, which starring Andrew Lincoln, follows the story of a group of survivors struggling to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world infested by flesh-eating zombies.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will exec produce the spinoff show.
"Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer," said Charlie Collier, AMC's president and general manager.
"We look forward to working with [producers] Robert [Kirmann], Gale [Anne Hurd] and Dave [Alpert] again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters.
"It's a big world and we can't wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse."
Kirkman added: "After ten years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn't be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of the Walking Dead universe.
"The opportunity to make a show that isn't tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing."