Yup it is a spin off. Set on the West coast this has a lot of the same blood, gore and nastiness of the first show but it starts right when the outbreak happened. We have some parts that are more interesting because of seeing how family groups have dealt with the end of the world. There is actually a bit more hope to this series. While it is still darker than a bottomless pit, it has moments of joy, moments of hope and moments of possibilities. If you are tired of TWD try this out.