As reported by Variety, this upcoming prequel is written by Seamus Fahey and Anna Fricke, with Padalecki attached as an executive producer. The new series is called “Walker: Independence” and is set during the 1800s. Starring Katherine McNamara, Katie Findlay, Matt Barr, Brandon Sklenar, and Lawrence Kao, the main character in “Walker: Independence” is Abby Walker (McNamara), a Boston native who moves West after the murder of her husband (via IMDb). It is probably safe to assume that Abby, who eventually travels to Independence, Texas, is an ancestor of Cordell Walker.
Unfortunately, there is no official release date for “Walker: Independence,” nor information on how many episodes there will be. But we do know that the plot revolves around Abby and Hoyt Rawlins (Barr). Their presence represents a tremendous force within the town of Independence, which is filled with several characters who are looking to start a new life. What’s interesting here is that a character named Hoyt Rawlins, also played by Barr, appears in “Walker,” so that brings up some questions regarding the nature of the character — is he an ancestor, and what is his true role? Whether or not “Walker: Independence” features a liberal number of roundhouse kicks is up for debate, but it will be interesting to see how a “Walker” series plays out during the 19th century.