How to: Fear the Walking Dead

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It is a fair bet to make that if you have a pulse, own some form of an AMC subscription (thepiratebay.?? counts too;P) and or eyes and ears to witness the madness. After the date and time of 9:00 pm EST August 23rd, 2015 you will likely begin to associate those 7 syllables with AMC’s new Zombie-Apocalypse-Spin-Off  “Fear the Walking Dead

First Full-Length Trailer for Fear the Walking Dead.

Fear the Walking Dead brings with it an entire new cast, new time frame and finally a viewpoint of their world’s demise from about the same time our favorite sheriff Rick entered the beginning of his coma down in Georgia. AMC is going to start us off again with just a mere 6-episode season so far. However, the network has wisely and understandably already approved a second season with a healthy 15 episodes! Surprisingly that is 2 more episodes than The Walking Dead received with it’s second season. They will start shooting in the predicted months of November or December, claims Executive Producer on both shows: Greg Nicotero. Zombies 24/7-365?

“Robert [Kirkman] always said that Rick’s coma was probably four to five weeks, because I think in his mind that was enough time for the fabric of society to crumble. We’re living loosely in that time frame, and if you track season one, we maybe cover three weeks.”

Here is their synopsis of Season 1

Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark and English teacher Travis Manawa have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and our dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.

Here is what Robert Kirkman himself had to say (excerpted from an official statement he gave to AMC):

Truth be told, I would have to fill this space with exclamation points to accurately represent just how excited I am about Fear the Walking Dead.  It’s so cool for me to be expanding The Walking Dead universe in such exciting and new ways.  Those have been our buzzwords since we first started talking about this show: “exciting” and “new.”  I’m so happy to finally be to the point where we can share the show with the world and everyone can see exactly what that means.

The Walking Dead has always been about the characters.  It’s been the struggles of Rick, Michonne, Daryl, Maggie, Glenn, Carol and the rest, who are equally as important, but if I were to list all the characters in our cast it would take up more space than those exclamation points… and if I included those we’ve lost along the way?  We’d be here all day!  It’s been the characters, the people of this world that have brought viewers back episode after episode for what is now going on six years.

Now we get to introduce you to Madison, Travis, Alicia, Nick, Liza, Chris, Daniel, Ofelia and well… the cast continues to grow each episode… and yes… we do lose a few along the way.  But where the “exciting” and “new” comes in… is that these people have their own experiences and reasons to survive. They’re complicated, real characters who will not be dealing with the undead the same way.  They’ll learn new things, they’ll find new tools, they’ll learn faster or slower but what we end up with is a very, VERY different show… set in a world we LOVE exploring as much as we’d all NEVER want to live there.

Fear the Walking Dead Characters

Robert Kirkman shared new details with EW about Fear the Walking Dead characters Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and her boyfriend Matt (Maestro Harrell):

Alicia is Madison’s (Kim Dickens) teenage daughter in the show. Kirkman said of the character: “Alicia is your atypical teenage girl. She excels at school. She’s on her way to college. She’s very self-sufficient. She’s very self-reliant. She’s kind of the model student and the model child.”

Frank Dillane’s character, Nick, is the complete opposite, according to Kirkman:

In the face of that, we’ve got Nick—who is played by Frank Dillane—who is pretty much a parent’s worst nightmare. He has flunked out of college, had a lot of trouble, got mixed up in some bad elements, and is definitely the problem child. And it’s exacerbated for him to be next to this perfect sister who seemingly doesn’t have anything going on in her life that is negative. But that’s not really the case, that’s just his perception. So you have these two siblings that are very much at odds with each other. They love each other because they are brother and sister, but to a certain extent it’s almost like they are each other’s worst enemies because one is screwing things up while she’s trying to achieve things and get on to the college, and the other one is seeing her as this reminder of everything that he can’t be. So it’s an interesting dynamic.

Nick and Alicia’s mother, Madison, is described as a “strong” character by Kirkman:

Madison is a character whose husband died. And she’s been raising her kids on her own, so she’s a character that has experienced a very abrupt change to her life that she has had to adapt to. So there’s an inherent strength in this single mother that makes her in some ways uniquely adapted to live in the zombie apocalypse. And I think Kim has shown that if you want to have a strong female character, a no-nonsense strong character —but with a lot of warmth, because its hard sometimes to find an actress that can have those two things and can be this leader and also have this warmth and this kindness to her—that’s something that Kim is very capable of.

Rounding out the family is Cliff Curtis’ Travis, Madison’s boyfriend:

Travis is a character that represents a sense of stability in Madison’s life, and so he’s really 100 percent on board. With the craziness of her life, he’s her rock. He’s her foundation. He’s come into this and become a part of her life and definitely is someone she’s leaned on. He’s definitely got a darkness to his past. There are some interesting revelations to come with him, I’ll just say that. He is finding himself torn between Liza, his ex-wife, and Madison.

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