AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff TV show, Better Call Saul, has already proven to be a success, in terms of critical reception and ratings alike. Now, though, it remains to be seen if the network goes two for two with its upcoming The Walking Dead TV series spinoff: another television program set in the same universe that is populated by such characters as Rick Grimes and Carol Peletier (before they began their ongoing post-zombpocalypse descent into madness, that is).
Fear the Walking Dead - now the spinoff's official title - takes place on the opposite side of the U.S. as Walking Dead; specifically, on the west coast in and around Los Angeles, just as the zombie apocalypse starts getting underway. Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman co-penned the Fear the Walking Dead pilot script with Dave Erickson - a longtime writer/producer on Sons of Anarchy (as well as producer on AMC's short-lived Low Winter Sun crime drama), who will serve as showrunner.
The spinoff's title, Fear the Walking Dead, has been rumored for months now - giving fans the chance to weigh in with their thoughts on the possibility, well before it was confirmed. Well, love it or hate it (or something in between), that would appear to be the official title for the show now, as revealed by no less an authority on the matter than Kirkman:
IT'S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
Here's a roundup of casting/character details for Fear the Walking Dead (so far):
- Kim Dickens (Gone Girl) as Miranda, a divorced, L.A.-based, guidance counselor.
- Cliff Curtis (Missing, Gang Related) as Sean, a divorced teacher, who is involved romantically with Miranda when the zombpocalypse begins.
- Alycia Debnam Carey (The 100) and Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Ashely and Nick - Miranda's kids from a previous marriage.
The plan appears to be to follow this would-be family unit though the early days of the zombie outbreak - and, to be honest, there's certainly potential in that premise. For starters, Fear the Walking Dead appears to be a survival drama that unfolds primarily within an urbanized setting - as opposed to, the amount of journeying though the U.S. Southern countryside on Walking Dead. Similarly, Fear the Walking Dead will not just tell a story that was only touched upon briefly in flashbacks by its peer (read: what the early days of the zombpocalypse was like), but also do so from an altogether different - yet, at the same time, intimate - vantage point.
As for the title, well... those who aren't fans still have several months to adjust to it.
Fear the Walking Dead will premiere with six hour-long episodes in late Summer 2015. It has already received a season two order.
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