It was the moment every Walking Dead fan had been waiting for: the premiere of the Fear The Walking Dead trailer at the conclusion of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 5 finale on Sunday night. Aside from the fact fans are unimpressed with the companion series title, did the trailer live up to expectations? Well, considering it only ran for 15 seconds, it’s really hard to say. We are introduced to the pre-apocalypse as it started in L.A. with a news report.
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The trailer concludes with what appears to be a walker in a tunnel. This is the very start of the universe we now know as The Walking Dead. It gives us a brief insight into the world as it unfolded, something many fans sorely missed with Rick Grimes initially being in a coma. The companion show, Fear The Walking Dead, is set in L.A. and, from what its creator, Robert Kirkman, has said, it will delve into the reasons why the apocalypse started, what caused it, and how the outbreak spread to such catastrophic proportions. It seems the creators are trying to keep a distinct barrier between the two shows, billing them as distinctly different to each other — but how long will that last?
So far Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey have been billed as starring in Fear the Walking Dead. According to Hollywood Life, the details of these new characters are as follows.
“Cliff Curtis will take on the role of teacher Sean Cabrera, while Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Dickens will play guidance counselor, Nancy Tompkins. Nancy’s children Nick and Ashley will be played by Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey.”
As per the original series, The Walking Dead, Season 1 of Fear The Walking Dead will premiere later this summer with only six episodes. It is anticipated Season 2 (which is already confirmed) will follow in 2016 with the same format as subsequent seasons of The Walking Dead, being split up into two lots of eight episodes per season, although this has not been confirmed as yet. Creator Robert Kirkman will be joined by Dave Erickson as showrunner, Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert have signed up as executive producers, along with Erickson, and Greg Nicotero will continue with his walker makeup brilliance.
While Kirkman and others involved with the companion series have claimed characters in Fear The Walking Dead will be separate to the characters currently in The Walking Dead, Nerdist recently announced there would be a six episode arc crossover character appearing in Season 6 of The Walking Dead. While this is still speculation, with Nerdist not revealing the source who provided this information, it will be enough to keep Walking Dead fans eagerly anticipating not only the Fear The Walking Dead premiere, but the Season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead in October, 2015, as well.
Will you be tuning in to watch AMC’s newest zombie apocalypse show, Fear The Walking Dead? Do you think it will live up to the expectations held with their current show, The Walking Dead? Would you like to see characters from the two shows eventually cross paths? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
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