A new teaser clip for Fear the Walking Dead gives fans a few quick glimpses of what the zombie apocalypse will do to Los Angeles, and things are already looking almost as grim as they do in the original series. However, fans need to prepare themselves to enter a wildly different world.
According to Polygon, AMC recently shared a YouTube video that features Executive Producers Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson, Greg Nicotero, and Gale Anne Hurd talking about what fans can expect from Fear the Walking Dead. The clip below also features some behind-the-scenes set footage that gives fans a feel for what this new corner of The Walking Dead universe will look like.
As you can see, the EPs do their best to convince fans that Fear the Walking Dead won’t just look like a lazy knockoff of the original show. Obviously, they’re trying to take advantage of The Walking Dead‘s success, but they’re doing it by carefully crafting a completely different world. Hurd says that the companion series has a “different vibe” than the original, and Erickson tells hardcore fans that they’re in for a surprise.
“The audience coming to the show, because there are so many diehard fans, you expect a certain thing from The Walking Dead. We want to give that sense, and then pull the rug out from under them.”
Robert Kirkman also wants Walking Dead virgins to know that they can start watching the new series without binge-watching the original.
“I think the coolest thing about this show is that it tells its own story. You don’t need to have watched The Walking Dead to understand Fear the Walking Dead.”
The video clip doesn’t feature much in the way of set footage, but viewers do get a few quick glimpses of the school where the main characters work. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Cliff Curtis plays a teacher and Kim Dickens plays a guidance counselor. Many of the show’s characters are teenagers who likely attend the school, including the troubled kids being played by Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey. According to Hypable, Mercedes Mason and Elizabeth Rodriguez recently joined the cast as mystery characters. They probably won’t appear in the pilot since it was filmed earlier this year.
The school isn’t the only set shown in the video — there’s a dark, smoky building that looks like it might be a survivors’ camp. If you look behind Greg Nicotero, you’ll see a tent, a clothes line, various containers, and the word “Why?” spray-painted on the wall. It also looks like there are a few pews in the background, and there’s a quick exterior shot of a building that appears to be a church. Unfortunately, this survivors’ camp might not be a very safe place — at the 0:50 second mark, you can see blood on the ground.
Greg Nicotero has stated that Fear the Walking Dead draws inspiration from the way the public has reacted to real-life events. It’s set in a big city during the early days of the apocalyptic outbreak, so viewers will get to witness society’s rapid downfall, the early confusion about what the virus is, and the mass chaos that it causes in a highly-populated area.
Spoiler TV shared an AMC press release about the new series, and Robert Kirkman promises that this new world will be even more deadly than the one Rick Grimes woke up to.
“Fear the Walking Dead takes us back to the earlier, more dangerous, more terrifying days of The Walking Dead,” Kirkman said. “A time when danger was lurking around every corner and the thing mostly likely to get you killed was your own ignorance of the rapidly changing world around you. The stakes are going to be higher and the ride more intense.”
Fear the Walking Dead will premiere late this summer on AMC. Are you looking forward to the new series?
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