With the official announcement from AMC that their Walking Dead companion series, Fear The Walking Dead would premiere this summer, fans have been speculating just when in summer it would screen. At first rumors started flying when some media outlets claimed a June 12 start date, then fans waited patiently during the Memorial Day long weekend, expecting an announcement. As recent as this week, fans were suggesting San Diego Comic Con — which occurs early in July — would be the place for AMC to make the official announcement. But now Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, has come out to Fangoria and told the world via conference call to the site the start date for Fear The Walking Dead would be August.
“I’m really excited for Fear The Walking Dead to debut in August and for people to see just what we’ve done, but we’re not in a hurry to continue expanding the world of The Walking Dead.”
While AMC are yet to make an official announcement or to narrow the start date down to an actual day, this coming straight from the mouth of Kirkman is the next best thing. So, assuming Fear The Walking Dead will screen on Sundays like the series it is modeled on, Walking Dead fans will have five start dates to pick from in August: 2, 9, 16, 23, or 30.
If Fear The Walking Dead premieres on August 30 though, it will bring the Season 1 finale date to October 4, which will, potentially, bring it very close to the start date of Season 6 of The Walking Dead — perhaps something AMC has planned strategically so the two series flow one after the other. If AMC plays their normal Walking Dead marathon in the week leading up to the Season 6 premiere, that would mean fans get to see the entire show from the L.A. outbreak to Rick Grimes and his gang joining the safe haven of Alexandria — now wouldn’t that be something to behold? While the Fear The Walking Dead crew have been hesitant to say they would like to have a crossover between either show, having the story run in its logical timeline would make a lot of sense in relation to getting fans hooked.
As well as issuing a start date, Robert Kirkman also announced the show would be shot digitally rather than on 60mm film like The Walking Dead is, giving both shows a completely different feel to each other, once again trying to differentiate the two shows as being separate entities.
“When you watch Fear The Walking Dead, it’s going to be very visually different than the way The Walking Dead looks. For starters, this isn’t going to be shot on 60mm film; Fear The Walking Dead is actually going to be shot digitally, so there’s going to be a very different feel to the show. It’s really exciting, and I can’t wait for people to see it.”
Although Robert Kirkman has released the start date for Fear The Walking Dead, some fans are still hesitant to believe a word Kirkman says as he has notoriously been fickle when it comes to announcing Walking Dead teasers, sometimes admitting one thing and then backing it up with something entirely contradictory.
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