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Fear The Walking Dead: What to Expect From the Spinoff Series

BY The Screen Spy Team

Published 6 years ago

By Lewis Richards

AMC's Walking Dead spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead premieres August 23rd.

Acting as a prequel to events in the hit zombie series, this gritty new drama sets out to explore the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family, according to AMC.

Set in LA, 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 (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) 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.

With so much buzz already online prior to the premiere on August 23, ScreenSpy breaks down key points of interest on the new show below. Read on to learn what to expect from Kirkman's latest zombie drama.

Also, look out for our complete review of the 90 minute pilot coming soon.

New Characters

In a recent letter to fans Kirkman has revealed the names of our new protagonists.

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.

FTWD concentrates on a dysfunctional family lead by couple Travis (Cliff Curtis) and Madison (Kim Dickens), both of whom have children from former relationships, Madison’s son Nick (Frank Dillane) and Travis’ daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey).

Madison’s former husband has passed away but Travis’ ex-wife (Elizabeth Rodriguez) is still alive and part of the series.

The first episode synopsis reads as follows: “A highly dysfunctional blended family is forced together when they realize a reported virus is actually the onset of the undead apocalypse.”

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