Not much has been revealed about AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff Fear The Walking Dead but showrunner Dave Erickson revealed details today in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The spinoff will be set in Los Angeles and has been described as a companion series to The Walking Dead. It will take place shortly after the outbreak, the time in which Rick was in a coma in the original series. The series will not address the cause of the outbreak but instead show the early days of it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Instead of following a group of survivors who are strangers it will follow a family. The main relationship is between Madison (Kim Dickens), and Travis (Cliff Curtis) who were planning on getting married before the outbreak. They both have kids from previous marriages.
“It’s about a family: Travis (Curtis) just moved in with his girlfriend Madison (Dickens) after they got married,” Erickson tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She has two children, one of whom has some issues. Travis has a very pissed-off teenager and an ex-wife. You’re talking about two people who, as the story opens, all they want is to bring their family together under one roof and make everyone whole. The irony for us is that the only thing that helps accomplish that is that the world ends.”
Madison’s two children are Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), the good child, and Nick (Frank Dillane), the problematic teenager. Travis’s child is named Chris and is played by Lorenzo James Henrie.
Executive producer Robert Kirkman talked to Vulture and gave out more details about the show. Expect the walkers to look different this time around. “They’re not going to be as decayed and they’re not going to be as monstrous,” Kirkman said. Since the show is closer to the outbreak it makes sense that they will look a little more human than the walkers on The Walking Dead look.
Kirkman also told Vulture what viewers should expect the tone of the show to be. “While there is going to be a tremendous amount of paranoia and psychological drama, there’s not going to be any loss of zombie action or excitement in this show. I think we’ll be bringing the best of both worlds.”
Fear The Walking Dead is set to premiere this summer on AMC.