Robert Kirkman tweets Fear the Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead is the official title of The Walking Dead companion series, as was tweeted joyously by creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman. This title has been heard around in the rumor mill, but the showrunners were tight-lipped about it until now.
IT’S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
While AMC has been tight-lipped on the series’ premise, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the drama is a prequel that takes place in Los Angeles at the onset of the zombie outbreak. AMC confirmed that the companion series is set in Los Angeles but revealed nothing more beyond that it will focus on new characters and storylines.
Cliff Curtis (Gang Related) stars as Sean Cabrera, a teacher who shares a son with his ex-wife. Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Dickens is set to co-star as Nancy, a guidance counselor who works at the school with Sean and is seeing him romantically. Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) co-stars as Nancy’s son Nick, who has battled a drug problem. And Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) is will play Nancy’s ambitious daughter, Ashley, who is the polar opposite of Nick and dreams of leaving L.A. for Berkeley when the apocalypse strikes.
I’m pretty excited about this, but maybe that’s because I’m familiar with L.A. and have lived in Southern California all my life, so it’ll be interesting to see how they implement the city and its structures into a zombie outbreak. It also gives Kirkman and fellows co-conspirators freedom to start fresh with new characters and new plots and subplots that the audience won’t even know anything about. Of course, with the cast of The Walking Dead, the actors are probably the ones that are most in jeorpardy as their character is not guaranteed to be one for a specific time frame. Man, there’s really that double entendre to Fear the Walking Dead.