FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Showrunner Dave Erickson Talks Characters

There’s only a little more than a week until the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, when we explore how the world was at the beginning stages of the zombie apocalypse that is well worn in in The Walking Dead.  In an interview with Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson, we learn a little more about some of the main characters in the series.

On whether siblings Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) and Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) represent dualing sides of the family – the good girl and the black sheep:

Yes and no. Yes, I think Nick is a problem child. Nick, since their father passed away, has kind of gone off the rails. And Alicia, in contrast to that, has tried to excel, not because she wants to be better than her brother necessarily but because she wants to get out. She’s going to go to Berkeley, she’s going to get away from all of this. But they’re both very alike in that they both have a different sense of mortality because their father died. So they share something that’s incredibly [close]. There’s a connection between the two of them that no one else in the show really has, and she also more than anybody else understands her brother and knows when he’s full of shit. When his mom, Madison, wants to save him, wants to protect him, but she’s also a little bit enabling in that respect. Any time Nick says anything to suggest, “I’m going to be okay, it’s going to be fine,” Alicia’s the one that says, “That’s bullshit.”


On exploring the awareness that some, including Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), have about what’s going on as compared to those who are still clueless to the danger unfolding:

I think that’s the great thing is that we actually have a window of time where we can continue to explore that. We may progress away from Los Angeles. We may be exploring cities adjacent. Like I said, we have a window of time. We’re not butting up against the moment that Rick woke up from his coma, so I think there’s more to explore in season two. I think at a certain point, we will go full apocalypse and I’ll deal with that when I get there. It’s going to be interesting because by the end of season one, they still have a lot more to learn. I think that’s the exciting thing for me is to let them continue that exploration, that apocalyptic education.

On the challenge of protecting you and your family or helping out the people around you in this stage of the apocalypse:

Oh, definitely. Yes, absolutely. I think that’s going to be a fundamental thing going this season too. When I got the gig, I worked with Robert [Kirkman] years ago on another project, but when he invited me onto this, I re-watched Apocalypse Now and then I watched it again because there’s something, it’s just a real juxtaposition of images and this idea that we’re going to take a beachhead not because we need a beachhead but because we want to surf. The Playboy bunnies in the middle of the army camp. Those elements I find really interesting and they do them beautifully on the original show every so often. There’s that one scene where they’re in a kitchen looking out the window and you see a little girl playing tag with a zombie.

The juxtaposition of those things, the surreal with the normal, by the time we get to the end, more people will definitely be aware, especially in Los Angeles and the L.A. Basin but I think we’ll have an opportunity to explore other places where the apocalypse may not have visited yet. So there’ll still be a process of discovery if that makes sense.

Source: /Film


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