Fear The Walking DeadAMC had quite the surprise in store for fans at the end of last night’s episode of ‘The Walking Dead.’ Don’t worry, we’re not about to spoil the fifth season finale here! The surprise we’re talking about is the premiere teaser for the network’s upcoming spinoff, ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’

At this stage there’s not much that we know about the series. Set to begin its six episode first season this summer, the story begins in Los Angeles, in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. The biggest distinction from the parent series, however, is not in space but in time. ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will chronicle the early days of the apocalypse, a time period as yet untouched by ‘The Walking Dead’ proper, either on TV or in the comics. The show will focus on what has been described as the “unconventional family” of Los Angeles teacher Sean Cabrera (we know that Cabrera shares custody of his son with his ex-wife, though exactly what else makes this family so unconventional remains to be seen) as civilization begins to crumble. Whereas Rick and the other ‘Walking Dead’ survivors “only” struggle with the prospect of living in the aftermath of an apocalypse, Cabrera’s family will also be forced to deal with more “real world” problems amid the chaos.

The teaser itself is brief, clocking in at a mere fifteen seconds, but that should be more than enough to whet the appetites of ‘Walking Dead’ fans far and wide! See for yourself:

What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in The Walking Dead? This summer, AMC will answer that question with Fear The Walking Dead, an all-new original series set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ stars Cliff Curtis, formerly of ‘Gang Related,’ as Sean Cabrera. The series’ cast also includes Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey. ‘Walking Dead’ producers Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will be overseeing the spinoff, along with Dave Erickson, who co-wrote the pilot episode with Kirkman.

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