With the high body count of main characters in ‘The Walking Dead‘, co-creator of ‘Fear the Walking Dead‘ Dave Erickson has opened up on how the show will handle deaths. Much like the original series that has spawned this spin off prequel, no one will be safe. That being said, the major deaths are partially mapped out and with a world that doesn’t yet realize the extent of the outbreak going on around them, certain arcs that will require characters some to be safe. At least, in the short term. The first teaser didn’t offer us too much in the way of introducing the new survivors but it does show us a world starting to go to Hell which we’ll see expanded upon in the first 6 episode run.

Here is exactly what Erickson had to say on the subject:

“I don’t want to get too specific in terms of body count because I believe ultimately I would never set up and drop someone just for the purpose of setting up and dropping them. Anybody can be eaten at any time; it can happen to anyone. No one is safe, but I also have some specific arcs in my head that will probably protect certain people. I worked on Sons of Anarchy, and sometimes you have to kill your darlings. When you’re going to kill a major character, you need to have laid the track for it. There are certain deaths that I have in my head that wouldn’t be coming until much later in the show, but until we get up and running and we see how everything is developing, it’s hard to say.”

Of course with ‘The Walking Dead’ having just wrapped its fifth season one might wonder what “much later in the show” could actually mean. That is a good question and Erickson is taking the long view on this one:

“About five or six. The more we dig into it, the more we’ll find…I’ve got some mile markers, which don’t take me that long as of yet, but I can’t really say because it’s an AMC question.”

I’m sure he is hoping that this spin-off will at least match the fan base that the current hit has. That being said, Erickson does have a bit of an end plan for the series. So while ‘The Walking Dead’ may keep turning out walkers indefinitely, there is a chance we could see ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ come to a close at some point.

What are your thoughts on how he plans on killing off characters on the series? Do you think that ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ could have enough to keep running for five to six seasons? Share your thoughts below!


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.

Source: Cinema Blend