Fans can’t get enough of ‘The Walking Dead’ and AMC is happy to oblige with a spinoff series called ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ which has already been guaranteed two seasons and if it is remotely as successful as the parent show, should last for many more.
Unlike ‘The Walking Dead‘ which is based on Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s long-running comic book series, ‘Fear’ is a brand new concept with fresh characters, setting (Los Angeles) and even a new time frame, taking place at the start of the zombie apocalypse, a period that the comic book and original show skipped over completely, while the main character, Rick Grimes was in a coma.
Because of this, fans are especially curious about ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ Some information has been revealed, but finally we get detailed descriptions from creator Kirkman complete with photographs!
The main character is Madison, played by Kim Dickens. Says Kirkman:
“Madison is a character whose husband died. And she’s been raising her kids on her own, so she’s a character that has experienced a very abrupt change to her life that she has had to adapt to. So there’s an inherent strength in this single mother that makes her in some ways uniquely adapted to live in the zombie apocalypse. And I think Kim has shown that if you want to have a strong female character, a no-nonsense strong character —but with a lot of warmth, because its hard sometimes to find an actress that can have those two things and can be this leader and also have this warmth and this kindness to her—that’s something that Kim is very capable of.”
Yes, Madison is a mother, so obviously her kids will be a huge part of the show. Here is a photo of Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia and her boyfriend Matt (no actor listed… that can’t be a good sign). And this is how Kirkman describes Alicia and her troublemaker brother Nick, played by Frank Dillane (not pictured):
“Alicia is your atypical teenage girl. She excels at school. She’s on her way to college. She’s very self-sufficient. She’s very self-reliant. She’s kind of the model student and the model child. In the face of that, we’ve got Nick—who is played by Frank Dillane—who is pretty much a parent’s worst nightmare. He has flunked out of college, had a lot of trouble, got mixed up in some bad elements, and is definitely the problem child. And it’s exacerbated for him to be next to this perfect sister who seemingly doesn’t have anything going on in her life that is negative. But that’s not really the case, that’s just his perception.
So you have these two siblings that are very much at odds with each other. They love each other because they are brother and sister, but to a certain extent it’s almost like they are each other’s worst enemies because one is screwing things up while she’s trying to achieve things and get on to the college, and the other one is seeing her as this reminder of everything that he can’t be. So it’s an interesting dynamic.”
Another major character is Madison’s boyfriend Travis played by Cliff Curtis, who appears to be a standup guy on the surface, but one that is harboring some dark secrets about his past:
“Travis is a character that represents a sense of stability in Madison’s life, and so he’s really 100 percent on board. With the craziness of her life, he’s her rock. He’s her foundation. He’s come into this and become a part of her life and definitely is someone she’s leaned on. He’s definitely got a darkness to his past. There are some interesting revelations to come with him, I’ll just say that. He is finding himself torn between Liza, his ex-wife, and Madison.”
We all know that ‘The Walking Dead’ kicked off with a fairly strong family dynamic in place, between Rick, Lori and Carl and a love triangle between Rick-Lori-Shane. The revelation that Travis’ ex-wife Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) plays a part hints that a similar storyline may appear in ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ Of course, things didn’t exactly go peachy for Shane and Lori. It’s pretty much a given that all of these principle characters will not make it to season two. (Like I said, nice knowing you, Matt.)
Also, the real family dynamic of ‘The Walking Dead’ is the bond that grows between the survivors that aren’t necessarily blood related. Expect the relationships between these characters and most likely others to evolve over time.
Are you excited to explore the world before it was completely overrun with walkers? How do you think these early survivors will handle a world that they don’t realize is completely doomed? (Or is it? Does the outbreak occur differently in this location?)
Source: Screen Rant