As loyal fans of ‘The Walking Dead‘ no doubt remember, the show (and the comic book series as well) opened with Rick Grimes awakening from his police-duty-induced coma to find that the world had quite literally fallen apart around him. He was in an abandoned hospital and after a few minutes of exploring, he found out why: the dead had started coming back to life and the apocalypse was on like an undead Donkey Kong. Now in its second season, the spinoff/shared-universe series ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ started its narrative much earlier chronologically than ‘The Walking Dead,’ and some fans are wondering when – if ever – the new show will “catch up” to the original.
‘Fear the Walking Dead’ showrunner Dave Erickson spoke on the subject recently, cluing fans in to where one show currently sits in relation to the other:
“If you marked off the days [chronologically since ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ first debuted], I think right now, by the end of the first half [of Season 2], we’re getting very close to Rick waking up in Georgia.”
On multiple occasions, the powers-that-be behind both shows have adamantly stated that the two properties will never “crossover,” so that’s not much of a concern for either of the creative teams, if their responses are to be believed. However, since both series are sharing a fictitious world, it is nice for fans to know where one stands temporally in relation to the other.
Erickson also had a quick bit to say about fans’ frustrations that things seem to be moving “slower” in ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ as it seems to take characters an inordinately long amount of time to figure out what’s going on with the zombie plague and how vastly it is truly affecting their world. For their part, Erickson explains, they don’t have the knowledge and quick-to-action response abilities that someone like Rick Grimes has; almost all of the main characters on ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ are civilians, where Rick is a training law enforcement official. Plus, the conundrum of the audience knowing things that the characters don’t naturally puts the viewer mentally “ahead” of what he/she is watching, leading to more feelings of “come ON already!” As Erickson says:
“That creates frustrations, to a certain degree, because in some instances, you want [the characters] to get it already. And in some circumstances, the things that they do that don’t seem particularly zombie-savvy are, for me, moments where they aren’t zombie-savvy.”
Both ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ are currently not airing new episodes during Summer but are expected to return in the Fall.
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