The Walking Dead is not just AMC’s most popular show—it is one of the most popular shows currently airing on TV. The series, which is based on a comic book series of the same name, has been providing thrills, drama, romance, and plenty of zombies to viewers for several reasons; and now AMC is finally going ahead with the often-rumored spin-off series. The spin-off series will be called Fear the Walking Dead, and while viewers will not feel totally out of the loop, it will be a different beast than the regular The Walking Dead series. Let’s take a closer look at what we know, so far, about Fear the Walking Dead.
Robert Kirkman will be playing a role in the production of the show; Kirkman, for those not in the know, is the creator of the original comic book series. This is great news for fans, since it means that the spin-off story will be written by the originator of the original Walking Dead story, rather than someone uninvolved.
Cliff Curtis, a native New Zealand actor, has been cast in the lead role in the series. His character is called Sean Cabrera, and he is a high school teacher who is described in the show’s casting call as someone who wants to “do right by everyone in his life.” Cabrera has a teenage son with rebellion issues and an ex-wife.
The other lead role announced for the show is a character called Nancy Tompkins, who is a single mom who works as the guidance counselor of the same school where Sean Cabrera works. Tompkins lives with her children Nick and Ashley, both of whom are living at home after high school.
Unlike the original The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead will be set in the bustling city of Los Angeles. This will definitely provide a completely different type of scenery than the original show, which will be a refreshing change for fans who may be tired of constant countryside settings. It could also provide a greater chance for thrills and drama—who wants to be in the middle of a very infectious zombie outbreak in one of the most densely populated areas of California, if not the United States as a whole?
The original show began when strange things were already afoot. When Rick ventured out, he was dismayed—but not shocked—by the appearance of a zombified young girl. However, Fear the Walking Dead will begin before the zombie outbreak. This will add some detail to the canon mythology of the series, which has so far only provided glimpses of what life was like during the initial outbreak, in contrast to the “knee-deep in zombies” situation the show’s main characters are currently facing. To watch Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead, purchase Comcast XFINITY Internet Plans and stream them on Hulu.