The premiere of Fear The Walking Dead is less than a month away, and AMC is pulling back the curtain more on The Walking Dead spin-off series with new photos and details on the concept, characters and West Coast setting, as well as a letter from series co-creator Robert Kirkman.
"Here we go again. I don't say that with the exhausted tone one might expect coming from someone embarking on a companion show while also working on the sixth season of the original," Kirkman said, referring back to The Walking Dead. "Truth be told, I would have to fill this space with exclamation points to accurately represent just how excited I am about Fear the Walking Dead. It's so cool for me to be expanding The Walking Dead universe in such exciting and new ways. Those have been our buzzwords since we first started talking about this show: 'exciting' and 'new.' I'm so happy to finally be to the point where we can share the show with the world and everyone can see exactly what that means."
The letter, which you can read in full here, goes on to emphasize that the new spin-off show will be about the human characters as much as it has in the primary show. Kirkman, who co-created The Walking Dead comic book series with Tony Moore, says that unlike the original, Fear The Walking Dead will have the men and women of the show dealing with the zombies in a different way.
"Now we get to introduce you to Madison, Travis, Alicia, Nick, Liza, Chris, Daniel, Ofelia and well... the cast continues to grow each episode... and yes... we do lose a few along the way," said the writer/producer. "But where the 'exciting' and 'new; comes in... is that these people have their own experiences and reasons to survive. They're complicated, real characters who will not be dealing with the undead the same way. They'll learn new things, they'll find new tools, they'll learn faster or slower but what we end up with is a very, very different show... set in a world we love exploring as much as we'd all never want to live there."
As part of the Fear The Walking Dead rollout, AMC also released a full synopsis of the series:
Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark and English teacher Travis Manawa have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and our dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.
Fear The Walking Dead debuts August 23.