Everything We Know About The Walking Dead Spin-Off

The apocalypse is coming (again)

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Fresh on the heels of the series five finale of The Walking Dead, fans of the undead have been treated to a 15 second teaser of the new spin-off (above), recently revealed to be titled Fear The Walking Dead.

There's little to go on except for an announcement warning people against a ‘strange virus’ doing the rounds in five states (surely this could in no way cause the dead to reanimate as flesh-hungry monsters?).

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Because preparation is the key to surviving any apocalypse style scenario, we've compiled a guide to what we know about the show so far.


1 | The Name Might Be Daft, But It Comes Straight From The Top

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While Walking Dead show runners tend to have a shelf life similar to anyone who falls foul of Rick’s gang, comic book creator Robert Kirkman has stayed onboard as executive producer throughout and has signed on to take the new series under his wing, as has co-executive producer Greg Nicotero. As such, while the new series promises a foray into zombie territory unexplored by the original comic books, it should very much be viewed as a welcome addition to the family, sharing the same (undead) DNA.

2 | The Show Will Expand The Walking Dead Universe

The Walking Dead is well known for interspersing its action with long, drawn out episodes in which our survivors wander about the Georgean woods (think season 2, the end of season 4 and the middle of season 5). Thankfully, Fear The Walking Dead is set to ditch the country locales for the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. The majority of shooting will take place in Vancouver, but the team will head to L.A. for those authentic location shots. Anyone for zombies in Beverly Hills?

3 | It'll Tell Us How It All Began

The ‘man waking up in hospital to a strange new world’ has been done a lot – most notably in 28 Days Later and John Wyndham’s The Day Of The Triffids. The original Walking Dead series took inspiration from both to show Rick Grimes waking up to a world overrun by zombies, leaving the ins and outs of how it all happened largely in the viewer's mind.

Fear will go down the Dawn Of The Dead route by putting us right in the middle of the epidemic as the mystery virus sweeps Los Angeles.

AMC president Charlie Collier has confirmed the show will get down to the gritty details of exactly how the undead take over Los Angeles, and the world. “From the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, we’ve been asked questions about what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’ Through this new series, we’re going to find out.”

4 | Some (Just About) Familiar Faces May Be Getting Eaten

There won’t be any British TV actors known for Channel 4 comedis about the teaching profession cropping up in the spin-off, with Kirkman and Co instead going for more recognisable faces. Die Hard 4 actor Cliff Curtis will crop up as Sean Cabrera, a divorced teacher romantically involved with a female guidance counsellor named Nancy Tomkins - played by Kim Dickens (Gone Girl’s no-nonsense police detective). Nancy’s son Nick is set to be battling a drug problem as the world goes south and will be played by Frank Dillane (Harry Potter). Alycia Debnam-Carey will play Nancy’s daughter Ashley.

It's likely these four will form the core cast of characters, but as families don't tend to last long in this universe, we can expect some upsets soon, as well as additions in the form of trustworthy and not-so-trustworthy characters alike. A Bill Murray cameo may be pushing it, though.

5 | We’re In It For The Long Run

Network AMC had already ordered two seasons of Fear, with the first season consisting of six episodes. Deadline suggests the show may then match the original series with a 13 episode second season.

Speaking at last month’s SXSW festival, Robert Kirkman confirmed the show will begin as a sequel, before eventually running concurrently with the main show (which indicates a lot more than two seasons has been planned out).

“The timeline is taking place a little bit earlier timeframe than the original show... But I wouldn’t call it ‘prequel’ because the entirety of the show is not going take place before [The Walking Dead]. It will eventually form a path running concurrently.”

Does this mean Daryl will head west to California? Or will Abraham, Rosita and Eugene briefly come across Cliff and family before meeting up with Rick's gang? Will Carl The Kid finally leave the group and try to hook up with Alycia Debnam-Carey? All of the above seem unlikely at present, but we'll find out for certain when the new series begins this summer.

Fear The Walking Dead will air in late summer 2015, before the return of The Walking Dead season 6.

Will a spin-off ever be as good as the main series?


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