It’s been a gruelling three months since the season five finale of The Walking Dead and season six won’t be gracing our screens until October.
Thankfully, AMC have stepped up to save us by launching a companion series titled Fear The Walking Dead.
Even better, they have committed to two seasons containing roughly six episodes each, hinting that the show’s creators have every confidence in its success.
The horror-drama spin-off is due to air this August and centres on the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse from L.A but will follow the same time frame as The Walking Dead.
Creator of the original Walking Dead comics, Robert Kirkman, promises that Fear The Walking Dead will be more of a “paranoia and psychological drama”, focussing on the relationships between the protagonists rather than the causes of the zombie apocalypse.
The show will feature a divorced male teacher and his love interest, a female guidance counsellor, as well as her son and daughter.
In the build up to the pilot episode, many fans have been asking the question: will this spin-off live up to the success of The Walking Dead?
Personally, I predict it will. Fear The Walking Dead has collated some of the best current actors, including Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is The New Black), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Alycia Debnam-Carey (The 100), and Sandrine Holt (House Of Cards). So with a cast like that, it’s hard to imagine the show flopping.
More so, it’s reassuring that the teaser trailers released so far put to rest the common concern that Fear The Walking Dead will be too similar to The Walking Dead.
The trailer titled: “The Authorities Would Tell Us” features a disbelieving mother named Madison (played by Kim Dickens). Thanks to Rick’s coma, this will be the first time viewers a state of denial and the initial coping stages of the apocalypse.
354,082 people have liked the Facebook page for Fear The Walking Dead (Brazil) alone so one thing is for sure – there’s a lot of pressure.
While most TV Shows last around six seasons, executive producer David Alpert has high hopes that The Walking Dead will surpass this trend. He said: “We know where seasons 11 and 12 will be – we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we’re lucky enough to get there.”
If all goes well, perhaps we can expect Fear The Walking Dead to be a long-standing addition to our screens as well.