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Fear the Walking Dead Trailer Is Finally Here! (And So's the Premiere Date!)

TV spinoffs are a tricky thing. Sure, Cheers begat Frasier, but Friends gave us Joey, The X-Files was responsible for The Lone Gunmen, and CSI gave us David Caruso playing with his sunglasses for 10… whole… seasons. (Yowwwwwwww!)

None of the Ghosts of Failed Franchise Extensions Past, however, seem to have blunted excitement surrounding AMC’s upcoming Walking Dead prequel series, Fear the Walking Dead. If anything, folks have been craving a full trailer like zombies staring at a sealed corridor of delicious humans.

The network aired the first full screener for Fear the Walking Dead on Friday afternoon at Comic-Con — and now you can watch it here at TVLine! Plus, the spinoff’s finally got a premiere date: August 23 at 9/8c.

We won’t spoil the whole shebang for you, but suffice to say one family’s sweet-but-strained suburban existence gets shattered by a flu-like outbreak that’s ultimately a harbinger of much worse things to come. “When civilization ends, it ends fast,” says one character — and boy he’s not kidding.

The Walking Dead spinoff is set in the Los Angeles area during the early days of the zombie apocalypse, which means that members of the general public have yet to learn what fresh decaying hell awaits them in the coming years. The series’ cast includes Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm), Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Mercedes Mason (666 Park Avenue) and Shawn Hatosy (Southland).

Press PLAY above for the full, terror-inducing trailer, then share your anticipation level in the comments!