Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead: Full-On Zombie Outbreak 'Delayed' Until Season 2

The zombies in Fear The Walking Dead will be in no rush to mobilize.

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday, showrunner Dave Erickson said the walker quotient will be decidedly light in spinoff’s six-episode first season (debuting Aug. 23). “We purposely built the show a bit more slowly than the original,” said the EP. “We call them ‘infected’ and not ‘walkers.’ There’s absolutely going to be walkers, [but] there will be a build.

“By design, we tried to make it as much about the anxiety and paranoia and tension that goes along with this outbreak,” he added, “as about the actual confrontations with the zombies.”

But a full-on apocalypse is coming — most likely during the show’s already-ordered 15-episode second season. “By the end of Season 1, we definitely know the world has changed,” Erickson explained. “It is the end of the world as we know it.”

Erickson, meanwhile, reinforced his previously-stated stance that the universes of Fear and The Walking Dead would not overlap. “There’s no crossover plans right now,” he insisted. “We’re telling parallel narratives that live under the same mythological umbrella… but there’s no intention of having Easter eggs or character references.”

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  1. It was explained to me once, and it was echoed on the show, that the “walking dead” in the title refers to the living people, not the zombies. So, “fear the walking dead” must similarly refer to the people and, again, not the zombies. So, what does that mean? That as the season progresses these people will become more ruthless in order to justify their being feared?

  2. Andrew says:

    Why such a short first season followed by a longer second season? That doesn’t make a lot of sense, at least to me.

    • Tea says:

      It’s parent show did the exact same thing. Breaking Bad as well.

    • Clandestine Green says:

      I think it was designed that way so that the shows can run FTWD 6 episodes, then the Mother Ship, then FTWD,,,so they can run without repeats or breaks.

  3. Television says:

    Only 6 episodes in season 1? Count me out. I’m sick of seasons getting so short and so long in between. I’m not going to watch this since it will be only 6 episodes. What is the point? That is hardly any time to tell a story or develop characters.

  4. Concerned says:

    Honestly this just sounds incredibly slow and boring