Preview: Fear the Walking Dead

AMC’s The Walking Dead is enormously popular, and it’s easy to see why. It’s tremendously suspenseful and the characters are relatable to viewers, as a result the show becomes less of a viewing experience and more of a complete immersion into the zombie apocalypse that could be. Also, it has zombies. Or rather, it has walkers. When The Walking Dead premiered, zombies were still the new sparkly/non-sparkly vampires in the pop culture hierarchy of “cool storytelling devices to abuse”.

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Not everyone, however, fell in love with Rick Grimes, his ragtag group of survivors, and the shambling hordes of The Walking Dead. Put down those pitchforks and torches though, as there is some good news. There is a spin-off rapidly approaching, and it looks like a great way to bridge the gap between fans and potential fans of both series.

The teasers give viewers enough of a taste of what’s to come without betraying too much information.

Fear the Walking Dead is a prequel series of sorts, not-yet premiered at the time of writing, that showcases the world of The Walking Dead as anxieties rise, grow into fear, and likely develop to full-blown panic surrounding the events that featured in the beginnings of the impending zombie apocalypse. The teasers give viewers enough of a taste of what’s to come without betraying too much information, focusing on a mysterious virus going around, an alarming increase in people disappearing, and the way people are handling these strange phenomena.

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What does seem certain about Fear the Walking Dead is that it looks like it will play on the same themes as before.

Given how established AMC’s The Walking Dead is at this point, this could be a tremendous boon in terms of earning new viewers. These teaser-trailers provide only so much information, leaving potential viewers wondering how the show will handle leading into full-blown worldwide mayhem featuring Rick Grimes and Co. doing everything to escape, survive, and occasionally kill all of the walkers in their path.

What does seem certain about Fear the Walking Dead is that it looks like it will play on the same themes as before, with the inter-character relationships prominently explored in its parent-show seeming to be set up, as well as how people around the world will react to, or likely die from, the encroaching horror of dead bodies rising up. The plot could very well be a backdrop to how the characters handle whatever situations are being thrown their way, wherever they may be. One thing is certain: those teasers are certainly great at catching the attention of potential viewers.

Given that August feels like it’s right around the corner, there is still enough time for those curious and uninitiated to begin catching up on The Walking Dead via services like Netflix. If things go well, Fear the Walking Dead could both breathe new life into the franchise while gaining its own strong fan-following. Time, and the love or fear of those infectious and undead monstrosities, will tell.

By Phil Gorski

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