Ever since Season 5 of The Walking Dead came to an end, the countdown to the much anticipated companion series Fear the Walking Dead has been on. Over the last few months, AMC has drip fed us casting details, vague plot outlines, and even a short teaser trailer to keep us enticed, but so far we've not actually managed to get any juicy plot details, nor see any footage of the characters in action - until now!
AMC has just released a short 30-second trailer video containing snippets from many of their shows which will debut new episodes during 2015, including our first look into Fear The Walking Dead. However, not only have we managed a sneak peek into the show, but the show creator Robert Kirkman has given an interview to Entertainment Weekly and revealed some very interesting new pieces of information about the plot and characters! Firstly, take a look at the promo and see if you can spot the Fear The Walking Dead footage:
See anything? To my eye (and the keen eyes over at the Fear The Walking Dead Tumblr) there were three quick scenes from the show, each with a different character:
Madison (Kim Dickens)
Initially the character of Madison was known as Nancy Tomkins. Madison is a widowed mother of Nick and Ashley. She is a teacher, and the short scene shown above appears to show her walking down the hallway of a school.
Travis (Cliff Curtis)
Travis was formerly known as Sean Cabrera, and is the divorced father of Chris. His son is very resentful of Travis, and blames him for the break-up with his mother Liza. Like Madison, Travis is also a teacher. I have no idea what Travis might be looking at in this scene, but it's probably not good whatever it is - anyone else care to hazard a guess?
Nick (Frank Dillane)
Nick is Madison's college flunk-out son, and his scene from the teaser promo definitely appears to be the most action packed. But just who is Nick running from? The cops, a dog, or perhaps a freshly turned walker?
The core of the show revealed!
As exciting as those first scenes are, there have been even more details revealed about the show by creator Robert Kirkman. First of all, the show will center around two central characters who are in a relationship! Kirkman revealed to EW:
"At its core this is a story of Travis and Madison, who are these two schoolteachers that both have kids from previous marriages and are very much in love."
Whoa, romance in the time of zombies?! Not to mention that it will definitely be very different to see a duo leading the show, especially given that in the first season of The Walking Dead it was very much about Rick and his journey. Perhaps, much like The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead will become more of an ensemble as the series proceeds, but I already like the new direction this show is headed in.
While a 'RomZom' isn't a foreign concept to us Walking Dead fans given couples such as Glenn and Maggie, and Abraham and Rosita, Robert Kirkman does think that the relationship between Travis and Madison is one which is quite different to the average relationship shown on TV, saying:
"One of the things that really excites me about this show is the fact that this is a show about two people who are a team, and they do back each other up. They do love and respect each other. They’re a happy couple, which is something that you don’t see a lot of on cable television these days...So having this interesting couple at the core of this show, fighting against the backdrop of civilization crumbling and the zombie apocalypse, really is the core of things. They’ve got two sets of kids. It’s an interesting situation."
Hmm, anyone else sort of getting a Brady Bunch vs. Zombies type vibe? (I kid, I kid!)
Aside from Travis, Madison, and their romance, Kirkman also dropped some tantalizing hints about what we can expect from the other main characters in the show: the walkers.
The walkers used in Fear the Walking Dead will look very different to the walkers used in The Walking Dead due to the fact that Fear will take place at the very beginning of the outbreak when the undead were much, for lack of a better word, fresher. Kirkman told EW:
"Greg Nicotero and his team have definitely come up with a very unique take on our early walkers. It will harken back a little bit to the early days of the first season of The Walking Dead. But there’s also going to be some nuance, and some cool things added in that will give this show a very unique look. So yeah, there’s going to be a lot of differences and definitely a lot of cool things for fans to catch on to, because they’re actually going to see the early days for the first time."
Yes, I can't wait to see them!
While Fear the Walking Dead has to be one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the summer, unfortunately we're still waiting on an official release date, though the current rumors are that the show will start six weeks before the premier of Season 6 of The Walking Dead in late August. With increasing sneak peeks, revealing interviews, and more and more castings, hopefully we don't have to wait much longer for a confirmed date!