Fear The Walking Dead Will Run Parallel With The Walking Dead
Fear The Walking Dead is due to air in the US this summer and it was recently confirmed that the spin-off to The Walking Dead will be set in Los Angeles before the zombie outbreak. Executive producer Robert Kirkman has been talking about the second zombie show and confirmed it would not act as a prequel to the main show. In fact, it will soon start to run parallel with the events of The Walking Dead.
In terms of where Fear The Walking Dead starts in the whole zombie apocalypse, Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly...
“We’re very early. But if you think about the way a zombie outbreak would happen, it would happen very organically. It would be happening for a while behind the scenes. In pockets of civilization, there would be news stories that didn’t really make sense and didn’t seem connected. And that’s kind of where we pick things up. There are a lot of things on the news, there’s a lot of chatter and paranoia and concern. And yet the vast majority of the population is ignoring these things and talking about their daily lives, and that’s kind of where we pick things up. And things ramp up very quickly from there.”
Asked how quickly, the events of the spin-off show will develop, Kirkham added, "I will say that it will definitely progress. I will say that I don’t consider this show to be a prequel to The Walking Dead, because there will be a point where a certain episode of this show will line up with season 2 of The Walking Dead, and a certain episode of this show will line up with season 3 of The Walking Dead. So we will be progressing through time to the point that we do pass the initial days of the outbreak. But how fast it is that we get there? That’s just going to have to remain a mystery.”
Fear The Walking Dead will feature all new characters not seen in the comics and the location will be very different to the Atlanta / Georgia-based stories of The Walking Dead season 1-4.5. But it would be interesting to see what those events are that connect to season two and three. Kirkham's comments suggest that we might see a faster pace of storytelling than the original show, something that might to the relief of fans who spent far too long watching Hershell's farm.
More news of Fear The Walking Dead, including a UK broadcast, when we have it.