AMC says, “Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark and English teacher Travis Manawa have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and our dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.”
MADISON CLARK is a popular guidance counselor at a high school in El Sereno who, prior to the zombie apocalypse, helped students prepare for their future. A widowed mother, she raised two children single-handedly, but has recently found love with a high school English teacher. The pressure of survival brings clarity for Madison and she is quick to make the hard choices that will keep her family alive. The outbreak reveals a past to Madison that she had tried to bury. Now, in this new world, she can’t hide who she really is.
TRAVIS MANAWA is a father, high school English teacher and boyfriend to Madison Clark. He’s a good man – everyone’s All-American. As the group’s patriarch, he is protective, pragmatic and resolute in his conviction that anything can be fixed. He maintains a relationship with his ex-wife and resentful son while trying to become a father to Madison’s children. Travis wrestles with the challenge of blending a family – a challenge that is exacerbated by a new, unforeseen chaos.
ALICIA CLARK is a model student who overachieves with frustrating ease. She wants the hell out of Los Angeles, and she has her sights set on graduating and escaping to college where she will be free of her family’s drama. For years, she’s watched her older brother sink deeper into his addiction, and she is close to giving up on him when the apocalypse hits. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her brother’s screw ups. She loves her mother, empathizes, but it’s time to do for herself – time to escape.
NICK CLARK is a 19-year old drug addict. His mother, Madison, has sent him to rehab several times, but now Nick has reached a point where no one can tell him what to do or force him into recovery – he has to do that all by himself. When we first meet Nick, we meet a young man at a crossroads. Nick wants to prove he can rebuild his life – and the apocalypse may provide him an ironic opportunity to do so.
LIZA ORTIZ is a single mother working to put herself through nursing school – she has no time for BS. For many years she was trapped in an unhappy marriage, but now that she’s on her own she’s finally chasing her dream. Liza is a multi-tasking whirlwind that doesn’t give herself any breaks when it comes to her future or raising her son.
CHRISTOPHER MANAWA is a rebellious teenager with a cause. He has both his father’s do-good attitude and his mother’s edge. The product of divorced parents, Christopher often feels that he and his mother are his father’s forgotten family. He resents his father’s insistence on bringing the two families closer because he wants nothing more than to break away from the Clarks and be his father’s sole priority.
A letter from Robert Kirkman today (Link)
Here we go again. I don’t say that with the exhausted tone one might expect coming from someone embarking on a companion show while also working on the sixth season of the original. Truth be told, I would have to fill this space with exclamation points to accurately represent just how excited I am about Fear the Walking Dead. It’s so cool for me to be expanding The Walking Dead universe in such exciting and new ways. Those have been our buzzwords since we first started talking about this show: “exciting” and “new.” I’m so happy to finally be to the point where we can share the show with the world and everyone can see exactly what that means.
The Walking Dead has always been about the characters. It’s been the struggles of Rick, Michonne, Daryl, Maggie, Glenn, Carol and the rest, who are equally as important, but if I were to list all the characters in our cast it would take up more space than those exclamation points… and if I included those we’ve lost along the way? We’d be here all day! It’s been the characters, the people of this world that have brought viewers back episode after episode for what is now going on six years.
Now we get to introduce you to Madison, Travis, Alicia, Nick, Liza, Chris, Daniel, Ofelia and well… the cast continues to grow each episode… and yes… we do lose a few along the way. But where the “exciting” and “new” comes in… is that these people have their own experiences and reasons to survive. They’re complicated, real characters who will not be dealing with the undead the same way. They’ll learn new things, they’ll find new tools, they’ll learn faster or slower but what we end up with is a very, VERY different show… set in a world we LOVE exploring as much as we’d all NEVER want to live there.
I want to thank everyone reading this for being at least some small part of helping us grow into The Walking Dead family. We started small, and we’ve grown and grown year after year as more actors, writers, directors, critics, fans, Facebookers and Twitterers have joined the mix. And now, with Fear the Walking Dead, that family is growing even more… and I know we’re all going to open our hearts… and guts… to give these new additions a warm welcome. I think you’ll agree after watching this series… they’ve earned it.
The Characters of Fear The Walking Dead
Here are the first 3 minutes of the Pilot episode for Fear The Walking Dead
Sunday August 23rd on AMC
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