Who's ready for Fear the Walking Dead? It's almost time for this Walking Dead companion series to launch, bringing us back to the start of the zombie apocalypse. While we wait another couple of weeks, Bloody Disgusting has debuted over 60 new photos including a gorgeous set of character portraits that introduce all of the main actors. We even get a glimpse behind-the-scenes as the creators bring this new story to life. In addition, we finally have the official synopsis, which adds more insight into the show.
Amongst this massive collection of new photos are nine character portraits that highlight the main cast of virus survivors. Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis star in Fear the Walking Dead as Madison Clark and Travis Manawa, a high school guidance counselor and a teacher locked in a heated romance. We also get to meet their children Nick Clark, Alicia Clark and Chris Manawa, played by Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam Carey and Lorenzo James Henrie. Elizabeth Rodriguez stars as Chris's mother and Travis' ex-wife Liza Ortiz. The Salazar family, father Daniel, mother Griselda and daughter Ofelia, are played by Rubén Blades, Patricia Reyes Spíndola (Frida) and Mercedes Masöhn. This is the official synopsis.
"Living in the same universe as /walking-dead-season-6-trailer/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."
While setting up the main premise that we've known since the series was first announced, this synopsis also offers some new insight. We're getting a blended family, which makes this the first Brady Bunch zombie apocalypse mashup ever attempted by a major network. This main cast of nine actors will spend their time trying to avoid the chaos of a Los Angeles gone mad. And we get to see hints of that come to life in a few photos pulled directly from the pilot episode. The Walkers are just starting to arrive, so this spinoff will not likely be a gore-filled excursion during its first 6 episodes. It will build to a more visceral plateau as the series continues on into the future, with Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 already announced for 2016.
The Walking Dead is notorious for killing off main cast members and introducing new ones season to season. It isn't known if Fear the Walking Dead will take the same route, but it's safe to say that at least one of these nine main individuals will not make it to the next season. We do know that the show will continue adding new characters. Southland's Shawn Hatosy has already been announced for the show, though he is not pictured here. He will be a recurring character in Season 1 who shows up in the later episodes. While Fear the Walking Dead jumps back in time to the events that started the zombie apoclaypse, the show's timeline will eventually catch up with the original series. But that doesn't mean will see a crossover anytime soon. Take a look at the lasted photos. Then be sure to set your DVRs for August 23. Los Angeles is going to look a whole lot different after this.