AMC’s The Walking Dead, as we know originated from Robert Kirkman’s comic book, and the story has remained true to the comic series, sans certain creative liberties taken for the entertainment value. Fear The Walking Dead is a blank slate with no reference point, and except for the ‘zombie apocalypse’ concept, everything else is fresh and new. So, it is safe to say that Fear is a totally new series set in the post-apocalyptic world mapping the reactions and decisions of the people who find themselves thrown in this situation. So, here we compile some bits of trivia conveyed by the cast and crew members of the new series namely Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Cary, Ruben Blades, Mercedes Manson, Lorenzo James Henrie and Elizabeth Rodriguez, as well as producers Dave Erickson, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd:
1) Early Days Of The Apocalypse
The Walking Dead starts from the perspective of Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma to find himself in a post-apocalyptic world, and the story picks up from there. In Fear, the scenario is going to be different as it is roughly set in the timeline when Rick is still in the coma. The story revolves around few families staying in LA and explores the outbreak in its infancy.
2) Bennets, Manawas, and Salazars Are The Mainstays Of The Show
The universe of the two shows is obviously the same, but the similarity ends there itself. The happenings in Los Angeles do not affect the happenings in Atlanta/Virginia and vice versa.
The characters of the new show are Madison Benett (Kim Dickens) who plays a high school guidance counselor. She is a widow with two children – Nick (Frank Dillane), who is a drug addict and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey). She stays with her live-in partner Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), a high school English teacher. Travis is estranged from his ex-wife Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez), and shares the custody of his son Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie). A barber named Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) is also introduced. His story is that he moved to LA many decades back to start a new life and has a daughter named Ofelia (Mercedes Mason).
Mason describes the new show as a ‘family’ dealing with everyday issues like what all of us face and suddenly faced by the biggest issue of it all- survival. The general conception about LA is Hollywood, and therefore it was important first to give a glimpse of the East LA where non-celebrities live a normal life. Blades said that this culture establishing part is most important as this is what will lead to finer human perspectives and emotional angles coming out on the show. Then, there is the Los Angeles angle also.. the breakdown of the whole city due to the apocalypse.