Get a huge update on the timeline for ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ season 1 plus details about a much bigger season 2….
‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will definitely be one of the most highly anticipated new shows for this Fall and while there have been a few teasers and one trailer released, details are still scarce for the six-episode first season debuting on August 23.
Show runner Dave Erickson revealed some major information on Friday, however, as he talked about the timeline for the first season of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ in regards to the first episode all the way to the full blown zombie apocalypse.
According to Erickson, the six episode first season will encompass about three weeks of total time falling just short of the four to five week period between Rick Grimes getting shot and waking up to find the world had already crumbled.
“By the end of season 1, we definitely know the world has changed, but we’re not at the same place where Rick woke up,” Erickson said. “There’s still a window of time, we’ll have some real estate left. Rick’s coma was about 4 to 5 weeks. If you track our story, we probably go three weeks over the course of our first season.
“There is a time that may come that we catch up, and there may be a season where we do a major time cut. The thinking right now in season 1 and the writers’ room for season 2 isn’t about how do we intersect them or catch up with the original show.”
‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will go through the initial outbreak until things start to really break down in the world as these ‘infected’ people start getting up and eating the flesh of the living.
“We purposely built the show a bit more slowly than the original,” Erickson said. “We call them ‘infected’ and not ‘walkers.’ There’s absolutely going to be walkers, but there will be a build.
“By design, we tried to make it as much about the anxiety and paranoia and tension that goes along with this outbreak as about the actual confrontations with the zombies.”
Erickson also revealed that ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will move from a six episode season 1 to a 15 episode season 2 in 2016. The show had already been picked up for two seasons initially when the series was ordered, but now we know how many episodes we’ll get in the sophomore season.
Erickson also doubled down on the fact that ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will not meet up with ‘The Walking Dead’ at any point down the line. There’s always a chance the two shows or characters from the two shows could cross paths, but as of now there are no plans in place for that to happen.
‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will debut on AMC on Sunday, August 23 at 9pm ET