First, let me start by saying that Fear The Walking Dead is a totally different show from The Walking Dead. It’s set in a totally different time, in another state, in the same world.
So there are cell phones, working electricity, music, and bottled water. Another thing that’s different is that the zombie outbreak is just starting and the characters we’re following have no clue how to handle it. But like in the original Walking Dead, we enter the world not quite sure what’s going on.
One thing we do find out rather quickly is that there are drug dealers in the world of Fear, so that brings us to the first person you’ll meet in this new universe: Nick – a drugged-out teen waking up off a giant high and probably a wild night in a church with a woman named Gloria. Nick got so high he can’t believe the creatures he’s seeing. Nick’s mom is Madison Clark, a high school guidance counselor who’s also parent to Alicia, a teen ready to go off to college and rebel. Clearly the characters in Fear are not perfect.
Madison is married to English teacher Travis Manawa, who has a kid of his own named Chris from a previous marriage with ex-wife Liza, played by Orange Is The New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez.
Before watching the Pilot episode, you should know that Fear is a marathon, not a sprint. While Walking Dead fans fell in love with last season’s faster pace, the creators of Fear The Walking Dead decided to start their first episode off very slow. They are making you fall in love with the characters, and really grasp that the outbreak is just starting out. This allows you a little more time to get used to these new look zombies.
You’ll quickly notice that the Walkers look a lot different from those we’re used to seeing. They haven’t been decaying for years, so that means their skulls are harder, they are a little stronger, and a step faster.
While you don’t get to see a bunch of walkers in the Pilot, you do get a lot of scares. I jumped at least four times from being startled, which make for great moments – but we’ll stay mum on the plot. The highlight of the episode has to be Nick (played by Frank Dillane) who gives off the awkward vibe of a young Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands, paired with the druggy goodness of James Franco at the same time.
Overall, viewers won’t be disappointed by the first episode of Fear The Walking Dead. Check out the trailer and be sure to follow us on Twitter for some live-tweeting goodness during the premiere on Sunday, August 23rd at 9 p.m. on AMC.
1. Rick Grimes plays a small-town sheriff who wakes from a coma to an undead apocalypse.
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2. Andrew Lincoln recently earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series at the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards for his role as Rick Grimes.
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3. Daryl Dixon is an adept survivalist and Merle Dixon’s little brother.
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4. Norman Reedus is also an accomplished photographer, as well as a burgeoning director, having directed three short films.
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5. Sasha is Tyreese's scrappy no-nonsense younger sister, she might be the only person able to help Tyreese understand what the others have endured. Her practical approach to survival is challenged by the nature of their new threats and by the relationships that are developing.
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6. Sonequa Martin-Green is known for her roles in "Once Upon a Time," "The Good Wife," "NYC 22" and "Army Wives." Her television credits also include "Gossip Girl" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
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7. Tyreese is Sasha's brother. He feels lucky to be alive. Will he be able to balance the loss the group has endured with his new relationship with Woodbury survivor Karen?
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8. An accomplished television, film and stage actor, Chad L. Coleman received critical acclaim for his work on HBO's Peabody Award-winning drama series "The Wire."
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9. Michonne is a quiet but fierce warrior who saves Andrea from walkers with her katana blade after the battle at Hershel's farm.
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10. As Michonne, Danai Gurira spends the winter with Andrea, fending for themselves as a close-knit team.
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11. Beth Greene is Hershel's daughter and Maggie's sister. She was living with her dad, sister and boyfriend Jimmy at Hershel's farm when Rick's group arrived.
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12. Emily Kinney plays Beth Greene on screen but off screen, she is a singer/songwriter, recently releasing a five song EP.
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13. Carol Peletier, her husband Ed and their daughter Sophia meet Shane, Lori and Carl on the road to Atlanta. Taking pity on them, Carol offers to share her husband's rations until he chastises her for compromising their "operational security."
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14. Carol Peletier is played by Melissa McBride, who has worked behind the camera as a commercial casting director.
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15. Maggie Greene lived with her father Hershel and her sister Beth in a secluded farmhouse. When Rick shows up on their porch one day with a gravely-injured Carl, Maggie is tasked with finding Lori to relate what's happened.
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16. Maggie Greene is played by the U.K. raised Lauren Cohan, who studied Drama and English Literature in college.
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17. At the outset of the apocalypse, Carl flees his small town with his mom, Lori, and his dad's best friend Shane, who soon becomes a surrogate father to the boy.
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18. An Atlanta native, Chandler Riggs began acting at age 4, which probably adds to his performance as Carl Grimes.
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