Even as the six episodes of Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead, the spinoff to the hugely successful Walking Dead Franchise, has yet to premiere on Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. E.T., the producers at AMC are so confident of its success that they have already lined up a 15-episode Season 2.
Fear the Walking Dead focuses around a family's struggle to survive at the heart of Los Angeles just as the zombie infections is about to spread. It is set before the zombie outbreaks and will dwell on the rise of the zombie apocalypse, said Christian Post.
And like the original Walking Dead series that has everybody talking, AMC executives are convinced its spinoff will take in high ratings they have decided to have another 15-episode run in the next season.
Spinoff creator Dave Erickson said Fear the Walking Dead will take the audience to the world before the zombie apocalypse and follow one family's journey seeing the world change as the infection progresses. He said there are plenty of stories to be explored that Season 2 can certainly accommodate 15 episodes.
Erickson commented, "By the end of season 1, we definitely know the world has changed, but we're not at the same place where Rick [Grims] woke up. 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."
Erickson and his co-creator Robert Kirkman said Fear the Walking Dead will have a slower pace than the original Walking Dead Series but can stand on its own in terms of plot and story line.
Instead of calling the zombies as "walkers" as our heroes in The Walking Dead call those undead, Fear the Walking dead refer to them as "infected" to give the viewers the impression that there is still a cure for people who have already turned.
The spinoff will also dwell on the tension, anxiety and paranoia experienced by the family because of the zombie outbreak instead of focusing on confronting the zombies and fighting them off.
Unlike the original show where the action centered on walker confrontations, the spinoff will focus more on the tension, anxiety, and paranoia that arise as a result of the outbreak.
AMC also released a short teaser of Fear of the Walking Dead showing a burning Los Angeles as the zombie apocalypse progresses. The video, uploaded by a Walking Dead fan Cassidy Frazee who recorded it on her phone and uploaded on YouTube shows burning buildings to form the word "Fear", Inquistr reported.
Fear the Walking Dead stars Cliff Curtis (Travis), Kim Dickens (Madison), Frank Dillane (Nick), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Alicia), Elizabeth Rodriquez (Liza), and Lorenzo James (Henrie) as the core family members faced with the zombie apocalypse on their doorstep. The original The Walking Dead Season 6 Premieres this fall.
Here is the full trailer of Fear the Walking Dead.