While “The Walking Dead” has been busy filming Season 6 recently in Hampton, Georgia, the new series from creator Robert Kirkman, “Fear The Walking Dead,” is also currently being filmed. Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Kirkman and he gave up a few interesting tidbits about the new show and how it will function in the grand scheme of the universe he’s created. Robert Kirkman assured Entertainment Weekly that all of the information that we will eventually learn in “Fear The Walking Dead” applies to the world that has already been fleshed out in “The Walking Dead” television show.
Kirkman went on to tell Entertainment Weekly, “So any rule that we find out and anything they see in the early days is definitely something that was happening in the past of the other show.” This makes sense because the two shows, although taking place in different times and locations, ultimately take place in the same universe. Kirkman explained further, “These two shows are very intertwined in the same world, even if their characters aren’t necessarily going to interact because of geographical distances.”
Perhaps the most important bit of information revealed by Kirkman is when he told Entertainment Weekly, “So you are going to get to see that the characters learn that they’re all infected in a much different way. But all the rules do apply and are the same.” In “The Walking Dead” the characters learned about the infection after a near death visit to the CDC in Atlanta in Episode 5 of Season 1 which was titled, “Wildfire.” In the next episode, “TS-19,” Rick and the group meet Dr. Edwin Jenner, the sole survivor in the building, and Jenner whispered into Rick’s ear information about the infection. Rick held that information to himself for a long time before making it public that everyone was already infected.
The fact that everyone is infected on “The Walking Dead” gives the title of the comic and television series the irony it deserves. Living or dead, everyone is infected and as humanity begins to crumble and society deteriorates, the main quest becomes finding the right path that differentiates the living from the dead. We’ve seen the very worst of humanity prevail in a world that has forsaken the living and we’ve also seen some pretty heroic people who refuse to let this new world of zombies and impending death and doom stop them from living. We’ve seen some senseless deaths along the way and, truth be told, a few deaths that were well deserved. When “Fear The Walking Dead” finally premieres this August on AMC we’ll see how this new set of survivors handle the world of chaos that is thrust upon them.