Even though we don’t yet have a specific release date for the “Fear The Walking Dead” AMC TV show, thanks to executive producer, and “The Walking Dead” comic book creator, Robert Kirkman, we do have some current insight into the show thanks to an interview he recently did with Entertainment Weekly. Kirkman spilled the beans that “Fear The Walking Dead” will focus on a pair of Los Angeles schoolteachers who are in a relationship that is headed towards marriage. The couple consists of widow Madison, played by Kim Dickens, and her divorced boyfriend Travis, played by Cliff Curtis.
The schoolteachers have kids from their previous relationships, which makes the situation a bit more complicated considering the impending zombie apocalypse the world is about to face. Madison has a daughter, Alicia, played by Alycia Debnam-Carey, who is successful in high school and a son Nick, played by Frank Dillane, who has failed at college. Travis is said to have a son Chris who is bitter about his mother Liza, played by Elizabeth Rodriguez, and father divorcing. EW revealed that Chris is portrayed by actor Lorenzo James Henrie. If his name appears familiar it’s because you may have seen him in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” or perhaps on “7th Heaven” when he appeared there in 2004.
Robert Kirkman told EW, “There’s a large cast in this show, just like there’s a large cast in The Walking Dead. But I think at its core this is a story of Travis and Madison, who are these two schoolteachers that both have kids from previous marriages and are very much in love.” Kirkman went on to explain further, “So having this interesting couple at the core of this show, fighting against the backdrop of civilization crumbling and the zombie apocalypse, really is the core of things. They’ve got two sets of kids. It’s an interesting situation.”
Kirkman also took a few moments to clarify that the new characters may not be where Rick and his group are as far as skills and experience, but they won’t take the zombie apocalypse laying down. Kirkman told EW, “There’s logistical knowledge, there’s people management, a lot of skills that come from that. And to a certain extent, I think schoolteachers are on the front lines of a lot of things these days with kids and parents and families and all kinds of different elements of society. They are fairly tough individuals, so we’re going to be dealing with a couple of fairly tough individuals on this show.”
It’s an interesting concept because you have what sounds like a situation that many people can relate to, a blended family with extended circumstances, sort of on par with “The Brady Bunch,” but with a twist because zombies are starting to take over and the world is beginning to fall apart on a grand scale. It will be exciting to see how these families respond to the hardships and extraordinary situations that present themselves when the fabric of society all of a sudden unravels. The most obvious plot line that should be explored is how well the high-achieving high school daughter does surviving compared to the college dropout son. It’s a perfect dichotomy to make the argument that book learning can teach you almost everything, except how to survive in a world full of the living dead.