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The wait for the return of “The Walking Dead” is almost over — even if your favorite characters in Alexandria are still several weeks away.
Nevertheless, we’re about to embark on new undead adventures in a different corner of the same “Walking Dead” universe, thanks to “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series premiering on Sunday night. Will you find new Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixons to root for? That’s certainly the goal, but don’t walk into this expecting too many note-for-note similarities between the two shows.
We’ve seen the first episode of “Fear the Walking Dead,” and here are a few things to keep in mind before you lay eyes on it, too:
Probably the best way to decide whether or not this show will be in your wheelhouse is to take a gander at the opening scene. Give it a look now, and then we’ll continue on. Hope you didn’t just eat lunch, ’cause this might get a little gross.
Frank Dillane’s father is Stephen Dillane, aka the middle Baratheon brother on “Game of Thrones.” Not totally relevant to our “Walking Dead” purposes, but I thought you should know!
Speaking of these people, you’re going to recognize a few of them…
Maestro Harrell, terrific as troubled Randy Wagstaff on HBO’s historic crime series “The Wire,” has a quick role in the first episode of “Fear,” playing high school jock Matt. We’ll see how important he is as the series continues on, but for now, always great to add another “Wire” veteran to the “Walking Dead” pantheon, right alongside Chad Coleman’s Tyreese, Lawrence Gilliard Jr.’s Bob Stookey, and Seth Gilliam’s Father Gabriel.
For now, at least, Dickens appears to be taking center stage as Madison Clark, a high school guidance counselor who needs a little bit of guidance of her own when it comes to the developing undead situation. Give her time; something tells me she’s going to wake up to the full extent of what’s going on before too long.
Those same fans have absolutely no advantage when it comes to “Fear.” This show is entirely its own story, based on nothing that already exists under the “Walking Dead” umbrella. Whatever happens to Madison, Travis, Nick and Alicia is completely up in the air. One or more of them could be dead within the first few episodes, if not the pilot itself. Expect the unexpected, in other words, because “Walking Dead” is entering completely uncharted waters here.
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