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Next Sunday (August 23), AMC will take yet another bite out of Nielsen ratings when “Fear the Walking Dead” makes its bloody debut, nearly five years after the OG ratings behemoth arrived on the scene and became a cultural icon.
MTV News has already screened the (very bloody) pilot — you can read our review here — and while we can’t tell you everything that went down from amuse-bouche to dessert, we figured now was as good a time as any to tell you everything you need to know about “Fear the Walking Dead” (but were too afraid to ask):
Every zombie-fiction fan knows that a metropolitan area is pretty much the last place you’d want to be during a zombie apocalypse, but that’s exactly where we find ourselves in the premiere of “FtWD.” If the band of presumed survivors we meet in episode one are smart they’ll eventually hit the road, but who knows how far they’ll get — after all, it took regular “Walking Dead” nearly five years to leave Georgia.
Many of the walkers on “The Walking Dead” have been rotting for years at this point, so Greg Nicotero and the rest of the visual effects gang have been able to do really grotesquely creative things with them. (Think Well Walker.) “FtWD” deals instead with zombies that have only been dead for hours, to the point where you can’t really tell if some of them are even gone — you’d have to get close enough to see their eyes, and at that point, you’re already dead.
“The reality is many of them don’t know how to defend themselves, they don’t know how,” showrunner Dave Erickson told EW. “Their inclination is not going to be to beat down if it’s a walker coming at them. It’s not going to be to kill them,” he said. “And when they get to a place where that has to happen — as it does towards the end of the pilot — what is the weight, and shock, and trauma that that causes.”
In fact… let’s meet these characters right now!
Madison is also a guidance counselor in a Los Angeles public school, which — coupled with her “complicated” family life — should make her a decent candidate for long-term survival in a zombie apocalypse.
Travis (played by Cliff Curtis) is a teacher at the same school where Madison works, and from the pilot, he seems like a pretty stand-up dude who is just trying to make ends meet and combine two dynamic families. He’s just moved in with Madison and her kids when the action picks up, but something tells us they’ll be moving locations once ish goes down.
He is also much, much younger than Daryl (around 20), a voluntarily homeless heroin addict, and Madison’s eldest child — though in real life actor Frank Dillane is Stannis Baratheon’s (Stephen Dillane) child, which is undeniably exciting. ZOMBIE STANNIS CAMEO?!
Though, come to think of it, she could also go the total opposite route and pull a Carl…
She doesn’t get a whole lot of screen time in the “FtWD” premiere — she plays Travis’ ex-wife, who seems to be on good terms with him — but we feel strongly that, knowing Rodriguez, she’ll quickly become a character to root for. (And also a much-needed one, given that she’s a nurse. Have fun being the amputation go-to, Liza!)
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