AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead Series Predictions
We’re first introduced to Nick Clark when he wakes up in an abandoned church, red eyed and disoriented. It’s obvious there wasn’t an extended hours youth group going on here…
“Gloria!” He calls, but he recieves no answer. He thinks nothing of it, not at first, and goes in search of his girlfriend. He drifts down the hall, in and out of rooms, rubbing his eyes and stretching.
He calls for her again, and screaming sounds from somewhere downstairs. Nick starts down to investigate, noticing blood on a piano. He’s taken aback by the sight, not sure what to think or how to react. He looks around and spots legs sticking out from the stairwell. Peeking around the corner, he sees a dead man with a large gash in his neck. Now he knows something serious has happened and he becomes even more desperate to find Gloria. He calls for her again, picking up a steel candle holder to arm himself. Finally, he finds her between the church pews. He doesn’t yet realise what he’s just walked into. At this point, we all realise that Gloria is no longer, er, Gloria anymore and why there’s blood all over the walls.
Nick stumbles backward, in shock from what he’s seeing and not entirely sure if it’s real or not. He pushes to his feet and flees the church in possibly the most memorable scene of the pilot.
Thus starts the highly anticipated spin off series of The Walking Dead called (wait for it…) Fear The Walking Dead! The premiere set an all-time cable ratings record with an estimated 10.1 million viewers. The most viewed premiere in cable history! The series takes place in the same TWD universe but instead of being set in Georgia, it’s set in pre-apocalypse LA and follows a completely new cast of characters. This episode we became acquainted with Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) who is a guidance counselor at a high school. We find that Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) is her son and he is battling a heroin addiction. Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam Carey) is her daughter and a gifted student at the high school. Madison’s boyfriend, Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), is a teacher at the high school and I’m assuming that’s how the pair met. He also has a son, Chris Manawa (Lorenzo James Henrie). Travis and Chris seem to be having problems and don’t have a close father-son relationship.
The Walking Dead fans everywhere have high hopes for this new series. Spinoff series are always under more pressure, pressure to both live up to the original series and o stand out from it. But how can we doubt it when AMC has brought us so many other great series: Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, Mad Men, and TURN. And let’s not forget, the successful Breaking Bad spin off: Better Call Saul.
Judging from the pilot, I think this series will be successful as well (AMC has got this, people! Come on!). I wasn’t expecting to see any walkers (or whatever they’ll be called in FTWD) until a few episodes in as the show is set in the pre-appocalypse world, but we got a walker within the first three minutes of the pilot! I was both pleased and surprised to get a good dose of both zombie and character development in the pilot.
The series has been described by show runner Dave Erickson as a “family drama”. Say what, Mr. Erickson? A family drama? Sounds good to me! The appeal of the original series to me has always been the family dynamics, the changes the characters go through as they are constantly pushed to their breaking point, the surprise of finding who will rise to the occasion and who will do absolutely anything to survive.
My Fear The Walking Dead Predictions:
- We’re not going to lose any of the main family members in Season 1.
- The family will only become closer. Travis and Chris will repair their broken father-son relationship with a little zombie-killing therapy. That always releases that pent up agression! Go get ’em, boys!
- Nick will go into withdrawal at the absolute worst of times! Remember guys, he is a heroin addict. He’s going to be jonsing so hard and it’s kind of hard to fight for your life when you’re already, well, fighting for your life.
- The family will remain in the city for the entire season and not venture into the woods/countryside like Rick’s group.
- As said in the promos,”When civilisation ends, it ends fast,” we’ll start to see the desperate Man-Eat-Man world ( pun intended) side of humanity immediately. Every man for himself. Something we didn’t get to see from Rick’s perspective in TWD as he was comatose during those first crucial days. Once the mass epidemic gets out of hand, especially in a city as large as Los Angeles, we are going to see humanity at its worst and at its best.
What are your Fear The Walking Dead series predictions? Let us know in the comments!