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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Explained: ‘The Disintegration of a Major City… Through the Filter of a Family Drama’

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Explained: ‘The Disintegration of a Major City… Through the Filter of a Family Drama’
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Before Season 6 of “The Walking Dead” premieres in October, AMC is introducing “Fear the Walking Dead.”

The new show will reveal what happened when the zombie apocalypse hit L.A.

“Extra” caught up with executive producer Dave Erickson and the cast at TCA to learn more.

Erickson explained, “We are examining the beginning of the apocalypse, which Robert Kirkman documented in his comic, and then they documented in the original show. Our first season, first season and half, lives within the window of time that Rick Grimes was originally in his coma.”

Star Elizabeth Rodriguez, who shot to fame on “Orange Is the New Black,” added, “What you get to see is the breakdown of humanity and civilization, and the best part is our fans are ahead of us, because we don't watch the ‘Walking Dead’ on the show.”

Erickson describes it as “the disintegration of a major city… through the filter of a family drama.”

Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis play Madison and Travis, a couple trying to blend their dysfunctional family.

Dickens was surprised she landed the role, because she’s never been a part of the genre. “I read the script and thought it was an amazing character, incredibly high stakes to play and navigate through, and sort of [redefine] who I was at every moment.”

Curtis said he loves that his character isn’t an “anti-hero” operating under a “dark cloud.”

“He is an optimist,” Curtis said. “He loves the people in his life. He loves what he does. He is essentially a good person and that is refreshing for me.”

“Fear the Walking Dead” premieres Aug. 23 at 9 PM on AMC.

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