Fans of The Walking Dead will most likely already know about this prequel series – but if you don’t, you’re in for a treat.
If you couldn’t get enough of the original series, Fear the Walking Dead offers even more post-apocalyptic horror to binge watch.
It first came out in 2015 on the channel AMC, and is notably based on the comic book which bears the same name. The series is repeatedly renewed, being approved for a sixth run in July 2019.
The main focus of Fear the Walking Dead is a family comprising Madison Clark and her fiance Travis Manawa. The pair work as a guidance counsellor and English teacher respectively.
Madison has a daughter called Alicia, who in turn has a son called Nick. Also in the household is Travis’s son, who came from his last relationship. His name is Chris, and his mother Liza Ortiz also lives with them.
The family is set to become much bigger when the apocalypse hits, as many people join the group. They are forced to adapt to their new surroundings as civilisation ceases to exist in the way they once knew it.
Cast and characters
- Kim Dickens – Madison Clark
- Cliff Curtis – Travis Manawa
- Frank Dillane – Nicholas ‘Nick’ Clark
- Alycia Debnam-Carey – Alicia Clark
- Elizabeth Rodriguez – Elizabeth ‘Liza’ Ortiz
- Mercedes Mason – Ofelia Salazar
- Lorenzo James Henry – Christopher ‘Chris’ Manawa
- Ruben Blades – Daniel Salazar
- Colman Domingo – Victor Strand
- Michelle Ang – Alex
- Danay Garcia – Luciana Galvez
- Daniel Sharman – Troy Otto
- Sam Underwood – Jeremiah ‘Jake’ Otto Jr
- Dayton Callie – Jeremia Otto Sr
- Lisandra Tena – Lola Guerrero
- Maggie Grace – Althea ‘Al’ Szewczyk-Przygocki
- Garret Dillahunt – John Dorie
- Lennie James – Morgan Jones
- Jenna Elfman – June Dorie ‘Naomi/Laura’
- Alexa Nisenson – Charlie
- Karen David – Grace
- Austin Amelio – Dwight
- Mo Collins – Sarah Rabinowitz
- Colby Hollman – Wes
To begin with, episodes of Fear the Walking Dead took place in Los Angeles. A number of locations were used, such as Woodrow Wilson High School. As filming progressed, the rest of the episodes for the first season were shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The second season involved filming being moved down to Baja California, Mexico. Notably, scenes filmed at Abigail’s vineyard took place at Valle de Guadalupe, and those at the sea or hotel were at Rosarito.
As for the third season, filming remained in Baja California. Locations such as Avenida Revolution, Abelardo L Rodriguez Dam and more in the Tijuana area were used.
The fourth season was shot in a number of places around Austin, Texas. Some viewers may recognise the Dell Diamond baseball stadium, located in Round Rock. Furthermore, the Brackenridge Hospital in Austin may also be familiar to some of the audience.
The fifth season has been revealed to be filming in New Braunfels, Texas.
Fans first became aware that The Walking Dead was receiving a prequel back in September 2013. This was when AMC announced that a companion series was being developed.
That said, fans were informed that a different group of actors would be playing roles this time around. In 2014, a pilot was ordered, and it was originally known as Cobalt. A two season order was made by AMC in 2015.
Episodes and reception
The first season of Fear the Walking Dead received a rating of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes. This number went down for the next season, where they received 70%.
It went up in viewer estimations for season 3, where the average review was 83%. As for the fourth season, the average on Rotten Tomatoes is 80%.
The demographic for this series is 18 to 49 years of age, and the series premiere had 6.3 million viewers (out of 10.1 million total) who fit the bill in this regard.
Notably, by averaging 11.2 million viewers for its first season, Fear the Walking Dead became the most highly rated first season for any show in the history of cable television.
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