Kirkman explains why Fear The Walking Dead is actually a family show (really!)

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May 21, 2015

We’re still anxious to get a look at AMC’s new spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead, and now franchise creator Robert Kirkman is chiming in about what will make the prequel stand on its own.

Fear, which will be set in Los Angeles and chronicle the early days of the zombie apocalypse, focuses on school teachers Madison (Kim Dickens) and Travis (Cliff Curtis). The two are in a relationship, and much of the show will find them trying to keep their families safe as the undead start walking around.

According to Kirkman, they’re doubling down on Madison and Travis, with aims to make their relationship the central crux of the series (along with their relationships with their kids). Basically: It’s The Brady Bunch with zombies, kind of, which sounds kind of cool. But also kind of doesn’t. Also, we use "family show" in the sense that it's about a family. Not in the sense that you should let your preschooler watch it.

Here’s an excerpt from what Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly:

"There’s a large cast in this show, just like there’s a large cast in The Walking Dead. But I think at its core this is a story of Travis and Madison, who are these two schoolteachers that both have kids from previous marriages and are very much in love. And then one of the things that really excites me about this show is the fact that this is a show about two people who are a team, and they do back each other up. They do love and respect each other. 

They’re a happy couple, which is something that you don’t see a lot of on cable television these days. Usually cable television focuses on infidelity, love triangles, divorces, marriages breaking down—that’s really the meat and potatoes of the drama we mostly deal with on TV. So having this interesting couple at the core of this show, fighting against the backdrop of civilization crumbling and the zombie apocalypse, really is the core of things. They’ve got two sets of kids. It’s an interesting situation...

Yeah, I think the idea of having a blended family and trying to make all that work is an interesting family dynamic that could be the basis of its own show. The fact that we have zombies in it is icing on the cake. And the fact that we are dealing with the very beginnings of the zombie apocalypse and watching the world crumble around them, and people are very much unprepared for this world that they’re in and having to very quickly adapt—that’s a second piece of cake next to the piece of a cake.

Admittedly, The Walking Dead started as the story of Rick and his family (and is still largely about Rick), but it has grown into so much more of an ensemble show than it was in the beginning. The pitch for Fear sounds interesting, but we (again) worry it might get a bit boring watching these people try to figure out these basic things we’ve known for years, from watching the flagship series.

What do you think? Will Fear the Walking Dead be a worthy addition?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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