Leaked script from The Walking Dead spinoff pilot reveals major details

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

Aside from basic casting intel, Robert Kirkman has managed to keep most of the secrets surrounding the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff series under wraps. Until now.

The folks at Bleeding Cool got their hands on a copy of the pilot script, dated September 2014. Considering the studio has since issued a cease and desist in regard to scanned excerpts, we’d have to think it’s probably legit.


First up, we have a title (or working title, or possibly episode title): Fear the Walking Dead. As we had heard before, it's now confirmed that this project is definitely a prequel to the universe we know and love on the flagship series. It’s also set in Los Angeles, which had previously been confirmed.

So, how much of a prequel? Judging by the setup and actions in the pilot, it sounds like the show will explore the immediate days following the outbreak and how the world reacted when the undead starting jumping up and eating the living. Apparently, the rumors of zombies start out almost like an urban legend, as the world doesn’t believe it's true — and even the CDC is denying the reports.

The pilot follows the characters we’ve heard about previously, led by star Cliff Curtis as a divorced teacher, along with a guidance counselor (Kim Dickens). The rest of the cast is young, and mostly the teenage children of the teacher and counselor. The pilot also includes a whole lot more family drama than you’ve seen in the main series, as the group is distracted by problems like drugs and infighting before they realize walkers are the real threat.

Honestly, we’re a bit mixed on the approach. A story chronicling the early days of the downfall sounds like a lot of fun, but we just hope it doesn’t get so caught up in the drama to the point that it distracts from the looming stakes. The audience will be way ahead of the characters on this one, so they better make it interesting to keep us engaged.

What do you think? Is this a good approach for a spinoff series? 

(Via Bleeding Cool)