Yesterday Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015 showed us why we should Fear The Walking Dead when Chris Hardwick was the guest moderator for the panel and kicked things off by announcing that the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead will be on August 23 at 9pm. He let everyone know that he will be doing a Fear The Talking Dead special after the final episode of the first season, but there could be more episodes of The Talking Deads for the spinoff if the show has levels of popularity that support it.
On the stage for the panel were executive producers Dave Erickson, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero. Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead) was unable to attend due to recuperating from throat surgery. They then brought out several of the actors from the show, including Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane, Lorenzo James Henrie, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Rubén Blades, and Mercedes Mason.
"I had talked about a spinoff show with Kirkman originally early on, and when we did, we knew we wanted it set in a large town – something as different as possible from The Walking Dead. It’s somewhat set during the time of Rick’s coma. Fear The Walking Dead is a family drama, and we filter the apocalypse through them.”
- Dave Erickson
After the trailer concluded, Hardwick asked Dickens (who plays the mother of the blended family) about her experience on the show. She confessed, “I had nightmares after filming.”
The moderator then started to question Dillane (who plays one of the kids on the show), but he had a hard time answering without giving spoilers, so Erickson stepped in. “Nick (Dillane’s character) is one of the first people that sees what’s going on, so in some ways, he’s like a prophet.”
“Rick is such an alpha. He’s a sheriff…it’s easy to envision him as a leader. But what if there’s not this obvious leader? What if there’s this high school English teacher and a guidance counselor? We’re going to see who’s going to become a diamond from coal and who’s going to crumble into dust.”
- Dave Alpert
Difference Between TWD & FTWD Casts
Hardwick next spoke about the zombies having a different appearance in this show. Instead of rotting corpses, they appear more like people who are ill.
“It’s not like the decomposition you see after two or three years…you still see a little bit of life in their eyes – you see their humanity. And since they appear this way, your first instinct is to help them, not shoot them.”
- Greg Nicotero
“It’s a really amazing dynamic to explore. At the end of the day, she’s still a seventeen year old girl. Horrible things happen, but she’s still bothered about trivial items.”
- Alycia Debnam-Carey
On how her character is different than Carl
An audience member asked the question was that lots of fans wanted to know: Will the two Walking Dead casts ever meet?
“There are no plans for the two shows to crossover – I think they would kill me if I ever pitched that story. There’s no plans or reason for that to take place at this time.”
- Dave Erickson
Another fan directed a question to Chris Hardwick. He asked if there was any chance Hardwick might appear on the new show since it’s set in Los Angeles.
“Nicotero has offered to have me come down to Atlanta and become a walker. And I went through the makeup process on the show. But if you ever saw me on an episode, it would take you out of the show. So, while I’d do it if they really wanted me to, it’s better if I stick to my show.”
- Chad Hardwick
The panel then concluded, but before the cast and crew walked off, Hurd had an announcement: AMC Global will be showing the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead in over 100 countries at the exact same time. “This way, no one anywhere has to worry about spoilers!” Apocalypse averted.
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