Many zombie enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead" spinoff, "Fearing the Walking Dead." With the new show existing in the same universe as the original series, a lot of fans are wondering how the two worlds will connect, and now they have some answers.
Creator Robert Kirkman remains relatively tight-lipped about any connections the show will have to “The Walking Dead,” likely in the hopes of surprising his cadre of viewers when any big moments finally arrive in the prequel series. However, he recently opened up to Entertainment Weekly about one key element that will bridge the gap between the two shows.
“Everything that happens in ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ is in the same universe as ‘The Walking Dead,’” he said. “So any rule that we find out and anything they see in the early days is definitely something that was happening in the past of the other show. These two shows are very intertwined in the same world, even if their characters aren’t necessarily going to interact because of geographical distances. So yeah, anything that you learn from ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will apply to the mythology of ‘The Walking Dead’ and vice versa.”
While he didn’t directly say it, Kirkman is implying here that it’s entirely possible that a key addition to the mythology could be revealed in “Fear The Walking Dead” that could impact future seasons of “The Walking Dead.” However, what’s much more likely is that the characters in “Fear the Walking Dead” will be introduced to things that Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group of survivors learned in the past.
For example, the series creator hinted that the big discovery that all human beings are infected and will turn into walkers whether they’re bitten or not is something that the new characters will figure out “in a much different way.”
Still, despite the tease, don’t expect to learn too much extra about the world of “The Walking Dead.” Although “Fear the Walking Dead” will focus on the early days of the zombie apocalypse, it was previously reported that Kirkman told a group of people at the National Association of Broadcasters that he has no interest in exploring the scientific cause behind what’s going on.
“For him, it’s never been about what caused it; it’s always been about the impact it has on people,” showrunner Dave Erickson told The Hollywood Reporter. “Robert’s always said – and this is what we try to anchor ‘Fear’ in is: Your parents got divorced or there are zombies. You didn’t get invited to prom, or there are zombies.”
Fans will just have to wait until “Fear the Walking Dead” premieres in August to find out if there will be any real impact or benefit to watching both shows simultaneously.
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