‘Fear the Walking Dead’ premiere: What should AMC’s ratings expectations be?

Fear the Walking Dead premieres August 23 at 9 p.m. on AMC.


She reveals that she’ll have to learn to work with weapons in the second season – so she makes it that far.

AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead showed how Rick Grimes awoke from a coma and how his quest for survival began. Its companion/spin-off series, “Fear the Walking Dead“, will offer a reprieve. No one knows what’s causing the chaos in L.A. A rapidly spreading, highly contagious virus slashes attendance at Madison’s school, and across the city, instances of police shootings are on the rise-many of them very public, aggressive responses to perceived threats who don’t stop coming even with a dozen bullets in them.

By the end of the first season of “Fear“, Mr. Erickson said it’s clear the world has changed, but “we aren’t necessarily at the same place we were when Rick woke up in Georgia”. And the first time someone shoots a zombie in the chest I guarantee Twitter will light up with “Head shot only!” tweets.

“I think the characters are very empathetic and grounded in reality – not that the other characters aren’t – but we’re not cops”.

“No one’s going to college…no one’s doing anything they think they are”, he says, during a talk in Madison’s office. If you’ve seen the photos of the zombies in Season 6, then you know exactly what I mean.

In the short preview posted on the US television series’ Facebook page, viewers get a chilling glimpse at the first episode which is just days away from airing.

In the plot, Travis (Cliff Curtis), an English teacher has recently divorced with his wife Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and has found new romance with Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), a guidance counselor who has two kids – outstanding student Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and heroin addict Nick (Frank Dillane). You suggested there’s no rush to get into the full apocalypse, but where do you want to be at the end of Season 1? We start exploring conspiracy theories that go around the Internet at the school and people are seeing things on their camera phones. And it’s a lot easier to sit here and wonder what we’d do if this started happening around us.

The so-called companion series – it’s not quite a spinoff and not entirely a prequel series – is set in Los Angeles at the dawn of the zombie outbreak.

“We wanted an urban backdrop”, Mr. Erickson said. That’s something that we’ll explore with the Salazar family. How did information get out? Fear the Walking Dead takes place on the West Coast.

But fear not, zombie fans. It’s not going to be World War Z, but we will see a military presence. “One of the things that the show is very much about is identity and reinvention”. With the first of six episodes set to be broadcast this Sunday, and a fifteen episode run that I suspect we’ll see next summer, there’s some solid anticipation for this show.


But “Fear” will use audience expectations – and music that ratchets up anticipation – to build tension.

Frank Dillane as Nick Clark in'Fear the Walking Dead a live young man trapped in an undead world