In AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead," the zombie apocalypse looms over Los Angeles, a crisis in the early stages of the all-out destruction of human civilization seen in "The Walking Dead." Until then, however, the "Walking Dead" spinoff show will focus on family first and foremost.
"Ultimately, it's a family drama," Erickson shared with Entertainment Weekly. "One of the things that Robert [Kirkman] and I discussed from the very beginning was, we're starting a little earlier in the apocalypse. And what that allowed us to do in the pilot and season 1 is establish our core family, establish the problems and the conflicts that they have, and really let that be the initial world that we live in. And we layer in the onset of the apocalypse, we layer in our first walkers, but it's really an effort to exacerbate the problems that already exist with Kim Dickens' character and Cliff Curtis' character and their sort of dysfunctional blended family. It's really filtering the apocalypse through that."
A handful of new photos from the show also reveal a closeup look at several of these family members, including Alycia Debnam-Carey's Alicia, her mom Madison (Kim Dickens) and Madison's boyfriend Travis (Cliff Curtis).
Premiering in August, "Fear the Walking Dead" stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Mercedes Mason and Ruben Blades.