Kirkman Says "Fear" Is A Companion, Not Prequel to "The Walking Dead"

With its August premiere fast approaching, more and more information about the "Walking Dead" prequel "Fear the Walking Dead" is being revealed -- like the fact that it is not a prequel. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Robert Kirkman clarified the time frame depicted in the new AMC series, saying that while it will initially take place in the early days of the zombie outbreak, it will eventually overlap with the early seasons of "The Walking Dead" -- therefore shaking off its prequel status.

"I will say that [the show] will definitely progress," said Kirkman. "I will say that I don't consider this show to be a prequel to 'The Walking Dead,' because there will be a point where a certain episode of this show will line up with season 2 of 'The Walking Dead,' and a certain episode of this show will line up with season 3 of 'The Walking Dead.' So we will be progressing through time to the point that we do pass the initial days of the outbreak. But how fast it is that we get there? That's just going to have to remain a mystery."

AMC has already given the series a two season order, meaning that viewers may eventually see how the LA-based "Fear" synchs up with the Atlanta-set "Walking Dead." Before that happens, however, viewers will get to see a show set in pre-apocalypse times, as revealed in the series' first photos.

"We're very early [in the outbreak]," Kirkman told EW. "But if you think about the way a zombie outbreak would happen, it would happen very organically. It would be happening for a while behind the scenes. In pockets of civilization, there would be news stories that didn't really make sense and didn't seem connected. And that's kind of where we pick things up. There are a lot of things on the news, there's a lot of chatter and paranoia and concern. And yet the vast majority of the population is ignoring these things and talking about their daily lives, and that's kind of where we pick things up. And things ramp up very quickly from there."

"Fear the Walking Dead" debuts this August on AMC.

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