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Writer Explains How "Fear The Walking Dead" Fits into the Original Series' Timeline

Showrunner Dave Erickson has cleared up where exactly "Fear the Walking Dead" fits into the context of the original series and its inciting zombie outbreak.

Erickson told TVLine, "If you marked off the days [that have passed on air since 'Fear The Walking Dead' debuted], I think right now, by the end of the first half [of Season 2], we're getting very close to Rick waking up in Georgia," adding, "['Fear The Walking Dead' survivors have] arrived at a place where they're up to speed on how one deals with the apocalypse and the dead."

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The writer-producer went on to address fan frustrations, saying they're a result of the earlier timeframe: "By the end of the first [zombie movie] reel, everybody knows the score and is able to kill [the undead] without any thought. They become very practiced at it very quickly. And that was something we wanted to avoid. We wanted to [instead] try to balance expectations of how people should behave once they know there are zombies with this sort of attempted slow burn into the apocalypse from a character standpoint."

Erickson continued, "That creates frustrations, to a certain degree, because in some instances, you want [the characters] to get it already. And in some circumstances, the things that they do that don't seem particularly zombie-savvy are, for me, moments where they aren't zombie-savvy."

"Fear the Walking Dead" returns from its hiatus on Sunday, August 21 at 9/8c, on AMC.

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