Fear The Walking Dead to feature ‘infected’ not walkers

Fear The Walking Dead - AMC
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When fans tuned in to The Walking Dead for the first time, they were thrown into a world dominated by the undead.  The infection had spread worldwide and finding the living was much more difficult than finding a zombie.  That is much different in the companion series due to premiere on August 23, 2015 titled Fear The Walking Dead.

Fear The Walking Dead promotional photo - AMC
Fear The Walking Dead promotional photo – AMC /

We will get a much different look at life during the early stages of the outbreak on Fear The Walking Dead.  The living will get their first look at what happens when people die and come back to life.  Eventually, the show will reach the level of death and despair that we’ve grown to know from AMC’s The Walking Dead, but it could take a long time to get there.

Fear The Walking Dead’s showrunner Dave Erickson recently spoke at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills on the pacing of the upcoming show.  Here is what he said according to TVLine.com:

"“We purposely built the show a bit more slowly than the original. We call them ‘infected’ and not ‘walkers.’ There’s absolutely going to be walkers, [but] there will be a build.”"

I was personally hoping that the term “infected” would be used for the zombies during the initial stages of the outbreak.  I felt as though it was the term would be great as a medical team as well as a way to describe the people without using the dreaded “Z” word that the universe of The Walking Dead avoids.

That kind of situation is awkward to watch since we already know what happens during the later stages of the outbreak, but it is one that we will discover over time as season one goes on.

"“By design, we tried to make it as much about the anxiety and paranoia and tension that goes along with this outbreak as about the actual confrontations with the zombies.”"

Although things may take a while to develop into all out chaos on Fear The Walking Dead, it is one that will be a worthwhile journey for viewers.  The impact that the outbreak of the infected will have will be slow, but noticeable.

"“By the end of Season 1, we definitely know the world has changed. It is the end of the world as we know it.”"

Make sure to tune in to AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead when it premieres on August 23, 2015.  The first season will be six episodes long with season two already being renewed for a 15-episode affair.

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