Fear The Walking Dead: Will it preach an anti-drug message?

Nick Bennett, Fear The Walking Dead - AMC
Nick Bennett, Fear The Walking Dead - AMC /

Fear The Walking Dead is ready to hit the small screen on August 23, 2015.  While many fans are still skeptical about whether or not the show will hold its own weight, others have totally bought in to AMC’s companion series for the insanely popular The Walking Dead series.

Fear the Walking Dead - AMC
Fear the Walking Dead – AMC /

While there isn’t a lot of knowledge floating around out there about what to expect from the first season of Fear The Walking Dead, we have learned that Frank Dillane will play the role of Nick, a drug-addicted young man who is one of the first to discover the “infected” people.

However, because of his known drug use, people hesitate to believe him.  They think he’s seeing things in a drug-induced hallucination.  Because of that, warnings about the dangers that loom for his family are disregarded and everyone is put in a situation that could have been avoided.

There is a little bit of an odd silver lining to Nick’s lifestyle on Fear The Walking Dead though.  It is that same drug addiction that could help him deal with the ever-changing world around him.

In a recent interview on the Digital Spy webiste, Frank Dillane spoke about his character dealing with the undead and changing his way of living in order to survive.

"“He’s got nothing to lose and I think that’s quite a good way to approach the apocalypse. Drug addicts are constantly living with life and death, that’s where they revolve at – so it’s quite an easy transition. If you’re a junkie, you’ve just got one problem – where’s my next fix coming from? So I think that single-mindedness, and that simplicity of action, will fare [him] well.”"

What do you think?  Would being addicted to drugs be a positive or negative thing for transitioning to a zombie apocalypse?  And do you feel that showing an easy transition from addict to survivor belittles how difficult dealing with addiction is?  Let me know your opinion in the comments below.

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