If you missed the series premiere of Fear The Walking Dead this past Sunday, then you might have been in the minority. The prequel/spin-off TV series of AMC's popular The Walking Dead debuted with an estimated 10.1 million viewers watching on Sunday alone, counting both live viewers and DVR+1 viewers (or DVR same day watchers). This is an unbelievable number, not only for a show on basic cable, but also for a show in the post-DVR days of television. This breaks the previous record held by fellow AMC show, Better Call Saul, which had an estimated 6.8 million viewers back this past February.
The new series shows us what happened during that time that Rick Grimes, star of The Walking Dead, was in a coma and the world around him is just beginning to collapse into the zombie apocalypse. Set in Los Angeles, we are introduced to a new family, one that is at the beginning of their own life changing transitions themselves. We find that mom Maddy (played by Kim Dickens) is just beginning a new milestone in life with her boyfriend Cliff (played by Travis Manawa) having just moved into the same house together. Both have grown and almost-grown children from previous marriages and are having a difficult time adjusting to their new roles with the new people in their lives. Enter Nick (played by Frank Dillane), the heroin junkie oldest son of Maddy, and the first to show us, the viewer, a sign of what the whole world will soon become.
In case you were one of those to not watch it yet, you can watch the first 3 minutes of the show here:
Some zombie hungry horror fans might complain that the story has too much human story points in their zombie show. But I think that they have so far successfully paced out how this would happen in real life. The process of trying to rationalize what is happening to them and the world around them is excellently portrayed by all the actors thus far. These people don't have the luxury that Rick Grimes had, to just wake up and this is the way the world is now. They are still trying to figure out what it is that is even attacking them and how that is even possible. And with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman firmly in place to help steer the ship for this show, I'm on board for the short haul (it's only a 6 episode season, but a second season has already been green light for 2016). While I'm somewhat bummed by the shortened first season, that pain will quickly subside when TWD returns for Season 6 on October 11.
Fear The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 8pm on AMC.
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