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Fear the Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson that premiered on AMC on August 23, 2015. It is a companion series and prequel to The Walking Dead, which is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The first season, consisting of six episodes, aired in 2015. Its second season, of 15 episodes, premiered on April 10, 2016.
Set initially in Los Angeles, California, the series follows a dysfunctional family composed of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark, her English teacher boyfriend Travis Manawa, her daughter Alicia, her drug-addicted son Nick, and Travis’ son from a previous marriage, Chris, at the onset of the zombie apocalypse. They must revamp themselves to survive, as they come to terms with the impending collapse of civilization. On April 15, 2016, AMC announced the series had been renewed for a 16-episode third season to air in 2017.
In September 2013, AMC announced they were developing a companion series to The Walking Dead, which follows a different set of characters created by Robert Kirkman. In September 2014, AMC ordered a pilot, which was written by Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and directed by Adam Davidson, and is executive produced by Kirkman, Erickson, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert, with Erickson serving as showrunner.The project was originally known as Cobalt; Kirkman confirmed, in March 2015, that the series would be titled Fear the Walking Dead.On March 9, 2015, AMC announced it had ordered FTWD to series, with a two-season commitment: the first season, comprising six episodes, premiered on August 23, 2015; the second season, comprising 15 episodes, premiered on April 10, 2016.
Production of the pilot episode began in early 2015 and ended on February 6, 2015.The pilot episode was filmed in Los Angeles; the remaining first season episodes were filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Production on the remaining five first season episodes began on May 11, 2015.Adam Davidson, who directed the pilot, also directed the series’ second and third episodes. Filming for the second season began in December 2015, with production moving to Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
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