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“Fear The Walking Dead” Inspired By Bath Salts and Ebola?!

Fear The Walking Dead

While a lot of modern filmmakers miss the importance of social commentary, it’s what made George A. Romero’s original trilogy so spectacular.

For me, this is one of the major problems with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series, adapted from Robert Kirkman’s character-driven comic series. I couldn’t tell you the point of “Walking Dead,” nor could I tell you the end-game or why I would even care. What are the filmmakers trying to say? It’s an empty void of random violence that barely keep my attention.

This October AMC is set to debut “Fear The Walking Dead,” a spinoff of “Walking Dead” that takes us to Los Angeles during the initial outbreak.

While many of us were hoping to meet patient zero and learn what caused said outbreak, executive producer and KNB effects guru Greg Nicotero reveals to Melty that the filmmakers have chosen to leave this vague, and instead have opted for social commentary “ripped from the headlines.” THIS is the first thing that has me excited for the series, which stars Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).

“What’s important in the spin-off is how people react to it. It really is a fascinating statement on current society, because we get most of our information from our iPads and our phones. There have been things that have been happening in recent years… When you hear stories like that, about a guy who attacked someone and bit their face off, imagine how we reacted to that news story at the time.”

“Fear the Walking Dead” viewers might also get to see how some citizens’ grave mistakes help the virus spread, says Inquisitr, who caught wind of the story. He mentioned the recent Ebola cases in America and the Maine nurse who refused to self-quarantine after treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

“Even in the U.S., there was a nurse who was working in Africa and who came back to the United States and refused to go into quarantine for Ebola. So I think about stories like that and I go: ‘Wow, maybe that could have been the beginning, or maybe this could have been the beginning.’ In a TV show like ‘Fear The Walking Dead,’ you get to ask those same questions.”

During his Melty interview, adds Inquisitr, Nicotero revealed one of the biggest differences between “The Walking Dead” and its companion series — “The Walking Dead” featured multiple families that were torn apart (sometimes literally) by the zombie virus, but “Fear the Walking Dead” will focus on fractured families that are brought closer together by the outbreak.

“In our version of ‘The Walking Dead,’ we come across these people who are already a rag-tag group of survivors. They’ve lose people along the way, but they’ve found each other. The main difference in ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ is that we’re with families at the beginning of it.”

There’s a lot of great stuff here, and hopefully everyone involved has learned from the vast amount of mistake in “The Walking Dead”. If you guys like “The Walking Dead”, Can you imagine if it were as good as, let’s say, “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men”? Wowsers.

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16 Comments
  • Bouncy X

    october? damn….last i heard it was going to play this summer. i guess they really want to accompany the original show. wonder if they’ll air together or on different nights. and who will host “Fear The Talking Dead” ? 😛

    • J Jett

      Bouncy X, i think this site has it wrong. everything i’ve read about this spin off show has said it will be airing sometime during the summer (much like AGENT CARTER aired during AGENTS OF SHIELD’s holiday break).

    • It’ll air this summer, the only reason it states October in the article is because for some reason, they still let Mr.Disgusting do all the articles on The Walking Dead, and he couldn’t give a shit to report the correct information on a show that he loves to hate so much.

  • Cappy Tally

    Brad, how many times do we have to tell you this? No one gives a shit about your opinion. Just report the news for fuck’s sake. If sharing your opinions is so important to you, get a blog or something. At the very least add an editorial section to the site where you can rant all you want, but keep it out of the news. FOX News doesn’t pull this shit as often as you do.

  • James

    First off, The Walking Dead is not a violent and empty plotted show, one aspect it shows is how people of completely different backgrounds can come together and call each other families, it shows the difference between survivors, bandits, the weak, the strong, to cowardice. Second, it premiers in the late summer sometime around mid-August, finally the reason they leave a plot hole with how it started is because it leaves the viewer guessing and in shock when major details on the outbreak are discovered, like in the season 2 finale we learn that everyone is infected with the disease and no matter how you die, whether killed or bitten you will turn, we have learned that all CDC and major disease facilities have fallen that we have heard of, a character pretends to know the secret behind the outbreak and how to get a cure so he can get protection from real survivors who can fight and defend themselves. The reason behind this rant is that you are wrong about this show I don’t think you gave it a chance you probably watched the 1st two seasons (Not the best ones ever but important to plot and character development) what I’m saying though is that it seems you are judging book by its cover. You do not give the show a chance and considering the fan base behind the show and the shows upcoming spinoff, you should really watch all available episodes and decide again on what you think about this amazing, dramatic, sad, happy, exciting and awesome show.

    • Alex Gala

      Fear the walking dead is suppose to come out in july

  • J Jett

    why does every show/movie HAVE to have deep social messages within them? there’s nothing wrong with a show/movie existing just for pure entertainment. i DO agree though that it would be nice if the show was heading somewhere instead of feeling aimless. oh and the show is supposed to air during the summer (sort of as a fill in show for the original show like AGENT CARTER aired during AGENTS OF SHIELD’s hiatus/break) not October.

  • yeah, I could tell from the first few lines that the point of this “article” is to throw shade & stir up some controversy, & I could also tell you the end-game which is to get ppl riled up & clicking & commenting but in the end, there is not a single reason why I would care about what is being said so ignorantly. it’s an empty void of random shock words that barely leave any credibility to the “blogger”.

    • Shawn Savage

      Clickbait is clickbaiting.

      • whatever you said & whatever you might mean here by it doesn’t apply here.

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  • liltrav88888

    very few shows can compare to breaking bad plus theres only so much you can do on a zombie tv show lol

  • bdwolfe312

    Check it out, in THIS particular article, @BradMiska bashes The Walking Dead…keeping it fresh, Mr. Disgusting…

  • Steve Chahoy

    The walking dead is the number one show on TV for a reason. Thank god you are not one of the viewers . This show is popular because it shows you how the general public would react to a “walker” apocalypse . You need to take it for what it is. The intriguing part of the show gives the example of how the superior part of the human race would find a way to survive. They carry on….and we watch as they do. Furthermore there has never been a character study as deep as what as portrayed on the show. For this reason the walking dead will continue to be at the forefront of all programming on television for the foreseeable future…….enjoy my friends!

  • HSchriefer

    *sigh* Where do I begin…..

    George Romero set the standard for zombie films as we know them today. His blend of social commentary and gore pushed the boundaries of the horror genre, shaped into something new and exciting. We have the types of zombie and zombie-like movies as we do now because of him. Greg Nicotero has worked closely with Romero during his career, has learned at the feet of the master, and has made his own innovations. The Walking Dead is an amazing example of the culmination of that work.

    Historically, zombie films posed the “what if” question and provided answers within a small timeframe. The films centered on the characters’ *immediate* struggle for survival; the zombies were front and center, the gore ever-present, character development was small and shallow. Events were fast-paced and the action typically non-stop. What makes TWD unique is that it explores the characters involved in the action, placing the cause of the struggle (zombies) onto the back burner in favor of delving more into the human side of the scenario. If one needs proof of the show’s innovation, one need only to see how the entire genre has changed since the its premiere in 2010. Recent zombie films are more character-driven than in the past; the fact that there are zombies is almost an afterthought. Romero’s influence (social commentary set within fantastic horror) is absolutely present but the show’s format allows for a richer, fuller exploration into the most important question posed by any post-apocalyptic, zombie wasteland hypothetical: How will things (and people) change over time?

    The author doesn’t get it, clearly. The point is unsurprisingly lost on him because he is viewing the show within the confines of the film format; a 90 minute run-time does not allow for the kind of character development we have on the show and demands the most bang for the buck to keep the audience’s attention. TWD is a rich, thought-provoking show that tries to present the audience with a hypothetical that’s as close to real life as possible. He cannot see the end game because LIFE has no end game.

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