While we’re still a few months away before the Rick-Tatorship can take over our lives again, AMC is riding high on zombies and bringing viewers Fear the Walking Dead.”
Much like their critically acclaimed Better Call Saul which tells the story of Saul Goodman before he gets wrapped up in the whirlwind that is Walter White and his blue meth.
Fear the Walking Dead takes viewers to a month before the outbreak and Atlanta. Unlike The Walking Dead which throws us into confusion with Rick Grimes waking up in the hospital in Atlanta, Fear the Walking Dead shows the whole downfall of society and the events that lead up to the world we know and fear in The Walking Dead.
Set in Los Angeles, this show brings the audience a blended family that seems to have their own issues. When we first meet Nick, much like Rick (Ok Kirkman I see what you did there) wakes up in a state of confusion.
As Nick moves around in what looks like an abandoned church he see’s his first walker. Though unlike Rick who is faced with the harsh reality that he is alone and everyone he loves is probably dead, Nick gets hit with a car.
Without spoiling too much, the first episode is a slow burn. The viewers get a peek into the lives of these characters and get themselves established. Unlike the first episode of The Walking Dead where we meet more walkers, Fear the Walking Dead gives us three confirmed walkers on screen.
What I like about this show as opposed to the first season of The Walking Dead is that we’re seeing the world as it falls apart, we’re seeing the initial attack of the virus and how people are dealing with it. The episode as I mentioned is a slow burn, but looking at the previews it’s obvious that all hell will be breaking loose before things get better.
Now it is important to note that if you are a fan of the The Walking Dead the episode will seem slow and stupid, why slow? Well no walkers are losing their heads. Why stupid? Well considering one main character heads back to where Nick wakes up, at night and starts calling out, many of us were more than likely screaming at the television because we know that A) don’t make noise B) it’s dark so you don’t know what’s in there C) you still don’t know how to kill them.
Fear the Walking Dead on it’s first night according to Variety set the all-time cable record premiere, Nielsen figured that about 10.1 million viewers in the 18-49 tuned in the premiere on Sunday night. The record for the premiere was previously held by Better Call Saul on the same network.
While watching the show it is interesting to think what the original show characters are doing, like Glenn was probably delivering pizzas, Maggie and Beth were helping Hershel, Carl was probably not staying in the house.
Fear the Walking Dead airs on Sundays on AMC at 9pm EST.