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Fear the Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson for AMC. It is a spin-off to The Walking Dead, which is based on the comic book series of the same name by Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The first three seasons serve as a prequel, focusing on a blended family who experience the start of the zombie apocalypse. Subsequent seasons run concurrently to the original show, with Morgan Jones (Lennie James) from The Walking Dead crossing over into the series.
The series features a large ensemble cast, originally led by Kim Dickens as Madison Clark, Cliff Curtis as Travis Manawa, Frank Dillane as Nicholas Clark, and Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark. Following a reboot with its fourth season, the series has been led by Lennie James as Morgan Jones. Other series regulars have included Colman Domingo, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Mercedes Mason, Garret Dillahunt, Danay Garcia, Austin Amelio, Daniel Sharman, Jenna Elfman, Dayton Callie, Maggie Grace, Christine Evangelista, Mo Collins, and Rubén Blades.
Fear the Walking Dead premiered on August 23, 2015. The current seventh season premiered on October 17, 2021. Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg serve as the showrunners since the fourth season, succeeding Erickson from the first three. In December 2021, the series was renewed for an eighth season. Initially set in Los Angeles, filming for the series has taken place in Los Angeles, Texas, Vancouver, Canada, and Mexico.
Set in Los Angeles, California and later in Mexico, the first three seasons of Fear the Walking Dead follow a dysfunctional, blended family composed of high school counselor Madison Clark, her English teacher fiancé Travis Manawa, her daughter Alicia, her drug addict son Nick, Travis' son from a previous marriage, Chris, Chris' mother Liza Ortiz, and others who join their group at the onset of the zombie apocalypse. They must reinvent themselves, learning new skills and adopting new attitudes in order to survive as civilization collapses around them.
The first season consists of six episodes. The second season, comprising 15 episodes, premiered on April 10, 2016. On April 15, 2016, AMC announced the series had been renewed for a 16-episode third season, which premiered on June 4, 2017. In April 2017, AMC renewed the series for a 16-episode fourth season and announced that Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg would replace the departing Dave Erickson as showrunners. The fourth season premiered on April 15, 2018. On July 28, 2018, the series was renewed for a fifth season, which premiered on June 2, 2019. On July 19, 2019, the series was renewed for a sixth season, which premiered on October 11, 2020. On December 3, 2020, the series was renewed for a seventh season, which premiered on October 17, 2021.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||6||August 23, 2015||October 4, 2015|
|2||15||April 10, 2016||October 2, 2016|
|3||16||June 4, 2017||October 15, 2017|
|4||16||April 15, 2018||September 30, 2018|
|5||16||June 2, 2019||September 29, 2019|
|6||16||October 11, 2020||June 13, 2021|
|7||16||October 17, 2021||June 5, 2022|
As of June 5, 2022, 101 episodes of Fear the Walking Dead have aired.
|Title||Writer(s)||Director(s)||Original Air Date||U.S. Viewers|
|Adam Davidson||August 23, 2015||10.13 million|
|2.||"So Close, Yet So Far"||Marco Ramirez||Adam Davidson||August 30, 2015||8.18 million|
|3.||"The Dog"||Jack LoGiudice||Adam Davidson||September 13, 2015||7.19 million|
|4.||"Not Fade Away"||Meaghan Oppenheimer||Kari Skogland||September 20, 2015||6.62 million|
|5.||"Cobalt"||David Wiener||Kari Skogland||September 27, 2015||6.66 million|
|6.||"The Good Man"||Robert Kirkman
|Stefan Schwartz||October 4, 2015||6.86 million|
|Title||Writer(s)||Director(s)||Original Air Date||U.S. Viewers|
|1.||"Monster"||Dave Erickson||Adam Davidson||April 10, 2016||6.67 million|
|2.||"We All Fall Down"||Kate Barnow
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|Adam Davidson||April 17, 2016||5.58 million|
|3.||"Ouroboros"||Alan Page||Stefan Schwartz||April 24, 2016||4.73 million|
|4.||"Blood in the Streets"||Kate Erickson||Michael Uppendahl||May 1, 2016||4.80 million|
|5.||"Captive"||Carla Ching||Craig Zisk||May 8, 2016||4.41 million|
|6.||"Sicut Cervus"||Brian Buckner||Kate Dennis||May 15, 2016||4.49 million|
|7.||"Shiva"||David Wiener||Andrew Bernstein||May 22, 2016||4.39 million|
|8.||"Grotesque"||Kate Barnow||Daniel Sackheim||August 21, 2016||3.86 million|
|9.||"Los Muertos"||Alan Page||Deborah Chow||August 28, 2016||3.66 million|
|10.||"Do Not Disturb"||Lauren Signorino||Michael McDonough||September 4, 2016||2.99 million|
|11.||"Pablo & Jessica"||Kate Erickson||Uta Briesewitz||September 11, 2016||3.40 million|
|12.||"Pillar of Salt"||Carla Ching||Gerardo Naranjo||September 18, 2016||3.62 million|
|13.||"Date of Death"||Brian Buckner||Christoph Schrewe||September 25, 2016||3.49 million|
|14.||"Wrath"||Kate Barnow||Stefan Schwartz||October 2, 2016||3.67 million|
|15.||"North"||Dave Erickson||Andrew Bernstein||October 2, 2016||3.05 million|
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Cast and Characters
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|Kim Dickens||Madison Clark||1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8||Alive||An intelligent and domineering guidance counselor, the mother of Nick and Alicia, and Travis' fiancée.|
|Cliff Curtis||Travis Manawa||1, 2, 3||Dead||A resolute and peacekeeping high school teacher, Madison's fiancé, Chris' father, and Liza's ex-husband.|
|Frank Dillane||Nicholas Clark||1, 2, 3, 4||Dead||A brave recovering heroin addict, Madison's son, and Alicia's brother.|
|Alycia Debnam-Carey||Alicia Clark||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7||Unknown||The fiery yet compassionate daughter of Madison, and Nick's sister.|
|Elizabeth Rodriguez||Elizabeth Ortiz||1, 2||Dead||A no-nonsense and caring nursing student, Travis' ex-wife, and Chris' mother.|
|Mercedes Mason||Ofelia Salazar||1, 2, 3||Dead||The strong-willed and capable daughter of Daniel and his wife Griselda.|
|Lorenzo Henrie||Christopher Manawa||1, 2||Dead||Travis and Liza's rebellious teenage son, who becomes more brutal due to the landscape of the deadly new world.|
|Rubén Blades||Daniel Salazar||1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8||Alive||A courageous and pragmatic former Sombra Negra member, a barber, Griselda's husband, and Ofelia's father.|
|Colman Domingo||Victor Strand||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Alive||A smart and sophisticated conman-turned-businessman, who forms friendships with the Clark family.|
|Michelle Ang||Alex||2||Unknown||A pragmatic and quiet survivor introduced in the Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 web series.|
|Danay Garcia||Luciana Galvez||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Alive||A strong and cautious former member of the La Colonia community in Tijuana, Mexico, and Nick's girlfriend.|
|Daniel Sharman||Troy Otto||3||Dead||The charismatic and impulsive son of Jeremiah, and Jake's half-brother.|
|Sam Underwood||Jake Otto||3||Dead||Jeremiah's moralistic and wiser son, Troy's half-brother, and Alicia's love interest.|
|Dayton Callie||Jeremiah Otto||2, 3||Dead||The racist and candid leader of Broke Jaw Ranch, and Jake and Troy's father.|
|Lisandra Tena||Lola Guerrero||3||Dead||The generous and empathetic leader of a community stationed at a dam located in Tijuana, who is responsible for supplying water.|
|Maggie Grace||Althea Szewczyk-Przygocki||4, 5, 6, 7||Unknown||A curious and tactical journalist who encounters Morgan and John.|
|Garret Dillahunt||John Dorie||4, 5, 6||Dead||A lonesome and friendly police officer whom Morgan encounters.|
|Lennie James||Morgan Jones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Alive||A lonesome pragmatic man, formerly a part of Rick Grimes' group on The Walking Dead, who encounters the core group of survivors and leads a pacifist agenda.|
|Jenna Elfman||June Dorie||4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Alive||A kind and mysterious nurse whom Madison encounters.|
|Alexa Nisenson||Charlie||4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Alive||A young girl who is a spy for the Vultures until she defected to Morgan's group.|
|Karen David||Grace Mukherjee||5, 6, 7, 8||Alive||A woman who worked at a nuclear power plant that melted down near the site where the plane of Morgan's group crashed.|
|Austin Amelio||Dwight||5, 6, 7, 8||Alive||A ruthless and reluctant former lieutenant of the Saviors, who was exiled from Virginia by Rick Grimes' group on The Walking Dead.|
|Mo Collins||Sarah Rabinowitz||4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Alive||The adoptive sister of Wendell and a former Marine.|
|Colby Hollman||Wes||5, 6, 7||Dead||A nihilistic painter who allies with Morgan's group.|
|Zoe Colletti||Dakota||6||Dead||A member of the Pioneers who is Virginia's daughter.|
|Christine Evangelista||Sherry||5, 6, 7, 8||Alive||Dwight's long-missing ex-wife who fled across the country to Texas after escaping the Saviors.|
|Keith Carradine||John Dorie Sr.||6, 7||Dead||John's father who was also a police officer before the apocalypse.|
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 Fear the Walking Dead to series, with a two-season commitment. The series premiered on August 23, 2015.
In December 2014, the first four starring roles were cast: Kim Dickens as Madison Clark, the female lead; Cliff Curtis as Travis Manawa, the male lead; Frank Dillane as Nick; and Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia. In April and May 2015, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Mercedes Mason were announced as series regulars, both in unknown roles. In December 2015, it was announced that Colman Domingo was promoted to series regular.
In March 2017, it was revealed that Daniel Sharman joined the cast as a series regular. In April 2017, several new actors were announced having joined the series, including Dayton Callie (reprising his guest role from the second season) and Sam Underwood, who, along with Daniel Sharman play members of the Otto Family, and Lisandra Tena as Lola Guerrero.
In November 2017, it was confirmed that Lennie James who portrays Morgan Jones on The Walking Dead would crossover and join the main cast in the fourth season. The fourth season also sees the additions of several new series regulars, played by Garret Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman, and Maggie Grace.
In December 2018, it was reported that Rubén Blades, who last appeared in the series' third season, would return in the fifth season as Daniel Salazar. In January 2019, it was reported that Austin Amelio would join the cast as Dwight, who last appeared in the eighth season of The Walking Dead. In March 2019, it was announced that Karen David had joined the main cast for the fifth season as Grace. In December 2019, it was announced that Zoe Colletti would join the main cast for the sixth season as Dakota, and that Mo Collins and Colby Hollman were promoted to series regulars. In December 2021, it was announced that Kim Dickens would return as Madison Clark in the seventh season, after last appearing in the fourth season where her character was believed to have been killed off.
Paul Haslinger composed the score for the series in its first three seasons. After Dave Erickson left at the end of the third season of the series, the show underwent major changes with the fourth season taking on a semi-reboot approach. Haslinger was replaced by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans beginning with the fourth season. The original title card composed by Atticus Ross was also replaced.
Production of the pilot episode began in early 2015 and ended on February 6, 2015. The pilot and early episodes were filmed in Los Angeles, including Woodrow Wilson High School; 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 Baja California, Mexico. Locations included Rosarito (sea scenes and hotel) and Valle de Guadalupe (Abigail's vineyard). The sea scenes were filmed using a horizon tank at Baja Film Studios. An additional scene from the season one finale was filmed in The Sunken City, San Pedro, Los Angeles. Filming for the third season began on January 6, 2017, in Baja California, Mexico, with some of the same location sites used for the second half of season two. Additional locations in Tijuana Municipality included Avenida Revolución, Abelardo L. Rodríguez Dam and the hills that hosted the Otto's ranch.
Filming for the fourth season began in early 2018 in various locations around Austin, Texas, including the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium in nearby Round Rock, the vacant Brackenridge Hospital in downtown Austin, and the flood-damaged Onion Creek neighborhood. Filming for the fifth season began in December 2018. It was also confirmed by the showrunners that the season would be filmed in New Braunfels, Texas.
In March 2020, production for the sixth season was reported to have gone on a three-week hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On August 23, 2015, the series debuted simultaneously worldwide on: AMC in the U.S.; AMC Global in major regional markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East; and FX in Australia. Hulu holds the show's video on demand rights in the U.S., while Amazon Instant Video owns the streaming rights in Austria and Germany, and make episodes available online one day after their original airing. Streaming in the UK became available to Amazon Prime members in 2016.
|1||76% (63 reviews)||66 (33 reviews)|
|2||70% (30 reviews)||54 (12 reviews)|
|3||84% (6 reviews)||N/A|
|4||80% (6 reviews)||N/A|
|5||55% (9 reviews)||N/A|
|6||89% (9 reviews)||N/A|
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a rating of 76%, based on 63 reviews, whose average rating is 6.75/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Fear the Walking Dead recycles elements of its predecessor, but it's still moody and engrossing enough to compete with the original." On Metacritic, the season has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post rated the first two episodes three out of four stars, stating that "[They] are creepily suspenseful–they're great examples of how effective a slow pace and a moody atmosphere can be." Another positive review of the first episode came from Ken Tucker of Yahoo TV, who wrote, "Fear the Walking Dead is a mood piece, more artful than the original series" and that the cast is "terrific". Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "The 90-minute first episode and the hour-long second episode are, while not actually boring, certainly less magnetic than the original." Daniel Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall of HitFix reviewed the premiere episode, with Fienberg calling it "awful ... as bad as The Walking Dead has ever gotten at its very worst", while Sepinwall called his B− review "slightly generous".
The second season received mostly mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 70%, based on 30 reviews, whose average rating is 6.60/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Fear the Walking Dead sets sail in its sophomore season with an intriguing backdrop that doesn't always disguise its deficiencies in comparison to its predecessor." On Metacritic, the season has a score of 54 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
On Rotten Tomatoes, the third season has an approval rating of 84% based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 7.25/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A distinctive ensemble brings a compelling flavor of Fear the Walking Dead mythos, but this ambitious spinoff still shares its originator's penchant longwinded pacing that may diminish the tension for some viewers." In his season review for IGN, Matt Fowler gave it an 8.2 out of 10, writing, "Fear the Walking Dead more solidly found its tone and voice this season by embracing the arid landscape, ramping up the human-on-human conflict, and rallying around Kim Dickens' anti-hero mom, Madison, as the driving character", and it is now "a better series overall than The Walking Dead".
On Rotten Tomatoes, the fourth season has an approval rating of 80% based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 6.85/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Fear the Walking Dead shuffles onward confidently in its fourth season with a bevy of horrifying set-pieces and heartbreaking twists, but some viewers may be dispirited by the series' constant reshuffling of its characters." TVLine reevaluated the series for its fourth season, giving it a grade of a "B+". Reviewer Charlie Mason wrote, "it's gone from being an adequate stopgap between seasons of The Walking Dead to a show that's as good or arguably even better than the one from which it was spun off", stating that the season has had several genuine surprises in its storytelling.
The fifth season received mostly mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 55% based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 5.10/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Despite delivering some memorable and splatter-filled zombie set-pieces that fans crave, Fear the Walking Dead feels stiff with early-onset rigor mortis in a fifth season that emphasizes altruism over coherent characterization."
On Rotten Tomatoes, the sixth season has an approval rating of 89% based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 7.30/10.
The U.S. series premiere attracted 10.1 million total viewers, with 6.3 million in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic, both cable television records for a series premiere. Numerous international debuts of the pilot also set ratings records. The first season averaged 11.2 million viewers in "live plus-3" ratings (includes VOD and DVR viewing within three days after initial telecast) to become the highest-rated first season of any series in cable history.
Awards and Nominations
|2015||New Show You're Most Excited to See||Fear the Walking Dead||Winner|
|2016||Female Breakout Star||Alycia Debnam-Carey||Winner|
|2016||Best Horror Television Series||Fear the Walking Dead||Nominated|
|Best Actress on Television||Kim Dickens||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series||Frank Dillane||Nominated|
|2017||Best Horror Television Series||Fear the Walking Dead||Nominated|
|Best Actress on a Television Series||Kim Dickens||Nominated|
|Best Younger Actor on a Television Series||Alycia Debnam-Carey||Nominated|
|2018||Best Horror Television Series||Fear the Walking Dead||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series||Alycia Debnam-Carey||Nominated|
|Best Guest-Starring Performance on Television||Michael Greyeyes||Nominated|
|2019||Best Horror Television Series||Fear the Walking Dead||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series||Lennie James||Nominated|
|Best Guest-Starring Performance on a Television Series||Sydney Lemmon||Nominated|
|2021||Best Horror Television Series||Fear the Walking Dead||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series||Colby Minifie||Nominated|
|2018||Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode||Peter Crosman, Denise Gayle, Philip Nussbaumer, Martin Pelletier, Frank Ludica for "Sleigh Ride"||Nominated|
|2021||Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal or Animated Project||Frank Iudica, Scott Roark, Daniel J. Yates for "Bury Her Next to Jasper's Leg"||Winner|
A 16-part web series, Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462, was released from October 4, 2015 and March 26, 2016, on AMC.com; it also aired as promos during the sixth season of The Walking Dead. The web series depicts the outbreak's effect on a commercial airplane flight. Two of its characters, Alex (originally called Charlie in the web series) and Jake, are introduced in Fear the Walking Dead season 2, episode 3 ("Ouroboros").
A second 16-part web series debuted on October 17, 2016, and episodes were made available online weekly and aired as promos during the seventh season of The Walking Dead. The web series follows Sierra, a capable survivor, who helps an injured woman named Gabi as they try to find sanctuary. The series was written by Lauren Signorino and Mike Zunic, and directed by Andrew Bernstein.
In March 2021, AMC announced the digital spin-off series Dead in the Water: A Fear the Walking Dead Story, which is set aboard USS Pennsylvania and "tells the story of a submarine crew fighting for survival, cut off from the surface world just as the apocalypse hits, becoming a nuclear-fueled walker-filled death trap with no way out." The special stars Nick Stahl as Jason Riley and premiered on AMC+ on April 10, 2022.
The first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 1, 2015. A special edition version of the first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 22, 2016, with new bonus features, including deleted scenes, seven featurettes, and audio commentaries by cast and crew, on all six episodes. The second season, featuring audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and various behind-the-scene featurettes, was released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 13, 2016. The third season, featuring audio commentaries and deleted scenes, was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 13, 2018. The fourth season, featuring four audio commentaries, was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 5, 2019.
In July 2018, Mel Smith, the creator of the comic book series Dead Ahead, filed a lawsuit against AMC Studios charging that the second season of Fear the Walking Dead stole thematic elements from Dead Ahead, specifically a group of survivors attempting to flee a zombie apocalypse by a boat. The lawsuit also includes David Alpert, who was Smith's agent and who remains a business partner with Robert Kirkman, and who is one of the executive producers; Smith's lawsuit asserts that Alpert violated his fiduciary duty to protect Smith's interests when he began working on Fear. AMC attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed, stating that once one stripped out generic elements of the zombie genre, there were no further similarities between the works. In February 2019, judge Lucy Koh rejected this, believing that it would be necessary to have a discovery phase and expert testimony to evaluate AMC's stance.
In March 2019, AMC settled the lawsuit, details remained confidential.
- The first episode and exteriors were shot in Los Angeles, the rest of Season 1 was shot in Vancouver, Canada. Season 2 and Season 3 were primarily shot in Mexico and southern California. Season 4, Season 5, Season 6 and Season 7 were shot in Texas. Season 8 will be shot in Savannah, Georgia.
- As opposed to using the 16mm cameras used in the Original TV Series, Fear the Walking Dead is shot digitally.
- Cobalt was the original placeholder name for Fear the Walking Dead.