The Walking Dead spinoff doesn’t even air until the end of August, but Fear The Walking Dead has already been picked up for a second season. The first season will consist of only six episodes—the second? 15. That’s a lot of faith that AMC is putting into the franchise.
Deadline reports that the news broke at a TCA panel today where the show’s creative team showed clips of the first season’s third episode and talked about what the show would be like and whether it’d have a Walking Dead crossover (not planned yet, sorry):
The LA-set Fear The Walking Dead centers on a blended and often broken family of school teachers in the early days of what would become the zombie apocalypse. Filmed in the City of Angels and Vancouver, the companion series takes place roughly during the four-week time period that The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes was unconscious in the hospital. While a backstory of sorts to the first season of the five-season-old blockbuster, AMC boss Charlie Collier on Friday made a point of callingFear TWD a “stand-alone series.”
What this means, of course, is that even if you haven’t actually watched the original show (or read the comics, or played the excellent video game) that you’ll still be able to enjoy the spinoff series. Think about it: soon you’ll be able to participate in conversations about TV without any fear that you have five seasons of stuff to catch up on. Of course, if this show is even half as good as the original, there’s a good chance you’ll take a few days off to watch all five seasons anyway.