The Major Difference Between Fear The Walking Dead And The Walking Dead

Although we don’t know a ton about AMC’s new zombiepocalypse series Fear The Walking Dead, we do know a few juicy tidbits about the TWD spinoff. Namely, instead of being set in the American south, the series will be set on the West Coast, and will feature a slew of new characters. Now, comic book writer Robert Kirkman says there will be one major difference between Fear The Walking Dead and AMC’s original zombie drama: namely, it will be set in an extremely urban environment, which means we won’t have to see the cast members constantly traipsing through the woods.

Yeah, we’ll definitely be spending a lot less time in the woods I can say I think we’re not in the woods at all. Yeah, I am pretty sure we are in zero woods this season.

While the woods in Georgia are super attractive, I think most fans of The Walking Dead get tired of all of the shots of the group wandering through a sea of trees over and over again. Sure, these shots have been broken up by settings like Hershel’s farm, Woodbury, the prison and the Alexandria Safe-Zone, but among all of those locations, there have been trees, trees and more trees.

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And while Los Angeles actually features more trees than a lot of other immense cities, there’s a reason it is sometimes referred to as a concrete jungle, and it looks as if Fear The Walking Dead wants to make great use of that landscape.

Kirkman also goes on to tell EW a little more about the “urban sprawl,” a.k.a Los Angeles, that will be the focus in Fear The Walking Dead, noting that it is the dense number of people that should lead to some interesting storylines.

The urban sprawl—it covers a tremendous amount of land, and it’s got an extremely dense population, so there are a lot of things about that that lend itself well to good storytelling in the zombie apocalypse.

So, not only will there be zero woods, there will also be more people to contend with, which could lead to pros and cons regarding survival for our new heroes and heroines. Especially, since we already know that Fear The Walking Dead will cover different timelines than The Walking Dead, giving us glimpses into the start of the outbreak on the West Coast, although we could eventually see the timelines on the two shows line up a little closer. The first season will only consist of six episodes, so we’ll have to wait and see exactly how the early episodes of the drama will pan out.

Fear The Walking Dead has been widely expected to premiere later this summer, but with that in mind, we haven’t even seen a full trailer for the spinoff series yet. While we wait, you can check out what we know about the upcoming drama, or take a look at what else will be hitting the schedule this summer.

Jessica Rawden
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