Right now, ‘The Walking Dead’ prequel spinoff is pretty much a mystery — the short teasers have revealed nothing and the cast isn’t talking. However, the showrunner just gave his first interview giving us a tiny bit of a clue about what to expect.
A family drama about zombies? Well, that’s not what we were expecting. Showrunner Dave Erikson just revealed that the show, which is a prequel series to AMC’s The Walking Dead, will actually focus on character development within the family and community, and not just primarily on those walking dead guys.
“Ultimately, it’s a family drama,” Dave told Entertainment Weekly about the show hitting AMC in August. “One of the things that Robert [Kirkman] and I discussed from the very beginning was, we’re starting a little earlier in the apocalypse. And what that allowed us to do in the pilot and season one is establish our core family, establish the problems and the conflicts that they have, and really let that be the initial world that we live in. And we layer in the onset of the apocalypse, we layer in our first walkers, but it’s really an effort to exacerbate the problems that already exist with Kim Dickens’ character and Cliff Curtis’ character and their sort of dysfunctional blended family. It’s really filtering the apocalypse through that.”
Here’s what we do know: Alycia Debnam-Carey plays Alicia, a hard working teen. Kim Dickens plays Madison, a widowed guidance counselor who’s dating Travis, a high school teacher, played by Cliff Curtis. Alicia is Madison’s daughter. Needless to say, we can assume from the very short details that this will definnitely be dramatic — and of course, in The Walking Dead-form, bloody and scary.
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— Emily Longeretta