Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman already told us about the main characters on Fear the Walking Dead and how they’ll differ from the ones on the original series. He also told us how the new program is set much earlier, in order to show us the outbreak as it happens. But there’s one other major difference between the two incarnations: where each one takes place.
While the original Walking Dead began in Georgia and is now in Virginia, Fear will be set across the country in Los Angeles. “Los Angeles is such an interesting city in and of itself, just because of the vast melting pot of diversity that California has become,” says Kirkman. “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. But also, this is a city where a vast number of people come to the city to reinvent themselves, or they’re new to the city for various different reasons. It’s almost a city of immigrants inside a country of immigrants. So there’s definitely some aspects of that we’ll also be playing with as well.”
Does that more urban environment mean that Fear will eschew the filming in the woods that’s become so prominent on the original series? According to Kirkman, the answer is yes. “Yeah, we’ll definitely be spending a lot less time in the woods,” he says. “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.”
You heard the man: zero woods! That big difference should help Fear forge its own separate identity when it launches in August, which will be necessary if AMC wants both zombie dramas to succeed and not infect viewers with walker overload. Now we’ll just have to wait and see how “street smart” these new zombies actually are.
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