AMC conducted their Television Critics Association presentation yesterday where they used the opportunity to announce that they have already ordered a second season of their yet to premiere spin-off series “Fear the Walking Dead”.
The network has picked up the show for a further fifteen episodes, a big step up from the initial season order of just six episodes which will commence airing on August 23rd.
The first season is set during the month-long period when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) was in a coma in the pilot episode of “The Walking Dead”. Show runner Dave Erickson confirms to The Live Feed that we will NOT see the cause of the outbreak, and the series will not rush forward to ‘catch-up’ with the mother show. In fact the first season takes place only over a three-week period:
“By the end of season one, we know the world has changed; it is the end of the world as we know it but we aren’t at the same place we were when Rick woke up in Georgia. By time we end season one, there’s still a window of time and exploration that we have some real estate left. We come to realize things have changed but there’s still the whole world … [they’re] still insulated of the greater truth of what’s going on. Part of what we’ll explore in season two is that very thing. Will we look for next sanctuary and battle our way into it? That’s not something I’ll explore in season two.”
The network has also scheduled a November 15th premiere date for its martial-arts series “Into the Badlands,” and have ordered the Wild West-themed docudrama series “The West” which Robert Redford will produce for airing in 2016.