To Live and Not Die in LA: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ on AMC

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6: 12 EW exclusive photos.

Since 2003, when the first issue of the comic-book series “The Walking Dead” appeared, zombies have stalked most of the waking hours of Robert Kirkman – though in a good way. LOS ANGELES — Here on the set of the new prequel “Fear the Walking Dead,” a mother, her son and her boyfriend are crammed together in the cab of a beat-up Ford truck, terrified that something’s not quite right in their city.The Walking Dead may not rear its ugly, zombified head until October but AMC has already revealed new cast members and their roles in the undead drama.If there’s one thing we learned last season on The Walking Dead, it’s that when Carol Peletier offers you cookies, you take them… because you may not like the other option she has in mind.

Follow the hashtag #50Scoops50Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest, and check EW.com/50Scoops50Days for all the news and surprises. His son, Carl Grimes, accidentally gets shot in the head by an Alexandrian who is shooting haphazardly at a huge herd of zombies that have invaded the community.

Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus grace the newest cover of Entertainment Weekly as we infiltrate Alexandria to get all the inside scoop on season 6 of The Walking Dead—a season that looks to feature drama on both sides of the wall. It was announced at Comic-Con in San Diego that Ethan Embry and Merritt Wever would be joining the cast, but no other details were given on whom they would be playing. The new show, the subject of an article in Arts & Leisure on Sunday, is not your typical spin-off, as it will feature completely new characters and a different locale than the flagship show. Lincoln and Reedus were behind McBride and Lincoln started laughing and was unable to maintain any actor composure in front of photographer Dan Winters’ camera.

A lot of characters that you didn’t see having beef are starting to have beef—there’s a lot of mistrust.” Ultimately, it comes down to what Lincoln says is, “them and us. Denise plays a major role in season 6 as the surgeon in town, who takes over for Pete after his death at the hands of Rick at the conclusion of season 5. And spinoffs that share none of the same characters or aren’t variations of the tried-and-true police procedural format are exceedingly rare in TV history. “If this one works, it’s going to be a first in my television experience,” said Tim Brooks, a former executive at NBC, USA Networks and Lifetime Television, and the co-author of “The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present.” Kim Dickens (“Deadwood,” “Treme”) plays Madison, a high school guidance counselor and single mother of two teenagers, one a drug addict (Nick, played by Frank Dillane) and the other a seeming golden child (Alicia, played by Alycia Debnam-Carey).

According to Entertainment Weekly he’s been a resident of Alexandria since before Rick and co. showed up, but he just was super busy or something and we didn’t see him before. Gimple] up and went, ‘You know, I say them and they, and us and we a lot.” He said, ‘That’s your journey, from them to us.’” It’s a journey that will complicated by the presence of both Wolves and walkers, and will also jump around in terms of time, starting with the Oct. 11 season premiere. “We do play with time a little bit,” says executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the premiere. “And not in a traditional sense. The duo was first to discover the DC Scavengers, which is believed to be the comic book counterpart of The Wolves on the series. “He’s terrific and I’m so excited to see him bring Heath to life,” Gimple said of Hawkins. But he has a disaffected teenage son of his own, who wants no part of this new, jury-rigged family as he remains with his mother (Elizabeth Rodriguez of “Orange Is the New Black”). “It’s very much about two parents who are trying to bring everybody under one roof and protect them,” the showrunner, Dave Erickson, said over breakfast in Los Angeles in mid-July. “The new threat just happens to be zombies.” The infected don’t look like decaying monsters yet. No one’s gonna see this!’” “After a little investigating, we realized Reedus had been trying to hold Lincoln’s hand in the photos behind McBride’s back.

Denise’s role as a medic becomes critical in the community of Alexandria after the death of Pete, and in the comic her skills as a surgeon prove pivotal, especially after a ghastly injury incurred by one of the main characters—an injury which may or may not happen on the TV version. I’d even entertained the idea of doing a second comic-book series briefly at a few different points, but at the end of the day, I didn’t want to hand over the world to another writer.

It’s not all Rick’s fault, of course—the Alexandrians made some really bad calls themselves—but he mismanaged his own role and his group’s role in making the settlement secure. Reedus knows how to make a great picture and also likes to give great imagery to his fans, so I asked the trio if we could shoot them from behind, and then I told Melissa McBride to turn her head towards the camera. Gimple cautions it will not involve the origins of the community (like last year with Terminus). “It’s earlier in Alexandria,” says Gimple of the flashbacks, “but not the beginning of Alexandria.

Erickson deadpanned. “Your first impulse is to help them, and then short of that, to run,” he added. “It isn’t to pick up a handy weapon and bludgeon them to death and crush their skull.” A coming apocalypse was familiar terrain for Mr. Everyone needs a cheeky Norman Reedus.” Check out the “before” picture below and click on the “ENLARGE PHOTO” tab on the “after” picture up top to see it in all its butt-grabbing glory. It was Dave Erickson coming on to craft the pilot with me and, y’know, be the showrunner of this whole endeavor that really brought what I’d come up with to life. Kirkman called “Five Year.” The elevator pitch: There’s a meteor coming, you know you have five years until it hits, what do you do with your time before the world ends?

It’s already been announced that Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) will be playing a character named Heath from the comic who is a supply-runner for the town (and one who becomes romantically linked to Denise in the original source material), but we’ve got an exclusive new photo for you above. As you craft this new show, how are you balancing the audience’s expectations for familiar “Walking Dead” trappings with pushing into new creative territory?

The Los Angeles setting allows us to do all sorts of cool things and the fact that some many people come to California to restart their lives or reinvent themselves is a big part of that. Kirkman in his comic-book series, with the same rules governing the type of zombies (the lumbering kind) and how to kill them (stabbing, shooting or smashing them in the head).

The response: None. “I feel better that way,” she said on a break between scenes on a Sunday in mid-July, fake blood applied to the left side of her face, neck and jacket. “I don’t want it in my head, any sort of idea of what it should look like, the apocalypse, or the monsters, or the infected, or the world itself. Side-characters very rarely make it as part of the core group, so even though some or all of these new additions could survive the season I wouldn’t bet money on it. It seems extremely likely that Alexandria itself falls within the first half (or by the midseason finale) of Season 6, and that sort of defeat won’t bode well for survivors. (How many bit parts from the prison survived that mess? After all, the television landscape is dotted with plenty of well-wrought character dramas that do not draw in excess of 20 million viewers every week. Most spinoffs feature a character from the original (“Frasier” out of “Cheers,” or “Better Call Saul” from AMC’s own “Breaking Bad”) or are clones of police procedurals (“N.C.I.S.: Los Angeles”), not a serialized character drama.

That’s the tougher part.” Having already given the go-ahead for a second season of 15 or 16 episodes, AMC appears confident about the show’s prospects.

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