Fear the Walking Dead's Showrunner Answers Questions About the Premiere!
The Fear the Walking Dead premiere just wrapped up on the east coast and fans are buzzing about The Walking Dead companion series.
Showrunner Dave Erickson talked with THR about the premiere and about some of the questions viewers may have! Here’s what he shared (spoiler alert):
On the virus that causes humans to become walkers: “I had some big-swing pitches when Robert and I first sat down and I pitched an origin story with patient zero and he listened and just said, ‘Yeah, no. That’s not what the show is.’ There are certain things we will not have: we will never know the cause, the cure and the likelihood of Walking Dead 1 and Walking Dead 2 stories conflating is slim to none at best. That is something that has been explored in any given number of films in the genre. I can’t share what my causes were because I may go back to them — if I’m still alive in five seasons, I may try to return to it if I can get Robert in a state of mind where he’s open to such a thing. But there’s a news article from few years ago that gave me an idea that I thought would have been a nice starting point but I can save that for another show.”
On what they will call the walkers: “Right now, playing off of the idea that they think this is viral and something you can catch that’s transmitted, they start to call them ‘the infected,’ which is a nod to 28 Days Later. We don’t get into a place in the story where they’re going to start throwing names. Whether it’s biters, roamers or walkers, our characters in season one still think these people are human and sick for a big chunk of time. ‘Infected’ made story sense for us and as things evolve, we’ll come up with new names.”
To find out more, visit THR!