WASHINGTON, August 30, 2015 – Last Sunday’s premiere of “Fear the Walking Dead” broke plenty of cable records for a series launch bringing in record numbers in both adults 18-49 (6.3 million) and total viewers (10.13 million).
Nielsen revised in Live+3 (three days’ worth of time-shifted viewing) numbers increased that to 8.5 million adults 18-49 and 13.3 million viewers overall.
Episode 2 of Robert Kirkman The Walking Dead spinoff will be titled “So Close, Yet So Far” and will pick up at the end of episode 1 where we see Nick’s friend, and dealer, killed, and killed again. Only to get up and keep on coming.
Travis (Cliff Curtis), Madison Clarke (Kim Dickens) and Nick Clark (Frank Dillane – who shares a scary resemblance to a youthful Johnny Depp) are so far at the epicenter of the show. 18 year-old Nick is a junkie and he encounters his first Zombie in the shooters den – when he tries to tell his mom what he saw, they think it was just drug induced hallucinations.
By the end of last week’s show, they were fully convinced that something very wrong is going on but are still very sure that it is a “bug” – an undead bug, maybe, but a bug.
At the center of FTWD is the family unit that combines both adults and children from two families into one. Nick, the heroin addict, gets little purchase from Christopher, whose father has left to live with his new family – despite the fact that Christopher is the “better” child.
Travis and Madison are determined to leave L.A. in a bid to avoid infection but its doubtful they will be able to do that as Nick is in the process of withdrawal, and once again, missing. Nick is Madison’s achilles heel. In episode one we see her struggling with the idea of just letting him go.
And this is one of the geniuses of Kirkman’s stories. While the Zombies are exciting and fun for the viewer, the real story is the people struggling with their “lives”, as messy as they are, while in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse.
Then there is the fact that Travis has a a son Chris Manawa (Lorenzo James Henrie), with Liza Ortez (Elizabeth Rodriguez) that also need to be convinced to leaveblog.
“While Madison struggles to keep Nick from a crippling withdrawal, Travis ventures out to find his son before the city of Los Angeles falls.” – official synopsis
Episode 2 promises new characters with the introduction of the Salazars: Daniel (Rubén Blades), Griselda (Patricia Reyes Spíndola) and their daughter, Ofelia (Mercedes Mason). Griselda, having immigrated to the US from El Salvador has instilled in her family the survival skills they will need and they help Travis, Liza, and Chris out in a time of need and may provide the survival skills that Travis and his two families lack.
The bets are being wagered as to who will be the first to die on Fear The Walking Dead. While junkie Nick is a logical choice, the reality is he is a key player here; so that leaves expendable Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and her boyfriend, Matt (Maestro Harrell).
At the end of the first episode, Matt is missing, failing to meet Alicia on Venice Beach, Her quest to find him in a city turning Zombie do not bode well for one, or both, of them. We also need an event to bring out the “mama bear” in Madison and toss her into protective mode.
Another Zombie nugget from EW is that AMC is producing a half-hour special that will tell:
“A stand-alone story following a group of passengers facing a walker attack on an airline while in flight. One character who survives that encounter will then join the cast of Fear the Walking Dead in season 2.”
Fear The Walking Dead has a six-episode run this summer, with a 15-episode season already greenlighted for 2016.
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