‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Gets Season 2 Episode Number, Link to Main Series

By August 1, 2015

With the first season of “Fear the Walking Dead” debuting in just a matter of weeks, we’ve now learned more about what it will be like when it debuts its second season.

According to Deadline, at the Television Critics’ Association press event today, AMC announced that the show’s second season will consist of 15 episodes. The first season debuts with a 90-minute premiere on Sunday, August 23rd, and will consist of six episodes total for its first year — the same number of episodes that kicked off “The Walking Dead’s” first season in 2010. The event also helped us learn that “Fear” will take place in the roughly four-week period that Rick Grimes was comatose before waking up in the transformed world, where he was abandoned in the hospital and left to discover the horror that had overtaken society for himself.

Two clips were shown at the TCA that emphasize the lack of preparedness people in the Los Angeles area have for the onslaught of the zombie apocalypse, emphasizing the fundamental differences between the relatively expansive and isolated setting of the main series, and what it’s like to be caught in a major metropolitan area as the zombie virus just begins to take hold. In a weird way, though, the showrunners describe how the characters are still somewhat isolated from what’s taking place, simply because they don’t know the specifics of what’s happening, why it’s happening, or how people can best protect themselves from the flesh-eating hordes.

While the showrunners confirmed that there are no current plans for a crossover with the main series, they seemed to tease that there will be an Easter egg present in the first season that will set that possibility up for the future. As of right now, we don’t know exactly how committed to the L.A. area the spin-off show will be, or if the characters will try to seek refuge in another part of the country.

We’ll likely start to discover these answers and more when “Fear the Walking Dead” makes its debut on AMC later this month. For more on these shows as new takes place, shamble on over here to GeekNation!

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