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t seems switching the location from Atlanta to Los Angeles isn’t the only change The Walking Dead spin-off has in store. Last week, The Walking Dead creatorRobert Kirkman hinted that the spin-off would be “very different,” and now we may know why.

The folks over at Bleeding Coolclaim to have gotten their hands on the script for the pilottemporarily entitled Fear the Walking Dead. (AMC had no comment on the authenticity of this leaked script.) If you don’t want to know any more about the possible premise of the spin-off, it’s best if you stop reading here. What follows isn’t exactly spoiler-filled, but you’ve been warned!

You’ll remember that the original pilot of The Walking Dead has our hero, Rick Grimes, waking up from a coma. In the time he was out, zombies have taken over the world and he has to figure out where he is, what went wrong, and how to find his family. But what happened in all the time Rick was comatose? That’s the time period that will allegedly be covered in the spin-off. In other words, we’re about to jump back in time to see how the world handled the zombie crisis while Rick was sleeping.

That would mean a lot of panic control from the C.D.C. and a lot of, well, panic from our everyday heroes. In one excerpt from the pilot, a C.D.C. representative says the following:

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Given that we already know the rules of this world (and have seen a zombie movie or two), we know this information is dead wrong. It would be interesting (andsomewhat familiar) to see how the show depicts national institutions and politicians struggling (and failing) to control panic and an impending apocalypse. But this is bad news for fans of the deeply decayed zombies on The Walking Dead. This series will be dealing with fresher meat.
Given that we already know the rules of this world (and have seen a zombie movie or two), we know this information is dead wrong. It would be interesting (andsomewhat familiar) to see how the show depicts national institutions and politicians struggling (and failing) to control panic and an impending apocalypse. But this is bad news for fans of the deeply decayed zombies on The Walking Dead. This series will be dealing with fresher meat.

But that’s just the alleged premise of the show. As for the human faces on this particular crisis,Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly:

I will say that this is going to be a show about family. But it’s going to be a show about a different type of family that we haven’t explored in The Walking Deadthus far.

That family, played by Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Cliff Curtis(Training Day), Frank Dillane(Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (The 100), are already quite dysfunctional in the Fear the Walking Dead script. Meaning their problems pre-date the zombie outbreak. Could we wind up seeing the reverse of The Walking Dead, which has shown us so many families torn apart in the face of disaster? If this family is already broken, could a zombie apocalypse be just the thing to bring them all together? It’s certainly cheaper than therapy.

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