Cobalt Pilot Script Leaks, Will Serve as a Prequel to The Walking Dead
Cobalt's pilot script was leaked online and is already drawing comparisons to Gotham, as it will serve as something of a prequel to The Walking Dead. While the parent series primarily portrays a post-apocalyptic society, the leaked script first unearthed by Bleeding Cool shows that Cobalt will depict a recognizable society teetering on the brink of collapse.
Spoilers for the Cobalt pilot follow!
We won't include any direct excerpts, as a letter from Rainbow Media's attorneys confirm that this is an unauthorized leak, but we'll give you the general gist. Where The Walking Dead skipped ahead to a time when walkers were a part of everyday life, the infection is just beginning in the Cobalt pilot, which will be aptly titled "Fear the Walking Dead." The walkers are not known to a large portion of the population, and many who do know of the infection are in denial about the severity of what's happening. The idea that the walkers are literally "walking dead" is dismissed as a crazy rumor at first, with experts insisting that it's just a disease that afflicts the living.
So the differences between The Walking Dead and Cobalt are comparable to the differences between 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later: the former shows a small group of survivors learning to adapt to a fallen, post-apocalyptic world, while the latter zooms outward a bit, showing the government and military's efforts to contain the pandemic. The central family of Cobalt will reportedly also be more dysfunctional from the outset than Rick, Lori, and Carl; as Bleeding Cool put it, "Rick's family were [sic] torn apart, this family are [sic] there from the beginning." The family will be 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).
It will be interesting to watch, as the audience knows the ending far before the characters do. We know their world is headed for a devastating collapse, it's just a matter of watching them get there. This could be even more affecting than The Walking Dead in some ways, as their lives are more relatable. There's even a scene that shows kids watching the zombie apocalypse on their iPads.
Cobalt is set to premiere during the 2015-2016 television season, while The Walking Dead returns from midseason hiatus on February 8.