Fear the Walking Dead Took Inspiration from Real-Life Epidemics, Including Ebola

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 - 2:31PM
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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 - 2:31PM
Fear the Walking Dead Took Inspiration from Real-Life Epidemics, Including Ebola
Zombie apocalypse narratives have long been used to craft allegories for modern society, and The Walking Dead is no exception. But where The Walking Dead serves as a commentary on xenophobia and the perils of tyrannical leadership, the upcoming spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead, will explore a different social issue entirely. According to executive producer Greg Nicotero, Fear the Walking Dead will draw parallels to real-life epidemics, including the recent Ebola crisis.

First, he hinted that the show will explore the ways in which information travels in today's society, which makes sense, as it takes place at the beginning of the zombie epidemic: "What's important in the spin-off is how people react to it. It really is a fascinating statement on current society, because we get most of our information from our iPads and our phones. There have been things that have been happening in recent years … When you hear stories like that, about a guy who attacked someone and bit their face off, imagine how we reacted to that news story at the time," he told Melty

Then, he clarified that it will also explore the potentially disastrous consequences of an individual's decision on a global scale: "Even in the U.S., there was a nurse who was working in Africa and who came back to the United States and refused to go into quarantine for Ebola. So I think about stories like that and I go: 'Wow, maybe that could have been the beginning, or maybe this could have been the beginning.' In a TV show like 'Fear The Walking Dead,' you get to ask those same questions," said Nicotero.

So there you have it. Hopefully the show will also touch on themes of privilege, particularly regarding which groups tend to get treatment first in a crisis (although, is there a treatment? Who knows). But at least Nicotero's comments show that Fear the Walking Dead is aware of the social climate in which it will air, and will engage with it accordingly.

Via Christian Post.
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