Fear the Walking Dead Will Create Another Rick/Shane Dynamic, Won't Have a 'Big Bad'

Monday, 18 May 2015 - 10:43AM
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Monday, 18 May 2015 - 10:43AM
Fear the Walking Dead Will Create Another Rick/Shane Dynamic, Won't Have a 'Big Bad'
Fear the Walking Dead has already gone to great lengths to convince us that it's different from The Walking Dead, but apparently it will be slightly more similar to the early seasons of its parent show. According to showrunner Dave Erickson, he wants to construct a "novel each season" with its own themes and ideas, but without a Governor-esque "Big Bad."

"The goal for us - it's not difference for difference's sake because it works beautifully on The Walking Dead and Sons [of Anarchy, which Erickson also worked on] was very similar: we introduced a new villain each season and that became the main rail. What's interesting to me is to try to internalize it as much as possible and create more of a Shane-Rick dynamic. That's where I find the most interesting problem and I find things more compelling... We have ideas for villains but the idea is to fracture from within and build out from that rather than having an external antagonist per season who comes in and shakes things up."

This will be good news to some but not to others; I personally think that the first two seasons of The Walking Dead, which focused on the complicated interpersonal dynamics between the survivors, were stronger artistically than the later seasons, which employ more standard horror and action tropes. But many fans are of the opinion that the first two seasons were boring compared to the rest of the series, so it might not be too wise for Erickson to admit that.

However, even the most die-hard fan of The Walking Dead would probably admit that the "survivors find a safe haven just to have the rug ripped out from under them" pattern is getting a little repetitive, and Erickson insists that the spin-off will avoid this pitfall: "The pattern that we don't want to do is arriving at the new safe haven and then depending on the safe haven. It works beautifully in the comic book - and there's always going to be the survival element - but we have some ideas that are going to give us, in terms of location and structure, an opportunity to do a movie a season. The idea is to make it as specific and to internalize the drama as much as possible. The thing is to avoid is having it feel like a copycat. The last thing it should feel like is The Walking Dead: L.A."

Fear the Walking Dead has no specific release date yet, but is expected to air on AMC sometime this summer.
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