The Walking Dead to Air Prequel Zombie Airliner Attack That Introduces a New Spin-Off Character

Friday, 28 August 2015 - 12:27PM
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Friday, 28 August 2015 - 12:27PM
The Walking Dead to Air Prequel Zombie Airliner Attack That Introduces a New Spin-Off Character
Fear the Walking Dead just broke all the ratings records for its premiere last Sunday, so it doesn't seem like AMC needs to worry too much about hype. But they're doing an elaborate (and kind of confusing) tie-in with The Walking Dead anyway, as EW reports that TWD will air a standalone prequel special that will take place during Fear's continuity, and will introduce a character who will join the cast of the spin-off.

The as-yet-untitled special will feature a zombie airliner attack, which won't feature any characters we recognize. It will take place in the very beginning of the zombie apocalypse (it would have to, I suppose, if people are still getting on planes), and every single character will be killed off except for one, who will then join the second season of Fear the Walking Dead.

The special will be half an hour long in total, and will debut online, but will also air in installments during The Walking Dead's commercial breaks. I know they want to tie Fear the Walking Dead with its parent show in order to take advantage of TWD's insane fan base, but this seems like a super convoluted way to do it.

There are also many unanswered questions about the special, aside from the title, premiere date, and a general "Um, what?" We don't know how many installments there will be, or how many episodes it will span, or whether it will debut in its entirety online before it airs on AMC, or whether the online version will also have several chapters. There's also a slight chance that this new character could have crossover potential, as the flight could be going from Georgia to LA. Then it would make much more sense for this special to air during The Walking Dead, rather than Fear.

Fear the Walking Dead airs on AMC on Sundays at 9pm, while The Walking Dead returns for its sixth season on October 11.
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