Dave Erickson, Executive Producer of the show told all in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
Ultimately, it’s a family drama. One of the things that Robert [Kirkman] and I discussed from the very beginning was, we’re starting a little earlier in the apocalypse. And what that allowed us to do in the pilot and season 1 is establish our core family, establish the problems and the conflicts that they have, and really let that be the initial world that we live in. And we layer in the onset of the apocalypse, we layer in our first walkers, but it’s really an effort to exacerbate the problems that already exist with Kim Dickens’ character and Cliff Curtis’ character and their sort of dysfunctional blended family. It’s really filtering the apocalypse through that.
And seeing the family unit is the cornerstone of any society, we can only imagine how screwed up they must be if they lead to a world of dead, zombie-shuffling biohazards.
Set in Los Angeles, the Fear The Walking Dead series will star Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis, along with Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey.
Already confirmed for two seasons, Fear The Walking Dead‘s season one will comprise of six one-hour episodes, and will debut on AMC in 2015. Season 2 will air in 2016.
Fear the Walking Dead premieres on AMC come August 2015