Fear the Walking Dead to Introduce New Character in Web Series

Fear the Walking Dead web series is set during a zombie attack on a plane

According to Entertainment Weekly, AMC has big, innovative trans-media plans for its new hit companion series “Fear the Walking Dead,” as they will be introducing a new major Season 2 character over the course of a web series that will go online during commercial breaks for “The Walking Dead” later this year. 

The stand-alone half-hour special, which takes place onboard an airplane during a zombie outbreak, will unfold in chapters and AMC will not reveal who the new “Fear the Walking Dead” character is as that would spoil who survives.

The first season of “Fear the Walking Dead” will run for six episodes this fall. The show will return for a second season of 15 episodes next year. The series debut this past Sunday earned 10.1 million live/same day viewers and became the #1 series premiere in cable television history for total viewers and all key demos. A special episode of “Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick, will follow the season one finale on Sunday, October 4th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (U.S. only).

Living in the same universe as “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead” is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and our dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.

“Fear the Walking Dead” is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and showrunner David Erickson and produced by AMC Studios. The series stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Elizabeth Rodriguez as Liza, Ruben Blades as Daniel, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia and Lorenzo James Henrie as Chris.