6:36pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Walking Dead' Spinoff Debuts First Footage
AMC used Sunday's season finale of The Walking Dead to unspool the first look at the flagship zombie drama's spinoff. (Check out THR's analysis of the season finale here.)
The new series, called Fear The Walking Dead, will be set in Los Angeles and stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related) stars as Sean Cabrera, a teacher who shares a son with his ex-wife. Sons of Anarchy's Kim Dickens co-stars as Nancy, a guidance counselor who works at the school with Sean and is seeing him romantically. Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) co-stars as Nancy's son, Nick, who has battled a drug problem. And Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) will play Nancy's ambitious daughter, Ashley, Nick's polar opposite, dreaming of leaving L.A. for Berkeley when the apocalypse strikes.
Fear The Walking Dead stands alone from the flagship, based on Robert Kirkman's long-running comics, and has been rumored to be a prequel, beginning at the dawn of the apocalypse before catching up with the original series. The short teaser confirms that the series does indeed start at the onset of the flu-like outbreak.
Kirkman and Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) co-wrote the pilot and exec produce alongside Walking Dead mainstays Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero. Adam Davidson directed the pilot.
FTWD will debut in the summer (date TBD) with a six-episode freshman season that will lead into the already announced sixth season of TWD. Season two of FTWD has already been greenlit for 2016. Check out the footage below, and stay tuned to THR for more Walking Dead finale coverage.