The Walking Dead creator and writer Robert Kirkman confirmed on Twitter yesterday that the official name of the AMC show’s spinoff will be Fear the Walking Dead. Rumors of the name have been around since a leaked script back in January hinted that the spinoff’s pilot would also be called “Fear the Walking Dead”. Kirkman confirmed the rumors with an excited tweet that also teases more information coming in the near future.
IT’S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
Also part of that leaked script was the hint that Fear the Walking Dead would take place near the beginning of the walker outbreak, not months after the fact like the currently-running mothership show. Another earlier rumor points to the series taking place in Los Angeles.
One bit of confirmed information we have is that Sons of Anarchy star Kim Dickens is set for the female lead of the series. Dickens’ character will be that of a guidance counselor navigating her way around the beginning of the apocalypse with her two children from a previous marriage and a divorced school teacher. The male lead, playing that school teacher accompanying Dickens’ character, will be Cliff Curtis.
Despite not having a name up until this point, a second season for Fear the Walking Dead has already been ordered by AMC. The network is currently reaping the benefits of another massively popular spinoff, Better Call Saul, which has been well received among fans and critics alike during its first season.