Apart from its status as a prequel “companion series,” AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead has proven pretty tight-lipped for a series whose characters will have faces torn apart before long. Now, AMC has lifted back the veil just a bit, showing off the start of production in a new behind-the-scenes video to make us Fear the Walking Dead once again.

Shooting in Los Angeles (though primarily in Vancouver), our first look at Fear the Walking Dead beyond the initial teaser highlights the companion series’ prequel status, dipping back to the outset of the zombie apocalypse with a new Los Angeles locale to contrast with the series proper. Says creator Robert Kirkman of the series’ production, which shoots toward a late summer premiere:


‘Fear the Walking Dead’ takes us back to the earlier, more dangerous, more terrifying days of ‘The Walking Dead.’ A time when danger was lurking around every corner and the thing mostly likely to get you killed was your own ignorance of the rapidly changing world around you. The stakes are going to be higher and the ride more intense. We’re going to show people all the insanity of civilization crumbling that Rick Grimes slept through. Buckle up.


The Last Airbender star Cliff Curtis leads the cast as divorced teacher Sean Cabrera, alongside Gone Girl star Kim Dickens as high school guidance counselor Nancy. Also cast in the role of her two children from a previous marriage are Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince star Frank Dillane and AMC pilot Galyntine star Alycia Debnam Carey. Orange is the New Black star Elizabeth Rodriguez and Mercedes Mason also round out the ensemble.

The companion series to AMC’s monster smash will follow its predecessor with a six-episode first season, and a second season of regular length already ordered for 2016. Additionally, while the companion series will begin as a prequel to the zombie apocalypse, creator Robert Kirkman has expressed that the two series will eventually catch up to one another. Walking Dead executive producers Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert will all take part in the new L.A.-set series, while Sons of Anarchy and Low Winter Sun vet Dave Erickson will both co-write and executive produce, Adam Davidson having directed the pilot.

You can check out the video above, and get ready to Fear the Walking Dead all over again!

Check Out 100 TV Facts You May Not Know!