This summer, AMC will expand its increasingly-popular Walking Dead series with a West Coast-based prequel show, Fear the Walking Dead. We’ve already seen a video teaser, and now we’ve been given three new images courtesy of EW:
The new photos feature Deadwood and Sons of Anarchy alum Kim Dickens as Madison, The 100‘s Alycia Debnam-Carey as Madison’s daughter Alicia, The Wire‘s Maestro Harrel as Alicia’s boyfriend Matt, and Madison’s boyfriend Travis, played by Training Day and Gang Related actor Cliff Curtis.
EW also has some exclusive details on the characters, straight from Robert Kirkman himself, which you can read below.
On Alicia and her brother, Nick:
Alicia is your atypical teenage girl. She excels at school. She’s on her way to college. She’s very self-sufficient. She’s very self-reliant. She’s kind of the model student and the model child. In the face of that we’ve got Nick – who is played by Frank Dillane – who is pretty much a parent’s worse nightmare. He has flunked out of college, had a lot of trouble, got mixed up in some bad elements, and is definitely the problem child. And it’s exacerbated for him to be next to this perfect sister who seemingly doesn’t have anything going on in her life that is negative. But that’s not really the case, that’s just this perception.
So you have these two siblings that are very much at odds with each other. They love each other because they are brother and sister, but to a certain extent it’s almost like they are each other’s worst enemies because one is screwing things up while she’s trying to achieve things and get on to the college, and the other one is seeing her as this reminder of everything that he can’t be. So it’s an interesting dynamic.
Madison is a character whose husband died. And she’s been raising her kids on her own, so she’s a character that has experienced a very abrupt change to her life that she has had to adapt to. So there’s an inherent strength in this single mother that makes her in some ways uniquely adapted to live in the zombie apocalypse. And I think Kim has shown that if you want to have a strong female character, a no-nonsense strong character —but with a lot of warmth, because its hard sometimes to find an actress that can have those two things and can be this leader and also have this warmth and this kindness to her—that’s something that Kim is very capable of.
Travis is a character that represents a sense of stability in Madison’s life, and so he’s really 100 percent on board. With the craziness of her life, he’s her rock. He’s her foundation. He’s come into this and become a part of her life and definitely is someone she’s leaned on. He’s definitely got a darkness to his past. There are some interesting revelations to come with him, I’ll just say that. He is finding himself torn between Liza, his ex-wife, and Madison.
Fear the Walking Dead is set to go underway on AMC later this summer.