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Pilot 

A highly dysfunctional blended family is forced together when they realize a reported virus is actually the onset of the undead apocalypse.

Director:

Adam Davidson

Writers:

Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by), Tony Moore (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Dickens ... Madison Clark
Cliff Curtis ... Travis Manawa
Frank Dillane ... Nick Clark
Alycia Debnam-Carey ... Alicia Clark
Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Liza Ortiz
Mercedes Mason ... Ofelia Salazar (credit only)
Lorenzo James Henrie ... Chris Manawa
Rubén Blades ... Daniel Salazar (credit only)
Maestro Harrell ... Matt Sale
Scott Lawrence ... Art Costa
Keith Powers ... Calvin
Lincoln A. Castellanos ... Tobias
Lynn Chen ... Nurse
Leon Thomas III ... Russell (as Leon Thomas)
Donald Agnelli ... Driver
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Storyline

Drug addict Nick Clarke (Dillane) sees his friend Gloria eating another man in the drug den where he is staying, frightening him and causing him to run into the street and be hit by a car. His mother, Madison (Dickens), and his stepfather Travis Manawa (Curtis) go to the hospital where he is under close watch by the police. Madison is the guidance counselor of a high-school where her daughter Alicia (Debnam-Carey) is a student and Travis is one of the teachers, and they return to school as normal. Nick flees from the hospital and Madison and Travis later seek him out. Travis goes to the place where Nick claims that Gloria has eaten a man and he finds gore in the spot. Nick contacts his friend and drug dealer Calvin that tries to kill him. They fight and Calvin dies with a shot. Nick calls Travis and he comes with Madison to meet him. When they go to see Calvin, they see him up and walking around, but soon they learn that something is really wrong with Calvin. They watch in disbelief ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The diner where Nick meets Calvin is featured in Nightcrawler (2014), Drive (2011) and Twilight (2008). See more »

Goofs

When Nick meets Calvin at the diner he had been out of the hospital for a day or so and he said it had been over 48 hours since his last dose of heroin, yet Nick only seems mildly uncomfortable. If Nick is using heroin on a regular basis, then his brain chemistry has become dependent on the heroin, so going 48 hours without a "fix" would cause Nick to be in full blown opioid withdrawal. Other then possibly IV administered oxycodone, IV heroin is the hardest opioid to detox from and has the worst and most severe withdrawal symptoms. So by the time Nick meets Calvin in the diner he would be incredibly sick and in a huge amount of agony. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick Clark: [Nick wakes up alone in the abandoned church, calling out for his friend] Gloria?
Nick Clark: [as Nick looks into the empty hallway and rooms] Glo?
Nick Clark: [when Nick finds the dead bodies, seeing Gloria hunched over, whispering] Gloria? Gloria, babe, we got to go.
[when Gloria turns around covered in blood, with a knife stuck into her side]
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Connections

Featured in Talking Dead: Fear the Walking Dead (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Fear the Walking Dead Main Title Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Atticus Ross
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Walking Dead is better, but this show has potential to be great with time
23 August 2015 | by serbian_007See all my reviews

Was the opening episode perfect? No. Were there things missing from the plot that I hoped would be included in the episode? Yes, Yes, Yes, but maybe these things will come in episode 2? We'll see. Was it enjoyable overall? Yes. I like the original Walking Dead with Rick waking up in the hospital much better as a series opener. However, if we are honest looking back, season 1 of the Walking Dead wasn't all that great either; only the first episode was really mind blowing and memorable, so let's try to be fair with this prequel and not come to any hasty conclusions.

In my opinion there was FEAR in this opening episode and I still feel hopeful for a great season. My heart was pounding in my chest, and I was taking slow shall breaths in the early scenes. After the midway point, though, my excitement level kind of waned and the story felt a little off point. I began to nitpick the acting, the setting, the characters, and the lack of depth in the story a little bit near the end, not to mention that none of the characters except one (Nick) were at all interesting to me. Nick reminds me a lot of Daryl; that's probably why he's my favourite character so far. The family is highly dysfunctional, yes, but kind of boring too, if we are honest - except Nick. I don't know, I guess a typical 'boring' family is kind of the whole point of the series so we'll see where this goes.

This was a character driven episode, which some people might hate. Fear the Walking Dead has promise and I think a few more episodes will either make it or break it for the fans. Let's stay tuned until then and revisit my rating after watching a few more episodes. Who knows, maybe we'll find out that Daryl is somehow Nick's biological father and then we'll get a crossover episode with sonny coming home to daddy. Now that would be interesting - sarcasm intended. (Seriously though, I do like Nick, and Daryl).


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