Fear the Walking Dead teaser

AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead promises to differ from its predecessor in some significant ways. It’s set in an entirely different location, following entirely new characters, at the dawn of the apocalyptic outbreak instead of the middle of it.

But it’s still a variation on The Walking Dead, and that means we can look forward to grit, gore, and some good old-fashioned people-eating. The first three minutes of Fear the Walking Dead wastes no time getting to the good stuff, as you can see after the jump. 

AMC unveiled the Fear the Walking Dead opening scene on Facebook.

WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: #FearBeginsHere this Sunday at 9/8c.

Posted by Fear the Walking Dead on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Well, that seems to explain why Nick (Frank Dillane) was running like hell in that first promo. You would, too, if you woke up in a church-turned-drug-den to discover that your girlfriend has suddenly developed an appetite for human flesh.

Fear the Walking Dead premieres Sunday, August 23 at 9 PM on AMC.

Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and our dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.

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