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


Adam Davidson


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




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 Lincoln A. Castellanos ... Tobias
Lynn Chen ... Nurse
Leon Thomas III ... Russell (as Leon Thomas)
Donald Agnelli ... Driver


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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Release Date:

23 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


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


The driver's side windshield is damaged as the main characters are driving down the freeway, leading into the scene where the police are on the P.A. saying, "Remain in your vehicles." Later when they find Nick in the water spillway, the windshield is not broken. See more »


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


Summer's Almost Gone
Written by Jon Morrison
Performed by The Doors
[Plays in the restaurant where Nick meets Calvin]
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Strong start to a much anticipated new series
24 August 2015 | by john-webb-970-879318See all my reviews

Forget all the one and two star reviews they are just from trolls and attention seekers. This is a terrific new show and if anything has a stronger first episode than the Walking Dead had.

It is like the Walking Dead character driven as much as it is plot driven. If you want a plot driven show with cardboard characters this is not it. Like the Walking Dead you are invited to get to know people so that when some of them git bitten you feel the loss and it is not just a quick jump out of the seat when the zombie gets his man.

The characters are interesting and I suspect that the weakest when the world is normal such as the fat kid and the drugged up son will end up being the resilient ones once things turn ugly.

The slow realization of what is happening is also realistically portrayed although I did wonder if at this stage people were turning once bitten as opposed to turning at the point of death. If the turn is just at the point of any random death then morgues would be overrun with zombies one would think within a day of the outbreak. All in all this is a great new show.

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