The show, taking place ahead of the events of the original series, follows guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and her family -- boyfriend Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), drug-addicted son Nick (Frank Dillane), daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and Travis’ son Christopher (Lorenzo James Henrie) -- as they navigate the zombie apocalypse (and fall of society) in Los Angeles, California.
While season two sees the characters venture the rugged ocean aboard a yacht owned by fellow survivor, Victor Strand (Colman Domingo), the first six episodes explored navigated suburban life before the zombies fully took hold.
It was at Madison’s high school where Dickens says her favorite moment of the series took place. While looking for medicine and other supplies with Tobias (Lincoln Castellanos), Madison comes upon her principal, Artie Costa (played by Scott Lawrence), who had been turned.
“I really loved the whole sequence, down to the end with the fire extinguisher,” Dickens says of the scene that sees her character kill Artie in attempt to save her and Tobias’ from being bitten. “It was my first time really doing that in the genre. It’s a long sequence, but I really liked it.”
“I liked the writing of it. I like the suspense of it. I liked the drama and the action,” she adds, giving credit to writer Marco Ramirez and director Adam Davidson, who helmed the series’ first three episodes.
For Dickens, it was her first time interacting with a zombie, which up until that point, had made scattered appearances on the show. “This was Madison’s first time she had to take matters into her own hands,” the actress adds.
It was also Dickens’ first on-screen zombie kill of the series. When asked if she started keeping count, like many of her counterparts do on The Walking Dead, she admitted she hasn’t -- yet. “I got one under my belt,” she says, teasing what’s next for season two: “We’ll see what happens.”
Admittedly, the actress -- famous for her roles on Deadwood and Friday Night Lights -- is not a fan of the horror genre. “I don’t like to get scared when I’m relaxing,” Dickens says. But once she read the script, she was so taken by its writing and the characters – Madison in particular -- the actress knew she had to be in Fear the Walking Dead. “Here’s this amazing female character, who is kicking a** and is flawed.”
“That’s what I’m here to do: I like good roles. I don’t like to just be the girlfriend or the mom,” she adds.
As for season two, she’s most excited about life on the water. “We’re standing on the yacht, and Alycia was like, ‘Could you imagine when we were riding around in the Camry in the pilot that we would be here second season?’” Dickens recalls. “I said, ‘No, I had no idea we’d got out into the sea.’”
“I think it’s just really great writing and exciting stuff that explores this extra window in the apocalypse that we haven’t seen yet,” she adds.
Fear the Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.