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San Diego Comic Con International Zombies its Day Two

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Jeri Jacquin

It is day two and what a day it’s been! There is no doubt it is Friday as the crowds are getting bigger and trust when I say that Saturday is going to be a day to bring plenty of patience and humor.

Today I was in Hall H and there was more than enough to keep everyone’s eyes and ears happy. Beginning with Writing Avengers: Endgame moderator Jeff Goldsmith talks to screenwriters/producers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely about the process of creating an immersive story. From ideas onto storyboards to making sure timelines mash up, it was a conversation that was enlightening and has everyone scratching their heads with more ways to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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That wasn’t the end of it as the Russo Brothers, Joe and Anthony, took the stage as moderator Steven Weintraub broken down the years and films the two creative minds have brought to screen. Talking about the stories and showing their own boards, the audience was keen to know if they would take on the SECRET WARS storyline but no straight answer was given. The fun came when the cast ‘phoned in’ their questions and Paul Rudd walked away with the laughs. When Robert Downey, Jr. took to the screen the entire audience just about lost it seeing their one and only Iron Man again.

The morning was about to be taken over by zombies and the crowd couldn’t be happier. The moderator and host of the AMC after show The Talking Dead, the audience was thrilled at the return of Chris Hardwick to the stage for AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. Along with Scott M. Gimple was Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero and new comer Michael Satrazemis. They all spoke on the apocalyptic universe and where the show might be headed.

After, the cast took to the stage including Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Maggie Grace, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Austin Amelio, Alexa Nisenson, Karen David, Jenna Elfman and Ruben Blades telling their stories of their characters arc and the antics that can be found on the set. The audience was treated to a preview of Sunday’s mid-season finale with the announcement of its return to finish the season on 8/11/10. Also a teaser from Gimple about a third show being planned for this universe coming soon.

On the heels of one group of zombie survivors comes the next panel for AMC’s first hit show The Walking Dead. Taking the stage first to moderate again was Chris Hardwick along with Scott M. Gimple, Angela Kang, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero. So much has changed with Daryl, Michonne, Carol and the gang with the Whisperers wreaking havoc which, we are told, will continue.

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Then the cast including Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Avil Nash, Ryan Hurst, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, Cailey Fleming and a video message from Samantha Morton all take a seat. The hardest part of the panel was hearing it confirmed that Danai Gurira who plays Michonne will not be returning after the 10th season is finished airing. The crowd was not happy and Danai herself became emotional. To try and make it better, the crowd gave her a standing thunderous applause because, after all, once a part of TWD – always a part.

The audience had a chance to ask their questions and without giving anything away, each cast member used humor to make sure they didn’t. This was the first Comic Con for Cailey Fleming who plays Rick Grimes’ daughter Judith and she immediately enchanted the audience. At one point an attendee asked Norman Reedus if he’d consider being the leader to all those who will be invading Area 51. Once filled in on what that was all about, his reply was, “yea, sure” and the audience went wild. Of course if that were to happen I’d be there!

Netflix has a new original series coming to their programming with The Witcher starring Superman himself Henry Cavill. Of course in his role as Geralt of Rivia, he looks more like Legolas from LORD OF THE RINGS. As awesome as Legolas is, I have a sneaky suspicion that Geralt, or the White Wolf, might have a thing or two on the bow carrying elf. He is a wanderer who doesn’t realize destiny has another fate for him that involve a sorceress and a princess. The series also stars Freya Allan, Jodhi May, MyAnna Buring, Anya Chalotra, Hlynur Haraldsson, Millie Brady and I can’t wait to see it.

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Game of Thrones made its final appearance in Hall H and fans had the opportunity to talk out all their feelings regarding the ending of this HBO mega hit series. Based on the George R.R. Martin books A Song of Ice and Fire, fans have embraced the characters and, I feel, needed the closure. The panel included Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Conleth Hill, Maisie Williams, Isacc Wright and Miguel Sapochnik.

Pennyworth is a new cable series that takes viewers back in time when Alfred Pennyworth, Batman’s serious awesome butler, was a younger man. It is 1960s London and Pennyworth is a former British SAS Soldier who begins working with Thomas Wayne. The cast includes Jack Bannon as Alfred, Ben Aldridge as Thomas Wayne in this DC series created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. The show can be found on EPIX beginning July 28th.

Amazon Prime is also bringing something unique and very mysterious with their new series Carnival Row. Orlando Bloom stars in this Victorian fantasy world of mythological creatures and learning how to live with humans. Cara Delevingne stars as the refugee fairy who has a thing for Bloom’s character Rycroft Philostrate (and lets be honest, who wouldn’t?!) There is also a screening of Carnival Row on Saturday that is going to give attendees a sneak peak at what’s to come.

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Comic Con wouldn’t be, well, Comic Con without the FX series Archer having its moment in the sun. The animated series is one of my absolute guilty pleasures with the sarcasm of Archer and Lana Kane, Archer’s mother Mallory and the rest of the crew that makes this show hilarious. The panel included H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates. The new season is coming soon and it is in space aboard the M/S Seamus. Of course there will be aliens, pirates and the works because Archer needs something to keep his wit razor sharp!

Of course, at San Diego Comic Con International, the nighttime comes alive even more than usual. The outside events are in full swing and parties can be found everywhere for the enjoyment of attendees and non-badge holders alike. It is such a great time to meet up with friends and walk all around to just have a little fun.

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Saturday promises to be once again filled with activities, shopping and panel discussions. It also means that the Marvel panel might just have a little something in store for those who have spent days waiting in line.

We will be there to cover it all!

 

 

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete Second Season Brings Another Look at the Zombie Beginnings!

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray and Digital HD December 13th from Anchor Bay Entertainment is the mega-walker hit FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete Second Season.

The group finds themselves on the boat Abigail headed down to San Diego. Madison (Kim Dickens) and Travis (Cliff Curtis) are trying to keep everyone together including Chris (Lorenzo Henrie), Daniel (Ruben Blades), Ofelia (Mercedes Mason), Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Carey). But everyone seems to be working against each other as Strand (Colman Domingo) takes on the role of leader. When Chris and Nick take a jump off the boat it is the worst time as another boat approaches.

Trying to get away they make it to an island Travis meets a family that tells him San Diego is no better off than anyplace else as the military has burned it to the ground. When suspicions about Strand reach their peak, it is discovered that he has plans to head to Mexico, Baja to be exact. Strand tells them all that where he is going has supplies and safety.

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Needing supplies now, a group goes to shore to salvage from a plane on the beach. They discover two survivors and when walkers come for them they get back to the boat. Strand isn’t happy with the two new passengers and demands they be put on a raft away from the boat.

In Mexico it is Nick who goes ashore looking for Strand’s people but the group can no longer escape the pirates that want their boat. Now on the ground they must get to Strand’s compound and after a night of shooting leader Celia wants them all to leave. Chris runs with Travis following and after a confrontation with his mother, Nick takes off as well.

When Travis tells Nick that he and Chris aren’t coming back, the young man tries to return but ends up in the middle of a pack of wolves and walkers. Wounded, Nick wanders until he is found by Luciana (Danay Garcia) who ignores him but that doesn’t last when he walks his way into their compound.

Taken to the community leader Alejandro (Paul Calderson), Nick hears the stories of the community that are believed by all including Luciana. He also learns about a ‘store’ where supply and demand are all about what you bring for trading.

Madison, Strand, Alicia and Ofelia try to get back to the boat onto to discover it is gone. Up on a ridge is a hotel where the group discover showers, beds, drink and walkers. Deciding they need to rest, everyone gets cleaned up while Strand and Madison tie one on at the hotel bar.

Travis and Chris are on the road and find a farmhouse where they hope to find food. When a group pull up in a pickup, Travis immediately doesn’t trust them. When the farmer comes out to protect his land, Chris takes matters in his own hands to the horror of is on-looking father.

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With walkers everywhere, Alicia comes up with a plan and Madison becomes the bait to lead them away. Ofelia goes off on her own heading back to the United States border. Madison and Elena need to begin trading and heads to Alejandro warehouse. While she is there Madison realizes that talk she is hearing is about Nick!

Heading back to the hotel, it is decided to close the hotel and lock the gates. Madison decides to break a rule and the consequences bring other survivors to the hotel and in the middle of the pack is Travis.

Marco (Alejandro Edda), leader of the warehouse, decides that he wants the community for his own and no matter how much Nick tries to talk him down, he refuses to listen. Going back to Alejandro, he tries to talk the community into leaving and sets a trap for Marco and his gang.

Now Nick and Luciana begin walking towards the border with the survivors not knowing that Ofelia has reached there as well. Strand is upset with Madison for letting Travis into their group and is told he has to leave. After Alicia’s act to save Travis, all three get into a car and leave the hotel and decide to look for Nick.

Discovering the community he was in is gone; they find Alejandro who tells them Nick is headed for the border. At the border Nick and Luciana cross and see a helicopter but aren’t aware that a group has surrounded them capturing Nick and Luciana!

Dickens as Madison has her motherly enabling cut to the quick this season. When each of the kids makes their own decisions, it isn’t about saving them as about accepting that there is nothing she can do to stop them. Alicia stays behind and now Madison focuses all her energy on keeping her alive.

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Curtis as Travis is another enabler who hasn’t quite cut the cord from his son Chris but boy does that kid make it eventually easy. Hoping their time together will bond them to survive together and return to Madison, in one moment it all falls apart and he is now in the same boat as his wife.

Dillane as Frank does a little growing up this season walking away from his family. Discovering the community it is his chance to actually help without anyone knowing of his family failures. Sister Alicia played by Carey is also finding her own place in the world making decisions that are actually quite helpful. The highlight is her plan to lead the dead to become ocean bobble heads!

Henrie as Chris has an attitude stuck up his teenage attitude and walking away puts everyone in danger. Believing he knows more about what’s right in this new world than father Travis, he has no problem proving it to the devastation of his father.

Mason as Ofelia is a tough customer who isn’t going to give in just because strangers show up at the hotel. Garcia as Luciana is also another tough woman who just wants to do what’s right for the community and follows Alejandro almost blindly. Calderson as Alejandro wants what’s best for his community and the dark secret he hides is a little selfish to my way of thinking. Bad dude Marco played by Edda doesn’t see what’s coming because, as we all know, greed blinds.

Domingo as Strand shows a more humane side once they reach the hotel. He begins to see Madison more as a friend rather than a hindrance and one night of drinking loosens his story. When Madison decides to leave there is a sense of betrayal but with Strand you never quite know what he is feeling – very poker face!

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AMC has brought itself to the forefront of cable television in the past few years. With such series as Mad Men, Hell on Wheels, and Breaking Bad, AMC has also blown television away with the series The Walking Dead and now, Fear the Walking Dead.

Anchor Bay brings amazing entertainment to those extending their media library and is also celebrating their 20th Anniversary. From theatrical to home release, Anchor Bay brings STARZ Original series, AMC Network series, The Weinstein Company, Radius, children’s entertainment, fitness, and sports to fans. To discover more of what Anchor Bay Entertainment has to offer, please visit www.anchorbayent.com.

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete Second Season takes the storyline into a chaotic space where the group that wanted to stick together has become split apart. It is interesting to watch the dynamics of the characters finally become worn out and the kids wanting to run as far away from adults as they can.

The parental side of me yelled ‘let ‘em run and see how far they get’ and then sat back the rest of the season to discover how they would fair in the new world. It became all to quickly noticeable that maybe I should have been worried about the adults!

It seems the group has found itself among some of the most nasty undesirables. The hotel has its usual dead-beat non-paying flesh rotten guests, the warehouse has abusive robbers, the road has kill-happy border seekers and a community has a leader who isn’t exactly truthful.

Finding their way back to each other is going to bring about a whole new set of problems heading back to the U.S. border where everything they have experienced might be a piece of cake in comparison!

What do you expect when the world has turned on itself right?

The Bluray includes all 648 minutes of storytelling of characters facing the unknown and walkers! All 15 episodes are included as well as the Bonus Features of Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, Flight 462 Webisodes, Q&A with Cast and Creative Team from PaleyFest LA 2016, Inside ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and The Making of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’.

In the end – the post apocalyptic world is tearing them apart!

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Season One Special Edition Brings the Undead to Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

On March 22nd, from AMC and Anchor Bay Entertainment along with creators Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson comes the first season filled with more questions than answers with FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season Special Edition.

In the city of Los Angeles, high school counselor Madison (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis (Cliff Curtis) are raising their families. Madison has her hands full with son Nick (Frank Dillane) who is dealing with drug addiction and daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) who is just a mouthy teen who resents interference in her love life with boyfriend Matt (Maestro Harrell).

Travis still has dealings with ex-wife Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and resentful son Christopher (Lorenzo Henrie). While all this is going on it isn’t surprising that no one really notices what is happening all around. People are becoming sick and it is spreading quickly.

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It all becomes real to Madison and Travis when, while with Nick, they see for themselves that the dead are rising. Not only are they rising, they are eating the living creating even more of the walking dead.

Deciding to leave town, the family begins to pack as Travis goes to get Liza and Christopher. What is happening on the streets quickly turns into a mob mentality.  Trying to save them from the crazed crowds, Travis talks Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) into letting them into the shop. Also in the shop is Daniels’ wife Griselda (Patricia Spindola) and daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason).

Once they are able, everyone goes back to Madison and Travis’ home. It is now too late to leave and they must wait as the military encloses neighborhoods looking for more of the undead.

What they are all soon to discover is that outside the fence is a monster of a different kind.

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Dickens as Madison is a mother who clearly needs to snap into reality, not just the reality of what is happening around her – but the reality that her son is a drug addict with Mom as an enabler. Spending more time dealing with Nick, Madison has a strained relationship with daughter Alicia. I have always enjoyed Dickens performances form HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG to GONE GIRL; this is an actress who stands out.

Curtis as Travis is a father who needs to get in touch with a son who isn’t happy with the divorce of his parents or interested in becoming part of a new family unit. Trying to be everything to everyone, Travis knows something is wrong but doesn’t know who to trust.

Blades as Daniel Salazar, to my way of thinking, is the straight forward no-nonsense character who tends to say exactly what he thinks. He sees exactly what is happening around all of them and doesn’t want to do anything but take care of his wife. Of course once she is taken away, he too knows something is wrong.

Dillane as Nick is a character that isn’t embraced happily. I say this hearing from my own readers they want to strangle themselves. Nick is a young man with serious problems who enables everyone around him. Let’s hope in season two things turn around! Debnam-Carey as Alicia is smart but tends to do what she wants and also enables her brother. Yep, a totally dysfunctional family in the modern world.

Henrie as Chris isn’t enjoying a second-family life but is observant to what is going on around him. Rodriguez as Liza is a nurse who wants to help at every turn of the epidemic and volunteers to help at a makeshift hospital for those who are sick. She also sees for herself what happens to the dead.

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AMC has brought itself to the forefront of cable television in the past few years. With such series as Mad Men, Hell on Wheels, and Breaking Bad, AMC has also blown television away with the series The Walking Dead and now, Fear the Walking Dead.

Anchor Bay brings amazing entertainment to those extending their media library and is also celebrating their 20th Anniversary. From theatrical to home release, Anchor Bay brings STARZ Original series, AMC Network series, The Weinstein Company, Radius, children’s entertainment, fitness, and sports to fans. To discover more of what Anchor Bay Entertainment has to offer, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give FEAR THE WALKING DEAD four tubs of popcorn out of five. Of course my heart (and probably brain) is stuck in what happened after the zombies take over the world so it took warming up to this first season. Once again the walkers are in the background of this family that can not escape their problems just because the dead want to eat them.

Having it set in Los Angeles puts all of the madness in the middle of a big city seeing how large groups of people react to it all. Fans have become use to deserted highways, broken down towns and small groups of people – FEAR THE WALKING DEAD puts havoc by the thousands front and center.

The Bluray has so much more detail to bring viewers into this “new” world of the dead as the story brings us to places we would never think walkers would dare to go. That’s the fantastic thing about these storylines – always expect the unexpected and even when you think you’re ready – you’re not!

The series still put human emotions front and center with Kirkman and Erickson making sure that nothing is left to chance. FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 2 will premier on AMC with 15 new episodes April 10th. Kirkman says, “We are going to see zombies unlike we’ve ever really seen before. All of this is something that is going to hit these characters really hard.”

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The FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season Special Edition Bluray and Digital HD includes the Pilot Episode: The Widescreen Version, Deleted Scenes, Featurettes such as Inside “Fear the Walking Dead”, FEAR: The Beginning, Five Things You Need to Survive, Locations: LA & Vancouver, Quarantined, Stunts & Anarchy, The Faces of Fear: The Infected with Audio Commentaries for every episode with Dave Erickson, Adam Davidson, David Wiener and actors Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

There is hours of never-before-seen bonus features and deleted scenes which truly is the best part of adding FEAR THE WALKING DEAD to your home media library.

In the end – fear begins here!

 

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Season One Gives us the Undead on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

From AMC and Anchor Bay Entertainment along with creators Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson comes the first season filled with more questions than answers with FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.

In the city of Los Angeles, high school counselor Madison (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis (Cliff Curtis) are raising their families. Madison has her hands full with son Nick (Frank Dillane) who is dealing with drug addiction and daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) who is just a mouthy teen who resents interference in her love life with boyfriend Matt (Maestro Harrell).

Travis still has dealings with ex-wife Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and resentful son Christopher (Lorenzo Henrie). While all this is going on it isn’t surprising that no one really notices what is happening all around. People are becoming sick and it is spreading quickly.

It all becomes real to Madison and Travis when, while with Nick, they see for themselves that the dead are rising. Not only are they rising, they are eating the living creating even more of the walking dead.

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Deciding to leave town, the family begins to pack as Travis goes to get Liza and Christopher. What is happening on the streets quickly turns into a mob mentality.  Trying to save them from the crazed crowds, Travis talks Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) into letting them into the shop. Also in the shop is Daniels’ wife Griselda (Patricia Spindola) and daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason).

Once they are able, everyone goes back to Madison and Travis’ home. It is now too late to leave and they must wait as the military encloses neighborhoods looking for more of the undead.

What they are all soon to discover is that outside the fence is a monster of a different kind.

Dickens as Madison is a mother who clearly needs to snap into reality, not just the reality of what is happening around her – but the reality that her son is a drug addict with Mom as an enabler. Spending more time dealing with Nick, Madison has a strained relationship with daughter Alicia. I have always enjoyed Dickens performances form HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG to GONE GIRL; this is an actress who stands out.

Curtis as Travis is a father who needs to get in touch with a son who isn’t happy with the divorce of his parents or interested in becoming part of a new family unit. Trying to be everything to everyone, Travis knows something is wrong but doesn’t know who to trust.

Blades as Daniel Salazar, to my way of thinking, is the straight forward no-nonsense character who tends to say exactly what he thinks. He sees exactly what is happening around all of them and doesn’t want to do anything but take care of his wife. Of course once she is taken away, he too knows something is wrong.

Dillane as Nick is a character that isn’t embraced happily. I say this hearing from my own readers they want to strangle themselves. Nick is a young man with serious problems who enables everyone around him. Let’s hope in season two things turn around! Debnam-Carey as Alicia is smart but tends to do what she wants and also enables her brother. Yep, a totally dysfunctional family in the modern world.

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Henrie as Chris isn’t enjoying a second-family life but is observant to what is going on around him. Rodriguez as Liza is a nurse who wants to help at every turn of the epidemic and volunteers to help at a makeshift hospital for those who are sick. She also sees for herself what happens to the dead.

AMC has brought itself to the forefront of cable television in the past few years. With such series as Mad Men, Hell on Wheels, and Breaking Bad, AMC has also blown television away with the series The Walking Dead and now, Fear the Walking Dead.

Anchor Bay brings amazing entertainment to those extending their media library and is also celebrating their 20th Anniversary. From theatrical to home release, Anchor Bay brings STARZ Original series, AMC Network series, The Weinstein Company, Radius, children’s entertainment, fitness, and sports to fans. To discover more of what Anchor Bay Entertainment has to offer, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give FEAR THE WALKING DEAD three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Of course my heart (and probably brain) is stuck in what happened after the zombies take over the world so it took warming up to this first season. Once again the walkers are in the background of this family that can not escape their problems just because the dead want to eat them.

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Having it set in Los Angeles puts all of the madness in the middle of a big city seeing how large groups of people react to it all. Fans have become use to deserted highways, broken down towns and small groups of people – FEAR THE WALKING DEAD puts havoc by the thousands front and center.

The series still put human emotions front and center with Kirkman and Erickson making sure that nothing is left to chance. FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 2 will premier on AMC with 15 new episodes in 2016. Kirkman says, “We are going to see zombies unlike we’ve ever really seen before. All of this is something that is going to hit these characters really hard.”

The FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Bluray includes the bonus features of A Look at the Series, Inside the Characters of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD and all six episodes coming in at almost three hundred minutes of intensity.

In the end – fear begins here!

 

 

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