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Critic Consensus: The pilot episode of Fear the Walking Dead does a solid job of establishing its characters and milieu, and provides enough tense moments to please diehard Dead-heads.

Episode Info

In the opener of this "The Walking Dead" spin-off, a dysfunctional blended family is forced together when they realize a reported virus is actually the start of the zombie apocalypse.

Cast

Ruben Blades
as Daniel Salazar
Cliff Curtis
as Travis Manawa
Kim Dickens
as Madison Clark
Frank Dillane
as Nick Clark
Alycia Debnam-Carey
as Alicia Clark
Mercedes Masohn
as Ofelia Salazar
Mercedes Mason
as Ofelia Salazar
Toni French
as National Guard Driver
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Critic Reviews for Pilot

Fear the Walking Dead, slow in its pilot but promising, needs to decide which version of this story it wants to be.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…

[It] is such a fascinating show, taking us back through the eyes of a family before the entire world descends into unimaginable chaos...I personally find it more terrifying than TWD.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

With the premiere of the prequel series, we're taken into previously unseen parts of The Walking Dead's universe as we're shown the events that occur just prior to the zombie outbreak in a completely different part of the country.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Fear the Walking Dead takes ample advantage of its large setting and new blood. From churches and alleyways to beaches and freeways, the slow-boil large landscape aspects of the story are exciting.

Aug 25, 2015 | Rating: 7.6/10 | Full Review…

All told, this isn't the strongest series premiere I've ever seen. The Walking Dead's first episode is much better and more memorable. But it's not bad, either.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…

"Pilot" is nowhere near that good [as the original's pilot]. But it is strong enough to suggest a bright future for this spin-off.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…

The premiere is a slow build, steeped in some disappointing cliches, but it seems to be taking some specific steps to stand on its own.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…

A show without a popular mythology already in place probably wouldn't have taken the chance on scene-setting that this episode does, slowly introducing the characters and barely hinting at the mass-scale horror to come.

Aug 25, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

While "Pilot" doesn't always work, it's rarely boring, and always at least strives for a humanistic/optimistic effect that the last two seasons of AMC's The Walking Dead haven't achieved.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…

After the generic familial drama that took up most of the story, this final bloody image brings things to a satisfying close for fans of the original series.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…