The show’s co-creators embraced the freedom of not being tied to the comic.
Drawing on the comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead has told five seasons worth of scary, compelling stories. However Robert Kirkman, the mastermind behind the comic and the television series, was convinced that there was even more story to be told about the zombie apocalypse, and he wanted to create another outlet on television to do so. Seeking a creative partner who shared his vision, Kirkman invited Dave Erickson on board the project as co-creator and showrunner of Fear the Walking Dead. Erickson was up for the challenge and impressed that Kirkman wanted to press the concept further.