Few TV series this summer are as anticipated as Fear the Walking Dead, a “companion series”; to The Walking Dead that comes at the same zombie apocalypse from a different angle.

In the original, the action begins as sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) awakens from a coma to find civilization gone while hordes of the undead outnumber the few living survivors.

Set in Los Angeles (but filmed in Vancouver), Fear the Walking Dead will take viewers right to the beginning as a mysterious virus begins infecting the world’s populace.

ET Canada“s Erin Cebula visited the show’s Vancouver set and spoke with stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis and Elizabeth Rodriguez about the prequel to the horror hit, and Dickens says they’ve worked hard to deliver the goods to satisfy fans of the original.

“It’s an amazing fan base that The Walking Dead has,”; Dickens says. “It’s a very loyal, passionate fan base and all I can say is we’re working really hard to try and make them happy.”;

Dickens plays a high-school guidance counsellor who’s in a relationship with a teacher at her school, played by Cliff Curtis.

“There’s so much hype around this project,”; marvels Curtis, revealing that he hasn’t watched the original Walking Dead — and doesn’t plan to. “I think it’s better to be prepared by accepting what comes at you.”;

As Dickens explains, viewers watch the virus take root and spread quickly. “Things just sort of spool and unravel and everyone’s sort of deepest fears come to light,”; she says. “[The show] definitely wrestles with the theme of survival and who we are in a regular moment and who we are in a life-or-death situation.”;

You can catch more of Erin Cebula’s visit to the Fear the Walking Dead set on tonight’s ET Canada, airing a 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Global.