The underlying plot that drives Tom's mission to stop his father's tech before it destroys humanity completely is the deeply profound need to keep his family off the grid -- we mean, The Feed -- and protect his infant daughter, no matter the cost. And for first-time showrunner and long-time writer on AMC's The Walking Dead, Channing Powell, that basic survival instinct, as she explains to Thrillist, was at the core of her decision to bring the program to life in the first place.
"My agent sent me the synopsis of what the book was about and a sizzle reel of what they sort of wanted the feel of the show to be, and I just really gravitated more toward it," she said, before adding, "I was also pregnant at the time with my second."
Becoming a parent can be a wake-up call for many to both the wonders and tragedies of the world around us, and for Powell, who had lived in a different sort of fictional TV dystopia for some time, the pending birth of her second child supplied her with a fair share of discomfort and anxiety, and some unique insight into the story Windo's book was telling.
"When I went in to pitch my ideas for this, I brought up Rosemary's Baby," she continues. "Some women think pregnancy is wonderful and beautiful, but I felt very much sort of like a pod person carrying this weird alien thing inside of me. Suddenly, your body is not your own -- it's actually two bodies, which is so creepy. There are just so many elements of it that you can't control and are so confusing. And, to top it all off, once the child arrives, you love it inexplicably more than anything in the entire world and all you want to do is protect it. The world suddenly feels like this huge chaotic place where you can't control everything and anything could hurt your child at any given turn. So, not to speak ill of motherhood, but I find it very anxiety-inducing and The Feed was sort of a way to funnel those anxieties into something."