Above t​h​e​ dead

A Walking Dead sp​in-off...(read ​only)

It's an emotional mess!​​

Episode 1 right here!

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/1/Above-the-Dead

It was his visions, and his fortune, that lead to a compound for the Baker family, worthy of surviving an apocalypse.

 Using his creative mind to make that fortune, in the old world, he's now using it to help rebuild the new one...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Stuck on Mt. Hood (Sam's son) with his daughter, it's their family compound in the Tillamook Forest, where they desperately want to be... 

Fish Baker (illustration by Claudia Mckitty)

The entire Baker family knows that the future of said family, is this special child, who is very much like her grandfather. Like everyone in her family, she has been training her entire life, how to survive in a new world...  

illustration by Jared Souza

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Not related to the Bakers, this kid becomes like family...and in a pre-apocalyptic world that he suffered anxiety from, it's the post-apocalyptic world that has anxiety, of HIM!

illustration by Jared Souza

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Next in line to lead the family compound, hero doesn't even begin to describe this guy (Sam's grandson) or what he means to the Bakers, especially his uncle Fish and little cousin, Samantha, who he is on a mission to bring home...

illustration by Jared Souza

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

With a pistol to her head, and an escape from the reality of the world below the tree house she survived in, it's this fury friend, who climbs into Samantha's lap, and gives her a reason to go on...

illustration by Jared Souza

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

A Mt. Hood neighbor of Fish, this guy and his family are pivotal in young Samantha's survival and determination to reach that compound. Of course, the loss of electricity, is brutal for someone with sleep apnea!  

illustration by Jared Souza

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Married to Scott's daughter, Amy, this guy is also Eli's big brother, and they not only use Samantha's tree house for survival, and her family's compound for hope, but they have come to love that special child, and will go through absolute hell, to keep her alive...

illustration by Jared Souza

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Cousins (Sam's grandson) with Samantha, this guy's family is also stuck on the mountain, but miles away from where they hope to reach Samantha and her father. Perhaps their stories will crossover... 

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Showing up a bit mysteriously, in the 3rd episode of season 1, is she really as cool as she seems...or as cuckoo as she seems...or both...or neither??? Read and find out!

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Brothers Michael and Matthew, are complete trouble, and thrilled to be living in a world that no longer has rules. This one uses the lawlessness to commit the crime he'd been dreaming of, followed by treating every moment of life, as if it were his last...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Not as nasty or cold hearted as his little brother, but loyal to his family...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

This was a stand up guy at first, until the world loses all hope, and he goes completely savage, below Samantha and the other survivors, in hopes of taking their glamorous tree house, for himself...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

With 5 older brothers and a father building a compound, for whatever crisis might strike, someday, Scout Baker is most definitely prepared for the apocalyptic world. Besides Zane, no one is closer with her brother Fish, and niece Samantha...and no one with more resolve, to bring them home!

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Son of Sam, and father to Zane and Dakota, it's an illness and inconsistency of taking his meds, that prevents this guy from his full potential. His love/hate relationship with Zane, and desire to be the compound leader, was intense even before the apocalypse... 

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Once zombies take over, and his wife dies, he gives up altogether on his meds, and soon after, he and his wife, Mary, are reunited! She tries to control him no differently than she did while alive. He eventually changes his look, abandons his family at the compound, and heads for the coast, to his "secret camp"... 

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Dakota (Sam's granddaughter) is the female version of her brother, Zane, highly determined to find her little cousin, Samantha, and not someone you want to get in the way of! In Season 2, she is reunited with her woman, Cleo, who regardless of the heartbreaking world they now live in, somehow finds a way to make people laugh...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

When his brother Leo, struggles with personal issues in Season 2, it's Mason (Sam's son) who steps up and leads an epic beach "zombie" clearing mission, that only furthers the family plan of survival...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Pre-apocalypse these guys are just ball players, and great friends with Zane Baker. Post-apocalypse they are members of the "Rough Riders", using their ball skills to fight zombies and protect the people of the Tillamook Forest Compound... 

In their spare time, once things settle down, they'll even return to the field and provide encouraging entertainment for said people, because yes, said compound, has ball fields!

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Only a side character for an episode in Season 1, DJ makes a dramatic return in Season 2. His autistic sister was already living in a world scary enough, while this new one is overwhelming...yet she finds ways to contribute, and becomes inspired by young Samantha. ( Renee has her own journal entries, available to read at https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13005317/1/Renee-s-journal-surviving-the-apocalypse-with-autism )

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

She suffered loss in the old world, and more loss in the new one. She's surrounded by youth, and uses it to find her way, and to help kayak that youth, out of the Gorge, and toward the compound...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Sam's oldest child and leader of the family compound, Hunter is fully committed to seeing his father's dream become a reality. Whether in their lifetime or the next, they plan on their family having refuge, whenever the apocalypse hits...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

He was just a prison guard before the apocalypse, but now leads a large group of those prisoners and has a nice set-up, through a mysterious leader Grover, who remains with a group/camp of his own, but communicates through letters...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Popular among the prisoners, and respected/feared for whatever he mysteriously did to land in prison, this guy is an obvious choice to help lead the "Grover" group...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

A love interest destined for Zane, this woman must be amazing to capture his attention. Coke is her son, and playing big brother to the little boy stranded at the shelter, where they all awaited before landing behind the safety of a world built by a team of loggers, funded by the mysterious "Grover"...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Born a woman, but identifying as a man, he considered the world an evil place long before it was walked by the dead. Now...he enjoys walking with them...

illustration by Claudia Mckitty

A mysterious character of this story...


Whoever he is, he was prepared for the apocalypse and well funded for it. With multiple groups and multiple locations, his goal is just as mysterious as his identity, other than the obvious, which is to rule the coast range...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Harris did what she had to do, to survive, even if it meant joining the wrong kind of group. But she is destined for better things, bigger things, and will become a legend, as Queen of the Nike World Headquarters, in Beaverton...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

After separated from her son on day 1 of the chaotic zombie apocalypse, Dominique is all she has left, and it's her artistic talent that allows Harris to dream of better days to come, but then her death, that changes her forever, and sets the pace, for the Queen of Beaverton..

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

The rumor is that he killed a big-time prison drug lord named Shark, and with his mammoth size, his nickname took off from there. Whatever the case, this guy makes his way through zombies, like Paul Bunyan does trees, and would be a much better friend, than foe! 

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

With their daughter, Samantha, stuck/missing on Mt Hood, these two are safe at the family compound, but as you can imagine, in complete distraught over what they're left to imagine while praying for her safe return, in which appears more and more unlikely... 

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Anthony serves as Leo's man in charge, at his secret camp in the hills of Rockaway Beach. A mysterious camp that the Baker family knows very little about, other than it's something Leo had been setting up, long before the apocalypse...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Behind every disturbed man, is his disturbed wife, and this would be Leo's. His son, Zane, resented her, and knew her influence on his father was as bad as his illness. An illness that allowed him to keep seeing her, after her death at the Sand Series Hotel, on day 1 of the apocalypse... 

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Griffey's Grandfather takes in Trisha during the chaos on day 1 of the apocalypse, after her family is left "dead" in the street. Once his grandpa breaks them into the Sand Series Hotel, and is responsible for the deaths of Leo's family, he then loses his own life, leaving Griffey and Trisha all alone, and to be taken in by the family who suffered at the hands of his grandfather... 

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Everyone lost loved ones on day 1 of the apocalypse, even members of the blessed Baker compound family. Wyatt and his wife Sarah, had wonderful news to share that day, but with the chaos and loss of his brother, the news is put on hold, and will eventually help provide hope, in Season 2 Episode 9, when the family begins "clearing" the beaches and creating a "dead free" zone, on a stretch of the Oregon coastline...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Brother to Wyatt, son to Hunter, grandson to Sam, and class clown of the Baker compound family, this guy finds a way to keep his personality, even into the apocalyptic world of the dead. What good is surviving, if you can't laugh? 

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Those Bakers are endless! Cousin to Wyatt and Gunner, this one belongs to Mason, and like his dad he is not one to be messed with. His leadership value begins to show in Season 2 Episode 9, while the family accomplishes the unbelievable... 

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Married to one of Grandpa Sam's grandchildren, she loses her husband during the chaos of day 1, but is left with a part of him growing inside of her...

This family uses such news, only as more motivation toward the new world, they are building...

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

A loyal leader, soldier and friend of the Baker family, this guy leads the troops into whatever mission is at hand, and uses his forces to provide crucial protection toward the safety and success of those missions. He also spends time training the survivors, in how to remain as such...     

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

A Freshman ball player coached by Zane and Blake, this kid is now a member of the Rough Riders, who serve as a secondary line of defense, whenever the compound army is elsewhere. In their spare time they remain "boys of summer", and no one more than Joshua, can appreciate the fact that baseball has survived the apocalypse...  

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

While several of the Bakers are on Mt. Hood, searching for Samantha, they find themselves prisoners of the "US Army", and find a pair of allies in Gia and Major David. Once the Major takes over command, fights off those who "abject", and frees the Bakers, he becomes known as "Mayday", and punches their ticket into the Baker family, and it's army...  

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

Named by Grover, after he hired them as moonshiners for the post apocalypse, these old timers have it good, and provide the Glenwood camp with the kind of stuff to make others "feel good"...  

illustration by Jared Souza​​​​

http://jaredsouzaart.blogspot.com/

SYNOPSIS...

Above the Dead is a Walking Dead spin-off. Different characters but same universe, world and problem...

An absolute emotional mess, and a total suspense/thriller...


FYI...the term "zombies" is used in the beginning for explanatory reasons, but not by the characters, as the term does not exist in their world/universe. Eventually, those characters will create their own term, known as "huffs". Care to know what it stands for? Read and find out!


Season 1 is brutal, but the character development it creates is something that will carry into the seasons to come, in which this family has the resources to do something that most people cannot, as they work to rebuild large sections of Oregon, and eventually into Washington, even creating "dead free" zones along stretches of the coastline...




With both wealth and wisdom working toward their survival in the upcoming apocalyptic world, this family also has a head start, working in their favor. Preparing most of his life for such an apocalypse, Sam Baker raised his family to prepare as well. He also raised them with a ton of heart.


With their support, he has a compound constructed, and over the years the family has been adding to it. Once the dead begin attacking the living, the family find themselves desperate to gather at said compound. With chaos taking over, most of the family is already secure, but where this story finds us is with Sam's son, Fish, and granddaughter, Samantha. They're stuck in the mountains trying to wait out the storm, before making their way home, to the compound.


It's not where they want to be, but with this fairly secluded property, next to a lake and huge 3-tree, tree house, that has running water and an outhouse, things could be worse. Fish and his little girl, find the tree house much safer than the cabin, and for at least the beginning of this "zombie" apocalypse, they find themselves dependent on it.


Surviving above the dead is something young Samantha begins to believe may become the way of the future. As creative as her grandfather, she begins envisioning how such a thing would be plausible. She dreams of reaching her family to share these visions, and she dreams them while leaving the mountain, through the gorge, kayaking the Columbia River, past Multnomah Falls, and into the coast range.


What will they find once reaching the family they haven't seen since before the world and its rules went to hell? Who will be leading the family? Will they be the same ones we get to know through flashbacks, before meeting them in the present world? Will Samantha see her visions come to life? The compound certainly has the resources and man power for it.


By the third season, with a group surviving at the barricaded Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, another group behind the walls built by a team of loggers, and one more in the hills of the coast, the Bakers will have themselves some neighbors!


The material is endless, so sit back and prepare for a hell of a ride, with a family that takes its greatness from the past world, into the new one...



SEASON 1 RIGHT HERE

EPISODE 1,  "Family"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/1/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 2,  "Grief"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/2/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 3,  "666"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/3/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 4,  "Jumping Ship"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/4/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 5,  "One who flew over The Cuckoo's Nest"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/5/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 6,  "Misery" (Season 1 Finale)

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/6/Above-the-Dead


SEASON 2

EPISODE 1,  "Unsteady"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/7/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 2,  "Piece of Shit"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/8/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 3,  "Riders On The Storm"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/9/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 4,  "What Can Brown Do For You"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/10/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 5,  "Stalled"  (Mid Season Finale)

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/11/Above-the-Dead


SECOND HALF

EPISODE 6, "Grover"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/12/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 7, "Rough Riders"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/13/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 8, "Show of Power" (Extended)

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/14/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 9, "Bonfire"

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/15/Above-the-Dead


EPISODE 10, "Beaverton" (Season Finale) (Extended)

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12489457/16/Above-the-Dead


FIRST HALF OF SEASON 3, COMES SPRING OF 2019!


TITLES OF THE UPCOMING SEASON 3!!!


SEASON 3

EPISODE 1, "Queen of Nike World"


EPISODE 2, "Holy Titanic" 


EPISODE 3, "Happy New Year, PA 1"


EPISODE 4, "Good Times"


EPISODE 5, "White Christmas"


SECOND HALF

EPISODE 6, "Red Christmas"


EPISODE 7, "Like Father like Son"


EPISODE 8, "Only Human"


EPISODE 9 - Undetermined

EPISODE 10 - Undetermined  


SURVIVING THE APOCALYPSE WITH AUTISM...

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13005317/1/Renee-s-journal-surviving-the-apocalypse-with-autism


SOUNDTRACK...

After the series opens with a quick scene, on the beach and in the past, it then goes into a montage scene of events, occurring that dreadful first day, of the "zombie" apocalypse. 

Leading you away from the past, and into that montage scene, is the classic, Bad Moon Rising...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YlTUDnsWMo


At the end of Episode 3, of the first season, is a twisted scene, in an episode that introduces a villain, to the story.

Eminem ft Rihanna - Love the way you lie, seemed like a perfect ending, in a scene that reveals just how diabolical, this new character can be...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiUNTdFX8G8


The first season ends in the 6th episode, with a moment, and a song, that will bring the tears...

X Ambassadors - Unsteady

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFjryf8zH_M


A bonus scene, will follow the credits, to the season one finale, and no better apocalyptic song than Radioactive - Imagine Dragons...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO_WxYC34eM


The second season opens with the immediate aftermath, of the devastating season finale, and my personal favorite, Amy Lee of Evanescence - New Way To Bleed, leads the way...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UezeSk0mIi0


Season 2, Episode 3, finds characters kayaking themselves to safety, through forest fires, weather, floating "zombies" and of course, the danger of other people!

You could say they're "riding the storm"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-SpyO6bcwc


The 4th episode of season 2, finds them using UPS as shelter, and a gassed up and ready to go, delivery truck, for transport. So of course. M.I.A. - Paper Planes, is perfect for a scene...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DISaAnMUkto


Later that same episode, after having kayaked off the mountain, and scored the delivery truck, they were kayaking for, they feel very much on the verge of completing their long journey, and making it to the safety of the highly anticipated, compound. So only one song, comes to mind...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1_OfmrPAfo


In the mid season finale, episode 2.5, another heart breaker is played, as the revelations of the tragedies, of season 1, are discovered by the family, and characters we've only read about, in flashback scenes. Until they catch up with us, in time, and with tons of emotion...

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8AWFf7EAc4


Season 2, second half is about the aftermath, of the mid season finale, and in episode 9, the family finds itself, ending a week of grieving, with a mission that gives them an excuse to drink, celebrate, and ease some of their recent pain, and it just so happens, that playing extremely loud music, is a part of their mission, as much as it is a reason, to party!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ztENhDCmu8


Later in episode 9, the family is again in need of playing loud music, to fulfill their mission, and before it begins, a special announcement is made, that gives them even more hope, and reason to celebrate! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-WYxwg94L4


In the Season 2 finale (episode 10), Zane finds himself away from his family, and suddenly motivated, to do whatever it takes, while leading a different group, into battle, with his masterminded creativity, as an advantage... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M66U_DuMCS8


Also in the finale, Leo finds himself a complete mess, and in need of leaving the compound, for another mysterious camp...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwb7JemfU2I


Season 2 ends with the same song the mid season finale ended with, except with a more positive beat, and different voices, as the dark cloud of the mid season finale, is lifted, and hope is restored, to the Baker family... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRP8d7hhpoQ