Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson dropped a few intriguing tidbits about the show’s upcoming second season. And to help whet our appetite for the zombie drama’s sophomore season, AMC has also released a very cool piece of key art.
In a new lengthy interview with Variety, Erickson talked about our blended group of West Coast zombie survivors who include Travis (Cliff Curtis), his son Christopher (Lorenzo James Henrie), Travis' GF Madison (Kim Dickens), her kids Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) and her dad Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades) who all got together with mysterious rich guy Victor Strand (Colman Domingo).
When we left off at the end of Season 1, the group was hoping to do the whole "Escape from L.A." thing on Strand’s yacht, Abigail. But as all the promo stuff we’ve seen so far tells us, there’s no safe harbor from the walkers, even at sea. Here's what Erickson says we can expect when our group goes out on the water:
“One of the exciting things this season is, because of the water work and because we’re going to take our force-blended family and put them onto a yacht and stick them in the middle of the ocean, it creates a whole different dynamic. The levels of anxiety and tension and paranoia you get from that are pretty interesting — and being stuck in the middle of the ocean is one of my greatest fears.
We make it to the yacht and our big question is “what is our final destination now?” It’s one thing to have escaped land, it’s another to think “where do we [go]” … The good thing about The Abigail is that as a boat, it’s a vessel we can live on for quite some time, which has its advantages but is also something that others might potentially envy. And what we will learn is we weren’t the only people with the bright idea to go to the water. You’ve got thousands of miles of coastline, and I think one of the interesting themes for us in the first several episodes is this question of displacement; we’ve literally watched our home be destroyed and we know we can’t go back – there’s no going home again, so where do we go?”
Now that he's essentially told us what Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead will be about, Erickson also touched upon what the upcoming 15-episode series most definitely won’t be.
“What I can tell you it is not: It is not gonna be “The Love Boat” with zombies; we’re not gonna be stopping at different ports of call. We will have a mixture of land and sea, but it will be a while before we land on a specific destination, and that’ll be part of the tension at the beginning part of the season. And the other thing is, The Abigail with a full tank of gas – which it has – can go a considerable distance. So the reality is, we could go back to Vancouver if we wanted to – or we could go to Hawaii or South America; it really opens things up in an interesting way.”
For those wondering if there'll be a time jump between the end of Season 1 and the start of Season 2, Erickson sorta says yes, but it won’t be a big one since it was extremely important to him not to gloss over the terrible losses the characters have experienced by the end of the season. He also wanted to make sure that they (and us) had their proper introduction to the boat.
“I didn’t want to jump too far down the road and have it become pat by the time we got there, that they’re tying knots and they’ve become seamen. I thought that would be a little too abrupt. So there will be a time cut, but it will not be a dramatic one.”
Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead will premiere on April 10.