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Fear the Walking Dead cast talk character evolution and second half of Season 4 at SDCC

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Jul 20, 2018, 7:47 PM EDT (Updated)

After the mind-blowing mid-season finale of Fear the Walking Dead, the cast and producers descended upon their San Diego Comic-Con press conference today to discuss the action thus far, and what we can expect from the second half of Season 4.

We were joined by cast members Alycia Debman-Carey (Alicia), Colman Domingo (Strand), Danay Garcia (Luciana), Lennie James (Morgan), Jenna Elfman (Naomi), Garret Dillahunt (John), and Maggie Grace (Althea). Also on hand were creators Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg, Scott Gimple, and Michael Satrazemis.

Most of the discussion revolved around how the actors feel about the evolution of their characters. Debman-Carey spoke about Alicia's growth from the beginning of the series. "She went from a teenage girl to a fearless warrior, losing everyone she knows."

Her transformation was kind of a prequel of sorts to Debman-Carey's The 100 character, Lexa. She was already a warrior on that show and was molded into one on FTWD. Debman-Carey also spoke to why all these characters are drawn to one another. "Every character on the show are basically orphans because they've all lost the ones closest to them." That's the kinship that keeps them together as a group.

James discussed how important it was to get the transition of Morgan from The Walking Dead to Fear the Walking Dead just right. "There would be no point to the crossover if it was just a gimmick. It has to broaden the story." The complexities of Morgan's character make him the perfect choice to do just that.

Among the newer cast members, Dillahunt was nervous with the introduction of John. "It's a little weird [in this world] to be walking around with a gun on both hips. But it was a great introduction to the character."

The discussion then moved to what we can expect from the second half of Season 4. Gimple talked about the impending natural disaster. "We talked about it for The Walking Dead, but it didn't fit with the show. This season has shown that FWTD has a "tonal elasticity" to it [making it a better fit].

As far as what fans have to look forward to during the second half of the season, Goldberg said the themes would be "redemption. There are characters that want to make up for some of the things they've done. It's also about hope and keeping Madison's legacy alive."

Fear the Walking Dead returns Aug. 12 on AMC.

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