Though fans are still geeking out at the direction of the flagship series this year, the other zombie show is also returning to the air soon. So what’s next for AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead?
The cast and crew behind the spinoff series participated in a panel at PaleyFest, talking up the show’s new direction now that the Los Angeles setting has been established (and seemingly abandoned) in the first season. As has been teased already, executive producer Dave Erickson told Variety that Season 2 will find the ragtag LA survivors hitting the high seas in search of a safer location to settle down.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“[They’re looking] to find a place where they can drop anchor and stay, ultimately. The Abigail (the ship) has a fairly expansive range — there is Hawaii, there is Vancouver; we don’t know when we first hit the water which direction we’re going to go.”
Though you’re still telling two stories in the same zombie-filled world, sending a group of survivors off on a ship is certainly a unique spin on the story to better differentiate it from the main series. On paper, seeking safety at sea seems like a smart move — so it’ll be interesting to see how this (almost certainly) goes terribly wrong along the way.
As for the chances we’ll ever see these two casts meet up? Ericsson said it “would be difficult,” considering the “chronology is so far apart, and there’s a continent between them.” Which, yeah, fair point. If anything, you might could have a character cross over in a flashback/prequel way, though it’d still be hard to explain how a character survives a cross-country journey.
Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead premieres April 10 on AMC.