Fear the Walking Dead producers promise things 'we haven't seen before' at SDCC

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Jul 23, 2016, 1:09 PM EDT

The Walking Dead spinoff will up its game for the back half of its second season.

Perhaps it's the mixed reviews that the first half of Season 2 has gotten so far, but the producers and cast of Fear the Walking Dead said at Comic-Con on Friday (July 22) that things are going to take a very different turn for the seven episodes that begin next month with the Aug. 21 mid-season premiere.

“We're going to see a level of intensity and violence in the back half that we haven't seen before," promised showrunner Dave Erickson, while executive producer Gale Anne Hurd added, ""We are probably going to see a lot of things you haven't seen on television before during the zombie apocalypse."

One thing we won't be seeing is Strand's yacht: The group is now splintered, but have their feet firmly back on the ground, with Madison (Kim Dickens), Strand (Colman Domingo), Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) on the road and looking for both Nick (Frank Dillane) and Travis (Cliff Curtis). According to the new trailer, the quartet stumbles upon a seemingly abandoned hotel that is undoubtedly not going to be a safe haven.

As for Nick, he's on a spiritual quest with walkers that takes him to a new encampment, where he meets Luciana (Danay Garcia) and is introduced to what seems to be an uneasy hybrid of a gang and a religious organization, while Travis and son Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) are also trying to make it on their own.

During the panel, Dickens hinted that it's quite possible Madison and Strand could get more than a little friendly in her boyfriend Travis' absence, saying, "One night they might get drunk ..." For his part, Domingo suggested that he'd like to see the show poke under Strand's chilly exterior and show a different side to the enigmatic character.

We do know that Domingo can dance up a storm, with the highlight of a short blooper reel being him going all Michael Jackson on the bridge of the yacht as "Beat It" plays in the background. Another amusing moment was when Henrie was asked how the show has changed him personally: When he responded that it had opened his eyes more to bullying, moderator Chris Hardwick and a good portion of the crowd (us included) thought the actor had said "bowling."

Perhaps the second half of Season 2 will feature a bowling tournament? Now, that would be different ...