Fear the Walking Dead showrunner says the finale will be the deadliest episode yet

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Sep 30, 2015, 7:50 PM EDT (Updated)

Last night’s penultimate episode of AMC's horror drama series Fear the Walking Dead brought the eagerly anticipated revelation that everyone was infected, taking the show one tiny step closer to its sister series, The Walking Dead.

Not only that, but one major character bit the dust, and that’s just the beginning, because the number of deaths will radically increase in the Season 1 finale. Stuff's about to get real, y'all. And about time it did.


In an interesting and lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Dave Erickson talked about just how deadly the show will get in the upcoming finale. (Hint: It's about to get VERY deadly.)

“It will be the deadliest episode of the season. There's a ticking clock. Travis, Madison, Daniel, Alicia and Chris are going to find out that their community isn't safe anymore. They're not going to have the protection that they thought they thought they would [with the National Guard], and they still don't have their family back [with Nick, Liza and Griselda, the latter of whom they think is still alive]. Travis' efforts to save Nick, Griselda and Liza didn't work, and we don't really get to comment on it. What Daniel did worked and now he has information and pieces that are going to enable the group to hopefully take some action going into the finale and try to save their people — and themselves.”

Since we learned “Cobalt” was a code for the National Guard to evacuate the L.A. Basin, Erickson talked about whether this meant it was an order to “give up on civilization” and teased what viewers can expect to see in Season 2.

“No, it's a tactical retreat, and there's a reference we'll hear later. They're retreating to a place we'll discuss in the finale. The idea is that this groundswell of the turn grows exponentially and it's trying as best we can to imagine what happens in Atlanta and in the comic originally and figuring out the steps that took place between Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) accident and him coming out of his coma [on The Walking Dead]. Going into season two, we still have to play with it because we're not quite at that point yet. We're not going to end the season exactly at the moment where Rick came to and went out to explore and find Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl (Chandler Riggs). There are still things for our characters to discover. We have a better understanding of what the walkers are and that they're dead and not coming back. That's still something that Travis wrestles with. But he's going to have his come-to-Jesus moment fairly soon. Season two allows our characters to still wander and assume that there's got to be a safe haven — there has to be a city or a state that hasn't fallen. What we don't have yet is the benefit of [The Walking Dead season one] CDC episodes. We're not going to have one person categorically say to us, "Guess what: The world is gone." It creates this strange conflict between hope and despair because if you think there might be a place where everything is OK, it motivates you to keep going — but at the same time, when you're confronted with devastation, it gets depressing. That will be something we tap into next season.”

Check out the trailer and a cool sneak peek for Fear the Walking Dead’s season finale, “The Good Man,” below, and let us know what you think. Who do you believe will die next?


(via THR)