Showrunner Dave Erickson promises a “bloodier and more zombie” ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ than ever before when season three returns.
“This is evolution.”
Thus far, season three has featured some heavy exploration of Madison (Kim Dickens), the show’s central figure, as it’s revealed she killed her abusive father in her past. For Dickens, it’s been an exciting avenue to go down. “Madison is transitioning from protecting her family and her extended family to protecting the ranch,” she said. In doing so, the character is taking on the leadership role she was born to fill after the death of Jeremiah Otto (Dayton Callie) in the midseason finale.
Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) is in a very different frame of mind than his former ally, though. While the two characters have yet to cross paths this season, once they do meet once again he will have some very interesting information to share after being in contact with a Russian astronaut in orbit that tells him the zombie plague is worldwide.
“It’s a sobering moment. Not only has Strand lost Abigail — and Abigail the boat — but he now realizes there is no place he can go to where life is normal,” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd explained. “I think it means they’ve come to the realization that they’ll have to form their own community and rebuild it in a way they never imagined. This is the new lay of the land and the zombie apocalypse isn’t going to be over anytime soon.”
The panel also touched on Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and her relationship with Jake Otto (Sam Underwood) and some of the negative reactions the actress has seen to it on social media.
“A lot of people were annoyed that they had a young female character standing next to a boyfriend kind of character,” Debnam-Carey said. “I think it’s a nice moment to show that this is actually a young person just trying to be normal and fill in some of the gaps she missed out on in college and her youth.”
The actress points out that the relationship is “her decision” and isn’t the typical coupling you’ll see on TV. “It doesn’t have to be about her falling in love with someone or wanting to be with someone,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be that relationship. I think what’s nice about it is Alicia goes for it.”
As for footage, the panel debuted the first trailer for the return of season three, and as executive producer Dave Erickson promised those in attendance, “we get a lot bolder and bloodier and more zombie than we’ve ever been on the show.”
Following the death of Jeremiah, Walker (Michael Greyeyes) proposes an alliance with the inhabitants of Otto Ranch with the goal of simply surviving against the growing numbers of the dead. However, as the trailer shows, it’s an incredibly uneasy alliance at best. And it’s an alliance Troy (Daniel Sharman) is aching to break before it blows up in his face.
It may be an important one to keep if the hordes shown in the look at the new episodes has anything to say about it. As the zombies press in on the ranch, putting everyone in danger, Troy perhaps sums it up best, saying, “This is evolution.” The law of the land is now survival of the fittest.
The rest of the season isn’t just about zombies, though. There’s also a bunch of reunions on the way. After being splintered since season two, not only will Madison and Strand meet back up, but she’ll also cross paths with Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades). While not shown in the trailer, this will hopefully lead to a reunion of Salazar and his daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason), who has joined up with Walker’s group.
Naturally, a panel about The Walking Dead’s universe wouldn’t be complete without a little talk about a potential crossover between the two shows. Leave is to executive producer Robert Kirkman to keep the possibility alive in the eyes of fans.
“It’s really a question of timeline. The Walking Dead season eight is so far ahead of Fear the Walking Dead season three,” he said. “I think that it’s something we’d love to try and work out. I think the fans would love it. It’s complicated because of that gap but it’s something we’d love to do eventually.”
Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sept. 10.