As Season 6 of “The Walking Dead” begins to wrap up, fans everywhere are already looking ahead to the return of AMC’s companion series “Fear the Walking Dead.” Season 2 of the spinoff zombie drama will return on April 10 with a new setting that’s loosely inspired by know-it-all fans of the flagship series.
For those that are unfamiliar, “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 1 ended with the group of survivors [SPOILER ALERT] escaping the National Guard’s poor containment strategy. They retreated to their new friend Strand’s (Colman Domingo) mansion where he revealed a luxury yacht named “Abigail.” In the most recent trailers for the show’s return, life at sea has been the big plot point to take away, and now fans have a little insight as to what brought the show to such a unique location in the first place.
According to SlashFilm, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd was speaking at the 2016 PaleyFest’s “Fear the Walking Dead” panel to discuss the nautical theme of the show’s upcoming run following the events of the Season 1 finale. In short, she confessed that, while the topic came up naturally, it’s an area that countless fans previously thought was safe.
“Many, many fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ said that they had the solution to the zombie apocalypse,” she said. “They’d take a boat and go to sea. Well, you know what? They’re going to find out whether that was really the answer or not. I think some of what they’ll see will surprise them.”
Although many people have used the ocean as their go-to infallible survival strategy, “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 2 will actually tackle the logistics of living at sea. According to Variety, producer Dave Erickson said the group’s first goal aboard “Abigail” will be to find safety. However, given the ship’s value and the fact that it could take them to the reaches of Hawaii or Vancouver, he says that they’ll be plagued by indecision.
Given the fact that, by and large, zombies can’t swim, a boat seems like the best place for the survivors of “Fear the Walking Dead” to figure out their next step. However, as fans of the show and the connected “The Walking Dead” know, there’s no such thing as a completely safe place. New teasers indicate that the real threat to the group won’t necessarily be the cadre of walkers that have overtaken L.A., but rather those who lived.
“We’re out at sea, and we’re not the only ones out there, basically,” star Cliff Curtis told The Huffington Post. “There’s a whole bunch of people who have the same idea as us. I’m having a great time with the new script. There’s no more slow burn. That’s done with. And a lot more going on.”
“Fear the Walking Dead” returns on April 10 on AMC.