The first season of Fear The Walking Dead has come to an end and despite the mixed reviews, it looks like the second season is already moving ahead.
Showrunner David Erickson promises a change for the second season and it does sound like it could be good: “There will be quite a bit of action on the seas – and we’ll split it between land and water, but it’s going to be an interesting dynamic.”
OK, so this immediately got us excited and thinking about the amazing scene in the World War Z book where the zombies attacked underwater. But, no. “My understanding is that walkers can’t swim. The Governor (David Morrissey on ‘The Walking Dead’) killed somebody and tossed him into the lake. You see the walker underwater, he’s submerged and is trying to get up. I think there was something weighing him down so he couldn’t float. I have to confirm this with [‘Fear’ co-creator] Robert [Kirkman] but walkers can’t swim — I’m sure they’d eventually bloat.”
The focus, however, will remain on the characters and how they get through the events lying ahead of them: “They know the city has fallen and know things are incredibly bad and they know that this is happening in other states and potentially other countries but they haven’t had anybody say to them, ‘The world is over; this is our extinction event,'” Erickson said.
“That’s something they’ll have to process as they move through season two as well. If I were them, I’d be thinking that there has to be some place to go. Maybe it’s an island. I don’t know. But there’s got to be a place where this contagion hasn’t touched. But we the audience know that’s not true and that will be the next blow that they suffer.”
There’s spoilers beyind, folks so if you haven’t seen it all yet, you might want want to quit here…
Not all the characters will return, however. Erickson makes it clear that some characters have met their end in this story: “If we bring any of those characters back, I want it to feel organic. Look at how they’re bringing Morgan (Lennie James) back into ‘The Walking Dead.’ It has to develop in the same way — but Adams is not dead. I have a feeling that Exner is probably not coming back.. In my mind, she was planning to use that cattle pistol on herself. Her mission has failed and she had a look into what our characters don’t understand yet: this is the end. She is left in a place where I don’t think she sees any way to bounce back from it. We have no plans for Exner right now.”
As for the timeline? Well, a period of time will have passed before the story re-opens: “There’s too much emotional weight coming off of the finale and the loss of Liza and Griselda. We didn’t want to jump too far because there’s an obligation to see the aftermath of that and see how that impacts our characters as they try to wrestle with it.”
Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC in 2016. The Walking Dead returns this Sunday in the US and Monday in the UK