The first season of “Fear the Walking Dead” just ended, but fans and showrunner David Erickson are already looking toward the future — a future that Erickson revealed includes some high seas horror.
“There will be quite a bit of action on the seas — and we’ll split it between land and water,” Erickson told The Hollywood Reporter. “But it’s going to be an interesting dynamic.”
However, this doesn’t necessarily guarantee a pirates versus zombie situation, as Erickson pointed out in his interview with THR, as far as he knows, zombies can’t function underwater.
“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.”
Don’t be discouraged though, as Erickson confirms there will still be plenty of action in the series’ second season. However, the heart of the show still remains the character and their struggles in this brand new world, one that’s familiar to fans but still vastly unknown on many levels to the series stars.
“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 explained. “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.”
Not all characters will return though. While Erickson admitted he would love to bring back certain characters when the time is right, he believes the story of some others have ended.
“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,” he told THR. “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.”
Erickson also confirmed there will be a short time jump from the end of season one into the beginning of season two, but the jump won’t be too dramatic.
“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.
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