Erickson told TVLine, “If you marked off the days [that have passed on air since ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ debuted], I think right now, by the end of the first half [of Season 2], we’re getting very close to Rick waking up in Georgia,” adding, “[‘Fear The Walking Dead’ survivors have] arrived at a place where they’re up to speed on how one deals with the apocalypse and the dead.”
The writer-producer went on to address fan frustrations, saying they’re a result of the earlier timeframe: “By the end of the first [zombie movie] reel, everybody knows the score and is able to kill [the undead] without any thought. They become very practiced at it very quickly. And that was something we wanted to avoid. We wanted to [instead] try to balance expectations of how people should behave once they know there are zombies with this sort of attempted slow burn into the apocalypse from a character standpoint.”
Erickson continued, “That creates frustrations, to a certain degree, because in some instances, you want [the characters] to get it already. And in some circumstances, the things that they do that don’t seem particularly zombie-savvy are, for me, moments where they aren’t zombie-savvy.”
“Fear the Walking Dead” returns from its hiatus on Sunday, August 21 at 9/8c, on AMC.
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