Season 1 of AMC’s companion program to The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead broke cable records to become the number one new release of 2015. Now, AMC has confirmed production has started on season 2.
The first season of Fear The Walking Dead concluded with the core characters potentially embarking on a sea voyage. Fear creators then went on to confirm with Entertainment Weekly that season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead will continue in the nautical theme for at least some time into the second season. Now Fear’s showrunner, David Ericsson, has announced production of Fear’s second season will take place in the Baja peninsula of Mexico.
“We are thrilled to be starting production and even more thrilled to be shooting in Mexico. Baja Studios has been home to some of the greatest ocean-set films in recent years and provides all the creative resources we need to begin this new chapter in the Fear saga. We couldn’t be happier.”
As IGN pointed out, Baja is the very same place the Titanic movie was filmed. Entertainment Weekly also announced that Fear would get some titanic help via the massive water tank created for the movie. So — just for fun — we thought we would have a look at what a Fear The Walking Dead/Titanic mash up would look like.
While the iceberg in the Titanic movie was the obvious baddie, in Fear The Walking Dead, zombies are the major threat. But, in season 1 of Fear, the zombies were lacking in numbers. To reach epic iceberg proportions, season 2 could include the cast hitting a floating mound of zombies dumped at sea after the government told the remaining unaffected general public that the undead were indeed sinkable.
Fear The Walking Dead will be narrated by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman in place of the elderly Rose DeWitt Bukater. The season 2 finale will include Kirkman throwing the very valuable zombie origin hypothesis notes overboard Strand’s boat where they sink to the bottom of the ocean and are consumed by a sunken zombie.
Which characters from Fear The Walking Dead would replace those in Titanic? Let’s have a look at some possibilities.
- Jack Dawson. The obvious choice for this character is Fear The Walking Dead’s Nick (played by Frank Dillane). Jack was a homeless man who won his ticket in a poker game. Nick is a homeless guy who could have “won” a ticket from the pocket of a dead junkie.
- Rose DeWitt Bukater. In Titanic, Rose is a strong female character stifled by the hierarchy of social standing. After Rose has an illicit relationship with Jack, she realizes she has to follow her heart and not what is socially expected of her. In Fear The Walking Dead, the only character strong enough to fill this role would be Nick’s mother, Madison (Kim Dickens). While this could make season 2 of Fear incestuously creepy, if the “love affair” storyline was replaced with a “mother’s love” storyline, season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead becomes more about Madison having to choose who gets the last place on the boat not infested with zombies; herself or her son. Her choice could make the ending of season 2 of Fear completely different to the ending in Titanic — or not.
- Caledon Nathan “Cal” Hockley. This character was the one everyone loved to hate in Titanic as Rose’s fiance. If we follow this logic into Fear The Walking Dead, Travis (Cliff Curtis) is the obvious choice to fill this role. In season 1 of Fear The Walking Dead, Travis was annoyingly moral in his judgement of the undead, leading many fans to want him to be the first major character bitten by a zombie. However, by the season 1 finale, Travis has redeemed himself somewhat, something that never happened with Cal in Titanic.
- Captain Edward John Smith. In Titanic, the captain had a moral code that included going down with the sinking ship. In Fear The Walking Dead, it is unlikely Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) as the captain of his ship is likely to hold such high morals. Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) certainly has codes he adheres to — even if they are not as morally right as the captain’s. But, if there was ever someone who says something and sticks to it one hundred percent, it’s Daniel.
- J. Bruce Ismay. In Titanic, Ismay convinced the captain to speed up and try to complete the Titanic’s journey in record time. This, ultimately, sealed the fate for the ship’s meeting with an iceberg in 1912. Only Victor Strand is charismatic and forceful enough to fill this role in Fear The Walking Dead. But will his decision to board a ship during the zombie apocalypse meet with as much calamity as in Titanic?
- Thomas Andrews. This is the man who designed the Titanic. While the ship was touted as “unsinkable,” Andrews correctly stated that it was mathematically possible to sink the Titanic. In Fear The Walking Dead, it would be interesting to see any one of the young adults fill this role. Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) was thorough in searching for her boyfriend. Christopher (Lorenzo Henrie) was determined to have the truth told when the riots were occurring in season 1 of Fear, and Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) can be just as malleable as she can be assertive depending on the situation.
Fear The Walking Dead returns to AMC for season 2 with an extended 15 episodes in 2016.
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