Fear The Walking Dead is getting ready to premiere season 2 on AMC in just a few weeks. In preparation for the upcoming season, FTWD showrunner Dave Erickson spoke about the series on a panel during Paleyfest and revealed some new information about where the companion series is headed. While it looks like Nick Clark and his family may be safe while cruising on a yacht during the zombie apocalypse, we have learned that no one is safe. Keep reading for spoilers about season 2 of FTWD and how the series will overcome the semi-warm reception of season 1.
There has been a lot of talk about walker abilities after a trailer involving Nick was shown and it really looked like the undead were swimming. Fans of the AMC zombie shows got a little upset at the thought that a walker could swim, causing them to be even scarier than ever before. It turns out that’s not exactly how it works though and according to Deadline, Erickson was on hand to explain how they remain a threat even when everyone thinks they are safe sailing the ocean on a big boat.
Rather than swimming, it turns out that walkers can float and wade through the water. Since they don’t actually breathe oxygen, they don’t drown and instead, they just kind of bob up and down in the water but it doesn’t kill them. That makes sense, as much as anything does in a post-apocalyptic world that is overrun by these infected former people.
Season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead will test alliances as the Clark family ends up sailing off on a Yacht owned and operated by Victor Strand. The yacht captain takes the family aboard in an attempt to escape the walkers, quickly learning that nowhere is safe.
“What people find out fairly quickly is that we weren’t the only people who had the bright idea to leave land,” Erickson said of the new season. “There is going to be threats and obstacles and conflict on sea and on land.”
There have also been questions about whether Fear The Walking Dead will ever crossover with The Walking Dead or if any of the characters from one AMC show might appear on the other. Erickson addressed that the possible crossover and said that it will not happen. The distance between the two shows, with one now being in the Washington, D.C. area and the other in southern California, make it impossible for the characters to move from one place to the other. Not to mention that Fear The Walking Dead is actually a prequel and the time frame is much earlier than Rick Grimes and his group.
“No. That’s the one straight answer I can give you.” Erickson said of a possible AMC crossover. “Finding a way to intersect them would be difficult.”
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“As long as we don’t make up new zombie rules we can pretty much do whatever we want,” Erickson said of Fear The Walking Dead and plans for further seasons. That means the rules that are already in play on The Walking Dead stay the rules and fans won’t get upset by flying zombies or something that doesn’t make sense.
Season 2 of Fear The Walking Dead premieres on AMC on April 10 at 9/8 p.m. The sophomore season for the TWD spinoff will be 15 episodes long and will have a midseason finale and premiere just like its predecessor. FTWD has received rave reviews for season 2, with many critics saying the AMC series has improved greatly over its premiere season. This is must-see-TV for The Walking Dead fans who will appreciate the story progression and may even enjoy the replacement show as more than just a distraction on Sunday nights.
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