While Season 2 has only recently premiered, AMC just gave the nod to a third season of the zombie apocalypse show Fear The Walking Dead. The spinoff prequel to The Walking Dead is set to continue as the actors head to the high seas off the West Coast of the U.S.A.
The LA Times reports that AMC President, Charlie Collier, is obviously impressed with David Erickson and Robert Kirkman’s zombie apocalypse show, as he said the following on Friday in a statement, “What Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman have invented in Fear the Walking Dead is to be applauded.”
“Watching Los Angeles crumble through the eyes of our characters and seeing each make decisions and try to figure out the rules of their new world — it’s fresh, eerie and compelling and we’re all in for the ride.”
The LA Times quoted executive producer Dave Erickson last week as saying, “Los Angeles is one thing, but there’s something very discomforting about being in the middle of the ocean.”
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According to Erickson, it is a personal phobia of his to be stuck in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by others who have also taken to the water, saying, “the danger they represent, is a different kind of claustrophobia.”
After giving us a respite from the apocalypse on land in Los Angeles and heading to sea, Erickson did say the show will eventually return to dry land, after coming episodes will explore what it would be like to be an “apocalyptic refugee.”
As reported by the Huffington Post, this is the first time a zombie apocalypse series has taken to the high seas and in FTWD, it is Victor Strand’s big and fancy yacht named Abigail that features. While initially fans might think a luxurious yacht is definitely the way to go to escape the zombies, it turns out this isn’t strictly speaking the case.
Without giving away too many spoilers in case readers haven’t seen the first episode, in the season 2 premiere, we see the seven survivors board the yacht as the walking dead swarm all over Strand’s luxury beachfront estate. They then get to stand watching as the military bombs LA from offshore in a dramatic and eerie night spectacle.
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While everyone might think for a while our heroes are safe on board the yacht, Alicia reaches out using the on board radio to chat with a man named Jack who says their boat is sinking and they need help. She inadvertently gives away their location and when she reveals this fact to Strand he is angry, saying she has put them all at risk. Shortly after this, they discover an overturned vessel, riddled with bullet holes and a whole load of zombies, resulting from an attack.
Realizing that this might relate to the alleged “Jack,” they discover a vessel is closing on them, traveling fast at 25 knots, while Strand’s yacht can only go at a maximum speed of 20 knots. Now fans have to wait for episode two to find out what happens next.
Speaking of the upcoming third season, according to AMC, Fear The Walking Dead will continue in 2017 with 16 additional episodes, which makes it six episodes up from season 1 and only 15 in the second season.
For those who like to pick the show apart after each episode, Talking Dead: Fear, the live talk show hosted by Chris Hardwick, has also been renewed for a third season and will follow each episode.
FTWD is currently No. 2 on cable behind The Walking Dead and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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