SPOILER ALERT: Read if you have already watched this year's 4 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead.
Fear the Walking Dead reviewed many changes before the start of its fourth season. There were several new role-players (Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, Jenna Elfman), new show runners (Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, who took over for Dave Erickson), a new setting and location (Texas) and a character shifting from The Walking Dead to the sister show (Lennie James "Morgan").
Questions abounded how this would be translated into the screen, and now we have our answers. The season 4 Fear premiere showed us how Morgan went from one show to another (walking, driving and driving from Virginia to Texas), introducing him to new friends (Dillahunt John Dorie and Grace & # 39 ; s Althea) and enemies (some jerkface is called Leland and his cronies). And in the end, the old school and the new school went together like Morgan, John and Althea had weapons on them by Alicia, Frank, Strand and Luciana from the original cast.
Not only that, but there was a big surprise in the form of three other Walking Dead characters that go over to Fear albeit briefly. Andrew Lincoln's Rick, Melissa McBride's Carol and Tom Payne's Jesus also appeared at the beginning of the episode ̵
We talked with incoming Fear showrunners Chambliss and Goldberg about the secret scenes and everything that went down in the season premiere. (See also to read our interview with Lennie James and the franchisee Scott M. Gimple's remarks about getting Rick, Carol and Jesus to look at Fear the Walking Dead .)
Entertainment Weekly: Talk to me about the transition here, because we not only Morgan pass over, but Rick, Carol and Jesus too. How excited did you get them involved when they see Morgan in this new world?
ANDREW CHAMBLISS : I mean we were proud. We started talking that Morgan went over to the show and it just felt like Morgan could not leave The Walking Dead without having any last moments with some of our favorite characters. Ian and I logged in to make Fear the Walking Dead and then when we were lucky enough to get Lennie to join the show when we took Morgan over. I do not think we ever dreamed that we could write for Rick, Carol and Jesus. So it was kind of a very exciting moment when we realized that all the pieces were up. It was also a big responsibility to get these last moments between these characters and shoot a really cool set like the height. We were just proud to be able to do that.
IAN GOLDBERG: The other exciting thing for us to have these moments with Rick, Jesus and Carol is that these are three people Morgan has spent a long, long time near. These are people who are very important in their lives. The things they say to him when they visit the hopes are very many things that emotional Morgan will carry with him throughout the season. So, even if he goes and runs away from The Walking Dead these words and what they mean for Morgan to reason so he carries a piece of Rick, Carol and Jesus with him .
So when we meet Morgan here, he's back to not killing the situation. He even tries to help the only baddie he is fighting on the roof. Is the non-death policy sustainable, though?
GOLDBERG: Well, we'll see. I mean, we've seen Morgan on The Walking Dead runs the gap between violence and nonviolence and goes back and forth earlier. One of the things he says in our premiere section of Fear is what happened to him when he loses people. He loses people and he loses himself and that is why he runs away from people. He tries to be alone because one of the nonviolent ways can work if you do not just attach people. That's something Morgan struggles with, regardless of whether he can stay close to people he might lose.
CHAMBLISS: I will say that Morgans travel this season on Fear will be about the question: How can Morgan be with people with the danger of his history behind him and know what can happen at any time. Because this is a world where you never know when you can lose someone, and for Morgan, the fear of who he can become when he loses someone is stronger than joining new people.
Let's talk about some of these people. During the very first minute of the show he meets John Dorie, played by Garret Dillahunt. Unlike Morgan, he's a guy who almost wants a business, right?
CHAMBLISS: Exact. When you meet him in the very first frame, and the whole episode in the section, John speaks to someone who may or may not be there. We get the feeling that it does not matter to him that it was only long since he opened because he even had the luster of being able to share someone whom he launched in this monologue about who he is and what he is doing .
You can really get a sense of its longing for a certain connection. Writing such a great monologue with a new character at the beginning of the season is a little unnerving, but we were lucky we could throw Garret like John Dorie, and the minute we saw him performing the monologist, we knew Garret was John Dorie and that we like this guy. We want to know more about this guy. We hope the audience joins him the same way.
What happens to him to constantly offer people candy?
GOLDBERG: I would say you continued to watch because John's love of candy is something we will explore when the season continues. There is an innocence against him, despite being an incredibly skilled fighter and apparently a skilled gunman in this world. There is an ease with him and an innocence and a need to connect with people. There is so much of what he is looking for. He talks about someone whom he was divorced from, the woman's name is Laura whom he seeks and wants to reconnect with.
Will we ever meet this Laura woman with the same gun?
CHAMBLISS: I find it safe to say that John's search for her will get her ups and downs, and he will not give up, and maybe we will cross roads with her. When, where, how – they are very surprises and, as said, some ups and downs for John on that trip.
GOLDBERG: There are many obstacles to finding
Yes, some dead, some alive, right?
GOLDBERG: That's right!
Let's talk about the other newcomer here we have in Althea, placed by Maggie Grace, who apparently has survived Hurricane Heist. What's the story of where she got this crazy armored SWAT vehicle?
GOLDBERG: We feel incredibly lucky to have Maggie playing Althea. Of course, we meet her in the exhibition a rather dramatic entrance. She is running a SWAT van, and we see how she had ripped it up with her guns and gun gates. But the other that we think is so fascinating about Althea or Al is that she is someone who does pretty much the same thing she did in the apocalypse she did before. She is collecting stories. She is a journalist. She is interested in who people are, where they came from who they crossed. We do not learn a little about her. She's on the other side of the camera. She is the one who asks the questions. So where she got the SWAT van, she is not ready to talk about it yet, and we will not know about it for a long time.
What is her ultimate goal with these stories? Does she think: "Hello, one day, maybe we will return to normal in this society and then we can tell this story of what happened." Is this the ultimate goal for her?
CHAMBLISS: I think that much of what she does is preparing for the future and trying to find out how people survived – and beyond how people survive, what comes out when people are drawn to their limits. In the premiere we see both sides of it. We see characters like John Dorie and Morgan, which kind of revealed the best sides of themselves during the match in the trailer park. Then we see the other side of it with Leland and his crew, where they really are out for themselves and they do not really care what they are doing for anyone. So I think Al is just fascinated by the spectrum of people's reactions to this world. We see some tips that are just a little more motivating than just gathering stories.
GOLDBERG: It's such a good moment where Morgan talks about the interview around her and really pushes her and says why her asking is so important. He never gets the answer, but I think the silence comes from Al is as much as if she had actually given him an answer.
What can you say about this 51 flag marker we see in this episode because GOLDBERG: I would say you will not be disappointed if you keep watching because that flag comes to be investigated and it may not be the only one.
CHAMBLISS : It's definitely a hacker of things to come. Al did not lie when she said she saw them pop up across the landscape. We can, as Ian said, begin to see some more of these things.
Before we get up, give us a little regret about what's going on. We end up with the new guard coming over the old guard, which pulls them fast in the middle of the road.
CHAMBLISS: I would say the last line of the episode, This thing as Al says, "What's your story?" We begin to answer that question in section 402.
GOLDBERG: Just to add it when we see Luciana, Nick, Strand and Alicia, they seem to be in a rather dark place at the end of premiere. As we begin to see more of their history, we will slowly unpack how they got there.
CHAMBLISS: They may be in a different place from where we saw them at the end
Also, read our interview with Lennie James and franchise supervisor Scott M. Gimples comments about getting Rick, Carol and Jesus to make a look on Fear the Walking Dead.
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