AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead is heading out to sea.
The prequel series will kick off its second half with a mild time jump after the horrific events of season one that saw the show’s central blended family handle the death of one of their own. They’re now partnered with the mysterious Strand (new series regular Colman Domingo) who is leading Travis (Cliff Curtis), Madison (Kim Dickens) and their brood to his extravagant yacht as L.A. burns.
What’s the theme of season two?
Quality of displacement. We’ve got a group of people who have been removed from their homes and there’s a great sense of mourning and grieving. They’ve all lost loved ones over the course of season one and are in a fragile place. On top of that, they had to abandon Los Angeles. They drive through their city and it’s been destroyed at the end of season one. One of the big questions thematically is: what is family now? Is it blood or is it bond? We’re going to have a group of people, some of whom don’t know each other very well — Strand is still an enigma who may or may not have his own agenda and intentions when they get onto the boat. … It provides for this interesting balance of paranoia and anxiety, which is not dissimilar from last season but we’re now on a boat in the middle of the ocean and that’s going to give us a lot of drama for first few episodes.
The other big question for the first half of the season is where do we go? There’s a difference between being land-bound and going from town to town and being stuck. The great thing about this boat is we have a wide range of places we could go and a lot of this will feed into the agendas our characters and the things they’re keeping to themselves. It will drive a lot of the tension for the first half of the season.
Finally, it is about finding hope. It’s about having gone through all these loses — where do we go? Where can we start over? And can we start over? We talked a lot last season about the overlap between our story and Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln in the flagship) coma. If you count the days in season one, Rick hasn’t woken up yet going into season two. We’ve completed part of our apocalyptic education and we now know the dead are dead. Even Travis has to come to terms with that. But they don’t know how bad it is elsewhere; they’ve heard snippets. Part of what they’re doing is trying to find what save harbor might be out there.
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