In Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 we will see the world of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and her family through new eyes — the eyes of Morgan Jones (Lennie James), joining the story from the world of The Walking Dead. The characters’ immediate past mixes with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes and threats. They fight for each other, against each other and against a legion of the dead to somehow build an existence against the crushing pressure of lives coming apart. There will be darkness and light; terror and grace; the heroic, mercenary, and craven, all crashing together towards a new reality for Fear the Walking Dead. (official synopsis via Den of Geek)
Change is in the air at Fear the Walking Dead, and I don’t mean that the zombies are looking a lot less fresh and a whole more decayed.
For starters, The Walking Dead spinoff show, which in my humble opinion, is now a better series than its parents, has a new showrunner with Dave Erickson handing over the reins to Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time).
Quite how they will alter the tone and feel of Fear the Walking Dead can only be guessed at right now, but with Scott Gimple stepping in as executive producer, it’s a fair bet that there will be some major changes to Fear.
You can only hope they don’t homogenise the show too much since its big selling point was that it was a slower, more thoughtful and meditative sibling to The Walking Dead, a show that had some action sure but never let that get in the way of some insightful character studies and apocalyptic meditations on the human condition.
Fingers crossed they respect the heart soul of the show and let Lennie James as Morgan be influenced by the characters and storyline and not the other way around.
There are a number of other additions to the new season – see Den of Geek for all the lowdown there – which promises a whole new Fear the Walking Dead (bit still not too much please) but the same old fallen humanity.
Fear the Walking Dead season 5 premieres 15 April on AMC in USA / Showcase in Australia.