Fear the Walking Dead showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg have been coy with details about the new season. One thing’s for sure, the Clarks are definitely time jumping.
In November, The Walking Dead announced that Morgan Jones (Lennie James) would be crossing over to Fear the Walking Dead. Since then there has been a lot of speculation about the timeline in which Morgan appears. Does the Fear timeline align with TWD Season 3-5? Or will they do a major time jump to align with the current season 8? If Morgan’s words in the season four trailer are any indication, I’d say they align with the current season.
The Clark family were separated by a wave of water at the end of Season 3, but they were all alive. Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) woke up on the side of a river bank in Mexico, unsure of the fate of her kids, Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey). In the new trailer, the family is together and in a new location that seems safe and peaceful. Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) is with the Clarks as is Luciana Galvez (Danay Garcia), Nick’s girlfriend. Notably absent is Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades). Did he survive the dam explosion? Or are we going to play the ‘is Daniel alive’ game again?
Season four brings some familiar faces to The Walking Dead family. Jenna Elfman plays Naomi, Maggie Grace is Althea, and Garret Dillahunt is John. All of these actors are great additions to the story. I’m interested in finding out how they fit into the big picture.
The first part of the trailer shows the Clarks doing what they do best; killing walkers and surviving. Naomi is a part of their community, but it is unclear if Althea and John are friends or foes. Then Morgan arrives, stepping over a “Welcome to Texas” sign. He tells someone about his experiences, ‘back East.’
“Back East there was a fight…big fight. I didn’t know how to make it stop. Good people died. I lose people then I lose myself.” – Morgan Jones, Fear the Walking Dead
Then we hear Madison saying she thought she lost her kids for good, but she found them. And they found a new home. Morgan tells her things don’t always work out like she thinks they will. It appears that Nick doesn’t like going outside of the walls. I wonder why? And of course Strand is still dealing with is conscious, asking Madison why she saved him. He’s her drinking buddy. Why else would she save him?
There is a big push for Fear since Scott Gimple took over the series. With new showrunners, the storytelling should move faster and give the Clarks more development. Adding James into the mix should bring some much needed action and complex storytelling. If this show has indeed aligned their timeline with the original series, then there’s a good possibility we could see other crossovers. I’m excited for this next season. Unlike TWD, Fear doesn’t have a comic book for . So the sky’s the limit with this series!
There’s lots of fighting, shooting and explosions. And an interesting encounter between Nick and Morgan. Check out the trailer below.
Fear the Walking Dead returns on Sunday, April 15 on AMC