Coming off of a Season 3 that saw the show earn some of the best reviews and ratings since it first premiered, AMC‘s Fear the Walking Dead is currently filming their fourth season in Texas with new additions Lennie James, Jenna Elfman, Maggie Grace and Garret Dillahunt. Entertainment Weekly made it to the set for this week’s special coverage of all things The Walking Dead, offering FTWD fans a “first look” at what to expect when the series returns in Summer 2018; and some thoughts on the new additions from the series’ two new showrunners.
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Co-showrunner Ian Goldberg on Grace’s Althea:
“Althea is someone who is uniquely qualified to survive — to thrive, even — in this world because of who she was before the apocalypse. When we meet her, we’ll find she has, in many ways, picked up right where she left off before the world collapsed. She has a number of impressive weapons in her arsenal, including a curiosity and understanding of people that often gives her a tactical advantage. It’s never something for nothing with Althea. She has a greater purpose that she is constantly working toward; one which Strand takes a particular interest in. / We have been fans of Maggie Grace for a long time — she brings an intelligence, sensitivity, and innate strength to Althea that has been really exciting to watch.”
Goldberg on Dillahunt’s John:
“John is a man of fascinating contradictions. He loves people but has spent a great deal of time on his own. He’s a gentle soul — an innocent in many ways — but is no stranger to violence. He can be soft-spoken and disarmingly funny all at once. / “When we started to think about an actor who could embody all these contradictions and then some, our minds immediately went to Garret Dillahunt. It’s been so much fun watching Garret breathe life into the role and to see his character navigating the FTWD world.”
Co-showrunner Andrew Chambliss on Elfman’s Naomi
“Naomi’s a capable survivor we’ll meet living on her own early on in the season,” explains co-showrunner Andrew Chambliss of this new face on the show played by Dharma & Greg’s Jenna Elfman. “She’ll have her guard up as she crosses paths with Madison and her family, and — as we’ll learn over the course of the season — she’ll have a very good reason for keeping people at a distance. Even so, she’ll end up developing some connections that surprise her, including a bond with Alicia. / When we were casting Naomi, we wanted an actor who had the gravitas the role required while still bringing humor and levity to the character. When our wonderful casting team floated Jenna’s name to us, we all looked at each other and said, ‘Yes, she’s Naomi.’ Fortunately, Jenna thought so too.”
Chambliss on James’ Morgan joining the series:
“As Morgan Jones steps into the world of FTWD, he’ll be continuing the journey he began on The Walking Dead way back in the pilot. Ian and I were huge fans of the character when Lennie James first brought him to life back then, again when he returned in season 3, and finally when he became a series regular in season 6. / “When we first met Lennie, he impressed upon us how much he cared about the character and how important it was to him for us to take Morgan to places we hadn’t seen before. It’s been a great challenge to set for ourselves and it’s what we hope to do with the character — to push Morgan to places he could only get by coming into contact with the characters on Fear. They’ll change him. And, at the same time, he’ll change them.”
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