With its Season 4 premiere, Fear the Walking Dead will usher in the very first crossover with The Walking Dead proper, and it will also give audiences plenty of new faces and locations to take note of. After being teased with images of Morgan's arrival and other potentially big moments, fans finally have our first major look at Season 4 thanks to the super-sized trailer seen below.
By most measures, that trailer could have been for a completely different show than Fear the Walking Dead, in that the only familiar elements are the five cast members whose characters definitively survived the dam explosion that Season 3 concluded with. While we still aren't clear on how everyone managed to survive, we do know that Madison, Nick, Alicia, Strand and Lucy have done some traveling -- as has Morgan and others -- and this promo is full of new sights. (Such as Nick looking beyond freaked out when those walkers surrounded his vehicle, which is worth some speculation.)
The series' main characters are now apparently living within an abandoned baseball stadium, which is as pretty stellar habitat as one could hope for in such dark times, even for non-sports fans. Perhaps even more interestingly, this new safe has other strangers within its population.
Three of Fear the Walking Dead's newest survivors will be played by Raising Hope's Garret Dillahunt, Dharma and Greg's Jenna Elfman, and Lost's Maggie Grace. All three deliver some interesting moments within the trailer, too, and they're all painted in pretty vague shades here as far as how virtuous they all are. As far as we could see, Elfman's character gets pretty chummy with Alicia, and the fact that they stumble upon a long-forgotten water park gets me giddy about what disgusting sequences will go down there. Dillahunt's good ol' boy gets to show off his marksmanship skills, and Grace gets one of the best moments in the trailer from behind the wheel of a massive gun-equipped truck, which also gets a few seconds to shine.
The Season 4 trailer was unveiled at the end of the latest Talking Dead episode, but AMC went hard on promoting Morgan's arrival during commercial breaks for that show and that of The Terror's season premiere. And I'd wager that a large number of fans watched the trailer to see Lennie Jones' Morgan being enveloped into Fear the Walking Dead's story. We got to see quite a bit of him, both in the midst of his journey (where he apparently gets a leg injury) and mixing it up with the other characters. Things don't seem to be immediately kosher between him and everyone else, but it doesn't look too serious, since the trailer ends on that hilarious moment of Nick getting bamboozled by Morgan's staff-wielding talents. Frank Dillane nailed that fall, too.
And maybe i"m just reading into things, but it also looked like the trailer paid homage to the flagship series in another quick moment involving walkers trying to come out from behind chained doors. It's not exactly the same as the "Don't Open, Dead Inside" imagery, but given Morgan's arrival, it feels legit enough.
AMC also released a new piece of key art for the season that looks similar enough to those of Dead seasons past. It's definitely worth noting that Morgan, Lucy and John are the three most prominently featured characters behind Madison, too. How important will their roles be throughout Season 4?
Since Season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead was as engaging and well-plotted as The Walking Dead proper, this trailer only gets us more enthused about what's coming next. Season 4 will kick off on AMC on Sunday, April 15, at roughly 10:00 p.m. ET, right after The Walking Dead's Season 8 finale. (And don't forget that the doubled-up event will be shown in theaters that evening as well.) While waiting for it, jump over to our midseason premiere schedule to see everything else that'll be hitting primetime soon.