As The Walking Dead is seemingly hitting the home stretch in the All Out War between Rick and Negan's groups, Fear the Walking Dead is shaping up to be a season unlike those we've seen before. And we're not just talking about Lennie James' Morgan hopping over for crossover purposes, and nor are we talking about the trio of new lead characters being introduced. For Fear the Walking Dead's press conference during WonderCon 2018, which CinemaBlend attended, the cast and crew came together to talk about Season 4, and it turns out we can expect some big differences involving both the new villains and how the walkers will be used. Let's see what everybody had to say.
A Different Kind Of Villain
In Season 3, Fear the Walking Dead truly excelled at setting up the core dynamic between the familiar characters and the new additions, since the lines between protagonists and antagonists were at their most tenuous and malleable, with Troy Otto straddling those lines accordingly. But it appears that Season 4 will again flip the script when it comes to the overarching's big bads, which sound like they'll be slightly more straightforward with their villainy than the Ranchers were. Here's how showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss put it during the press conference:
The best horror villains are usually the ones that can't really be defeated simply by shooting them or blowing them up. That usually implies something supernatural is happening, but it obviously wouldn't be the case with Fear the Walking Dead's most sentient threats. So what can we expect?
Having seen the first couple of Season 4 episodes, I may or may not be familiar with what Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss are talking about, not that I'll squeal. Let's just say that some fans might be reminded of another villainous group within this universe, but such comparisons are pretty quickly squashed. So get ready a brand new world full of unfamiliar dangers.
Head to the next page to see what else will be different in Season 4.
Walkers Will Play A Bigger Role
Given the nature of this franchise, there will always be fans complaining that zombies aren't used enough within The Walking Dead shows. That's largely by design with Fear, since its storyline started off just as the outbreak was starting to wreak havoc. Season 4 will kick off after a time jump of some kind, though, meaning we'll be catching up with the Clark family in the midst of a world far more overrun by the dead than it was previously. Here's how executive producer and special effects guru Greg Nicotero explained it during the WonderCon press conference.
Greg Nicotero claimed he definitely wanted to get behind the camera to direct a Fear the Walking Dead episode or two, because he was just so impressed with the scripts and where the new stories are heading. Unfortunately, all of his duties on The Walking Dead proper (which include prep work for Season 9), and he wasn't able to make the jump with Lennie James. Still, if he's the one talking about the walkers being more front and center in Season 4, it definitely means something, since it's his team that's making those walkers look as ghastly and ghoulish as they do.
The Walking Dead shows have utilized zombies in interesting ways over the years, though without reverting back to the "giant herd" tactic, it's a challenge to make the shambling skin-sacks appear truly frightening at this point. But all it takes is one good idea to start, and the pulse-pounding terror will hopefully follow.
Fans don't have too long to wait to see how different things will be, as Fear the Walking Dead will make its refreshing debut on AMC on Sunday, April 15, at 10:00 p.m. ET, coming right after the Season 8 finale of The Walking Dead. Check out the first big trailer, and hear what Lennie James had to say about possibly seeing his past return in Fear. And anyone needing to plan out TV viewing for the near future only needs to hop over to our midseason premiere schedule.