Why Fear The Walking Dead Season 4 Will Be Accessible To Newcomers, According To Its Producer

Strand and Luciana in Season 4

If there is one TV show that is showing no signs of slowing down, it's AMC's The Walking Dead. The flagship series is currently in the midst of its explosive eighth season on the network, with companion series Fear The Walking Dead gearing up for Season 4. Anticipation for the spinoff's return is at an all time high, thanks to an impending time jump and Lennie James' Morgan transitioning over from TWD for a long awaited crossover. But since Fear is now getting a little long in the tooth, is it still accessible to newcomers? Producer Andrew Chambliss seems to think so, and recently explained why during his appearance at WonderCon. CinemaBlend's own Conner Schwerdtfeger heard it himself, with Chambliss saying:

Really I think anyone, whether you're a fan of Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead or someone who's completely new to the universe, can really kind of step in and we've got so many new faces and so many familiar faces that there's a different point of view kind of represented in the episode, so it's very easy for someone to kind of latch onto a particular point of view and just kind of experience this season. So I'd say anyone who has any interest can, they can jump aboard. I don't think it's hard to kind of find their footing in the storytelling.

It looks like Season 4 of Fear The Walking Dead won't be completely foreign to new audiences, as the spinoff is essentially starting over fresh with a new plot line and a ton of new characters. Considering how Fear has treated its characters and setting in its first three seasons on AMC, Andrew Chambliss certainly has a point.

While The Walking Dead is a show known for brutally killing off its main characters, it's been pretty tame and predictable when compared to Fear. The spinoff has not been shy about killing series regulars, and not even waiting for big finale episodes to do it. Of the main characters, we've seen the likes of Eliza, Chris, Travis, Ofelia, Jake, and Troy killed off in quick succession. No one is safe in Fear The Walking Dead, which means that new audiences won't have a ton of characters to catch up with in order to enjoy the upcoming fourth season.

Only a handful of characters are returning for Fear The Walking Dead, primarily Madison, her kids, and Strand. But there is one Fear character who is surprisingly making a comeback: Nick's girlfriend Luciana. She departed the Otto Ranch back in Season 3, but it looks like the time jump and new home have reunited them. This was a great call by the spinoff, as Luciana's departure felt very out of place.

Fear The Walking Dead will return to AMC April 15th. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode.

Corey Chichizola
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.