Who Is Fear The Walking Dead's Althea? Here's What Star Maggie Grace Told Us
For anyone who hasn't yet watched Fear the Walking Dead's Season 4 premiere, which served as the big crossover episode with The Walking Dead, there are major spoilers below.
Instead of calling back to the explosive way Season 3 left off its main characters, Fear the Walking Dead kicked off its super-fun Season 4 with several different Walking Dead cameos that launched Morgan's crossover arc. Which is how we eventually met the tough and pragmatic Althea, the new survivor portrayed by Lost vet Maggie Grace. CinemaBlend spoke with the actress ahead of the premiere, and though she was tasked with being fairly tight-lipped by Fear's powers-that-be, I still learned several interesting facts about Althea, whose hand should permanently be "on the lever" as far as I'm concerned. Let's kick things off with what came before now.
Althea's Past And Present
The first thing we learn about Althea is that she drives a monster of a weaponized vehicle, but later, we learn that journalistic ideals are partially guiding her interactions with others. As we saw when she used a videocamera to interview John and (eventually) Morgan, Althea is clearly interested in collecting any remaining stories of human survival that she comes across. When I asked Maggie Grace about how Althea's motivations and her past on that front, here's what she told me:
Althea is clearly someone with a lot of knowledge inside her head, with various levels all working together not only to keep her alive, but to keep a record of humanity alive. She's doing so not only by taking video records of people sharing their stories, but apparently by also sharing her information with others in the world. As well as warning them about thieves and other villainous miscreants out there, which probably includes whoever put the "51" and other numbered markers up. I wonder what Althea knows about that situation, and how much she'll be sharing with the Clark family. (For those wondering, Grace says Althea is all about them rechargeable batteries for her camera.)
Could Althea Be The Whisperers' Alpha?
While talking with Maggie Grace about how detail-oriented fans of the Walking Dead universe can often be, I mentioned having just such a fan moment when her character first arrived. She was referred to as "Al" and was wearing a ski cap with a nice round top, which immediately made me think of the comic book villain Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers. Alpha has already been the subject of much speculation on the flagship series. Unfortunately for any early predictions, Grace didn't seem to be aware of who the Whisperers leader is.
So, we probably shouldn't expect Maggie Grace to start wearing walker skin as a body suit anytime soon, we can at least take comfort in the fact that the actress isn't against taking on Alpha's signature lack of locks. That's the first step. And just because Grace wasn't made familiar with Alpha's existence already doesn't mean the future can't take a horrifying turn for Althea.
Althea's Badass Vehicle
As already mentioned, Althea's arrival came complete with what is perhaps the most badass character vehicle yet in the Walking Dead franchise. (Sorry, The Governor's tank and Dale's RV and Daryl's motorcycle.) With a lot of obvious protection on the outside, Althea's "truck" also comes equipped with its own firing squad that, as we saw, can take down a field of walkers in no time. (Realism be damned, but that's fine.) And according to Maggie Grace, Althea has a legitimate connection to the MRAP.
I'm interested in seeing how the show will address the repairability factor, since that possibly implies that it'll take some major damage at some point. You can be damned sure it'll take one hell of an effort to do that damage, too, so don't expect walkers or lone gunmen to take down Althea's MRAP.
What Althea Thinks Of The Others
Similar to how John's introduction put forth his humbled need for company, Althea shows up and immediately makes it clear she's got no outwardly villainous intentions, unlike the douchebags who set up the "mouse trap," as they called it. Without knowing a thing about John or Morgan, she bartered for their safety, and didn't immediately try to eat them or anything weird and Terminus-esque, and then she found herself being threatened alongside them by the O.G. Fear the Walking Dead characters. We can't imagine that cliffhanger situation will end in anyone's quick deaths, though, so I had to ask Maggie Grace which of the other characters Althea meshed with the best. She was casually coy about answering.
So while we might not know how well she's going to get along with Madison or Strand, we can infer that John Dorie isn't going to turn out to be some heinous next-level villain, and that his simpleton sharpshooter nature won't feature any duplicitous turns down the road. (Maybe.) Althea seems to like Morgan's deflective nature, though, so maybe something will develop there. Maybe he'll tell her more about his family, and we'll get a nifty flashback. And maybe she'll share her own complex stories.
Stay tuned for more from our interview with Maggie Grace, and for the rest of Fear the Walking Dead Season 4, tune into AMC every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what other shows are popping up on primetime soon, head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer premiere schedule.
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