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No one will ever mistake Fear the Walking Dead for a network sitcom, but the zombie drama will continue to mold its tonal approach in a more light-hearted direction for Season 5 this summer. The series was arguably lacking enough chuckle-worthy moments in its first seasons, but Season 4's revised mix of characters unexpectedly allowed for more levity with wry humor, sometimes of the gallows variety.
When CinemaBlend and a few other outlets visited the set of Fear the Walking Dead during Season 5's production, some of the actors talked excitedly about how the upcoming episodes will keep shifting the tone in new ways. Note: more laughter doesn't mean zero horror and mayhem, but it does mean there's a more noticeable balance.
Here's what each Fear the Walking Dead star told us.
Jenna Elfman (June)
A veteran of comedy series such as Dharma and Greg and 1600 Penn, Jenna Elfman is just one of several current Fear the Walking Dead stars to be more widely known for making people laugh. Though her character was hyper-intense through most of Season 4 as she guarded her true identity from others, June will be more relaxed and hopeful in Season 5 with John Dorie by her side.
Here, Jenna Elfman talks about how Season 5 will expand on lightening the tone at times.
If you spend all day running around, killing zombies and trying to save other people, one's emotions are going to be heightened. So if weirdly timed jokes aren't bubbling over from the pressure, then people might start to crack. This environment is not one in which unstable minds are the most optimal.
I personally prescribe to the notion of laughter being a highly successful medicine in times of crisis. And Jenna Elfman clearly has the same approach. She continued:
Elfman went on to say that it would be something of a lie against humanity to portray these kinds of situations on TV without showing the more humane moments of levity. So long as Season 5 doesn't start killing off main characters right away, fans might find more reasons to smile, too.
Lennie James (Morgan)
In contrast to the endless warmth in actor Lennie Jones' smile, Morgan Jones has at times been one of the most solemn survivors of the post-apocalypse, flipping between manic and passive phases. Morgan's been on a calm streak for Fear the Walking Dead, thankfully, and Jones echoed Jenna Elfman's thoughts about how the show's humor and other tonal shifts are reflective of real life.
To be sure, Lennie James did start off deadpanning that co-stars Mo Collins and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell don't make him laugh, and that working with them is a nightmare. That's obviously not the reality of the situation, evidenced best by James' hearty laughs.
Reflecting on Season 4, Lennie James talks about former co-star Aaron Stanford's stint standing out as a way the show excelled at altering the tone with a new situation.
Lots of other new situations are coming to Season 5, with the first episode featuring a plane crash. (Yes, Fear star and Lost vet Maggie Grace is well aware that her characters are not always lucky with flying.) So Morgan & Co. will need to keep their spirits up in order to learn more about the people they're trying to help, because there will be complications.
Colman Domingo (Strand)
Fear the Walking Dead's Victor Strand has long been a favorite among fans for his humorously caustic attitude, and star Colman Domingo says that isn't going away in Season 5. However, the show's tonal changes will indeed have an effect on Strand. Here's how Domingo explained the increase in mirth.
Maybe we shouldn't expect Strand to develop any vaudeville routines in Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, but viewers might see him shedding some of the layers he'd built up over the years as a form of protection. He might just become the most vulnerable version of Strand we've seen yet.
Colman Domingo got back behind the camera for a Season 5 episode that he said was meant to embrace the full spectrum of human moments.
Fans will have to wait and see what Colman Domingo has in store with the episode he helmed, but we can expect it to come a little deeper into Season 5. Before then, viewers will get to meet a few new characters, including one played by Legacies vet Karen David.