The second season of “Fear the Walking Dead” is right around the corner from premiering on AMC and as its predecessor, “The Walking Dead,” aims to end Season 6 with a bang — or wallop — to the head, one has to wonder what the spinoff will have in store.
During its first six episodes, the zombie show took its sweet time in showing … well, any ombies. Once the undead did show up, it felt like all the action was left for the final two episodes. Aside from the gang finally facing this walker threat head-on, what do audiences have to expect from Season 2? According to the ad campaign, “Fear the Walking Dead” is heading to the ocean.
Sure, it makes sense. As you can see in the above clip, they are literally being forced to the edge of a cliffside as a zombie horde gnashes their way forward. Victor Strand has a nice-looking boat and Madison (Kim Dickens), Travis (Cliff Curtis) and the rest will head there to seek safety. But, we all know they won’t find the peace and salvation they are seeking. The billboards put it best in saying, ‘No Safe Harbor.”
Dave Erickson tells Zap2it that these new episodes will draw the tone more from movies like "Dead Calm" and "Knife in the Water." Yet, it's still difficult to disconnect our brains from the George Romero way of thinking.
It's previously been said that "The Walking Dead" has drawn inspiration from Romero's zombie world. Why can't its sister show do exactly the same? Since they are heading to the water this time around, it feels like exactly the right time to make those pesky zombies swim.
The undead has previously been shown existing completely fine underwater in Romero's "Land of the Dead." Sure, they walked on the very bottom of the ocean, for some reason, but still ... they remained under water. If that possibility exists in the undead mythos, along with a zombie's ability in "Day of the Dead" to hold and shoot guns -- shout out to Bub! -- adding this detail to the AMC series would open all sorts of doors.
We concede those doors are more prone to be left open on shows like Syfy's "Z Nation," but if Dave Erickson and the gang threw caution to the wind and just went for it, maybe audiences wouldn't have to wait so long for the action to get good while dealing with the droning on of all this human drama. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang have enough of that to go around.
Not to mention, if they could swim, the probability of zombie-on-shark action would go up ten fold!
Alas, we all know swimming zombies simply won't happen. However, with all the other boats in the water, maybe our heroes will be attacked by zombie pirates instead! One can only dream ...
"Fear the Walking Dead" Season 2 premieres Sunday, April 10 on AMC.