The PaleyFest panel for Fear The Walking Dead opened with two scenes. The first saw Kim Dickens (Madison Clark) and Ruben Blades (Daniel Salazar) discussing whether or not they could ever trust the moneyed captain (Coleman Domingo’s Victor Strand) of the luxury ship they’ll soon be setting sail on. In the other, we saw the embattled Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) come face-to-face with what appeared to be a floating zombie ready to snack. Which is pretty new in zombie lore, all things considered. The strange zombie behavior was duly addressed by showrunner Dave Erickson: “They don’t drown; they keep floating back up,” he said. Cue the gnarled breathiness of a zombie with water-logged lungs still looking for a meal. But, at least, they definitely can’t swim.
So there will be no safe harbor from the zombie menace. The second season begins at sea, and with the way the first season ended (Travis being washed over by waves after doing the undoable), it’s safe to say that Season 2 will feature all the properties of water: rolling, shifting, mysterious, and dangerous change. When asked what the goal of the survivors are this season, Erickson had this to say: “It’s just to find a place where they can eventually drop anchor and stay, ultimately.” If the dynamics of the motley crew are to be believed, however, things will end inevitably in tears and violence.
The panel was playful, though, for the most part. Frank Dillane doing his full Johnny Depp: stopping short of saying anything that wasn’t vague, spacing around, and fidgeting, charm oozing from his armpits. There was a moment there when asked to explain how his sobriety will factor into his behavior, where he says, “That depends on what you think heroin is.” And for a few others up there, this wasn’t their first time on the end-of-the-world rodeo. Cliff Curtis noted that a few of them had been to “apocalypse school.” Daniel Salazar said as much, “The second season, everybody understands the things that weren’t clear before.”
What’s most important is what lies beneath. And the cast hinted at evolution as the situation becomes untenable. Mercedes Mason (Ofelia Salazar) categorized the shift this way, “There’s that one moment, that one instance or something that makes you look at your parent as a human as opposed to just a parent… Ofelia really is at a precipice of understanding adulthood and what it means to survive,” noted the actress.
Note: Nick Clark will get a new set of clothes this season. Finally.
Season two of Fear The Walking Dead airs April 10 at 9 P.M. on AMC.
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40 Photos Of O.J. Simpson & The Key Players In His Murder Trial
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1. O.J. seen talking to his lawyers Robert Shapiro, Johnnie Cochran, and Robert Kardashian during a trial date.
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2. The late Robert Kardashian defends his friend O.J. Simpson in court.
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3. O.J. Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole Brown in seemingly happier times.
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4. AI Cowlings, the friend who drove O.J. during his infamous Bronco chase.
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5. Judge Lance Ito listens to defense motions to exclude Mark Fuhrman's testimony and the prosecutions' response to retain the information 11 September during a court hearing in the O.J. Simpson murder trail.
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6. O.J. x Johnnie Cochran.
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7. Deputy District Attorney Chris Darden asks Judge Lance Ito in the O.J.Simpson case 13 January to bar the defense from asking Los Angeles Police detective Mark Fuhrman if he ever uttered a racial epithet.
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8. Did O.J. do it?
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9. The scene around O.J.'s October 3rd trial date.
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10. O.J.'s sister spotted near the crime scene.
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11. The infamous Bronco chase.
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12. The crowd cheers after hearing the verdict on October 3rd, 1995.
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13. A much earlier photo of O.J. and his good friend AI Cowlings, circa 1979.
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14. O.J. tries on a glove that was used in the murder of his ex-wife.
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15. O.J. Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole Brown in seemingly happier times.
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16. Deputy district attorney Marcia Clark is shown during testimony at the preliminary hearings.
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17. O.J. Simpson and his kids at Nicole Simpson's funeral.
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18. Robert Shapiro reads O.J.'s damning letter to the press.
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19. O.J. Simpson with Nicole and the kids during happier times.
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20. Johnnie Cochran lays down the law, circa 1995.
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21. The Juice at his 1994-1995 murder trial.
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22. Robert Kardashian sits through trial.
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23. Robert Shapiro x O.J. Simpson.
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24. Robert Shapiro in 2015.
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25. O.J. Simpson leaving the courthouse after the civil trial that followed his murder trial.
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26. O.J. heads to the place he knows best, court.
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27. O.J. at an evidentiary hearing in 2013.
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28. O.J. at an evidentiary hearing in 2013.
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