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'Fear the Walking Dead' Season 2 Premiere Postmortem: Showrunner Dave Erickson Says 'There Is No Safe Place to Go'
FTWD showrunner Dave Erickson talked to Yahoo TV about the sophomore season premiere, including why Nick is emerging as the unlikely hero in his family, how the Clark and Manawa fams and their friends are only beginning to find out just how bad the apocalypse is, and how long we’re going to wait to find out what’s really up with Strand.
Nothing like jumping right back into the action.
Yeah, there’s not much of a break between the finale and the premiere, and that was largely for two reasons. One, we wanted to make sure we were introducing the boat effectively. We didn’t want to do a larger time jump, because I think the actual arrival on the Abigail was important. The other thing, the premiere is sort of steeped to a certain degree in the grief that comes from the loss the family has suffered… part of that loss is seeing your home destroyed. We see the beginning of it at the end of Season 1, and as they make their drive across Los Angeles and down the L.A. River, it seems very barren, much like a wasteland. I think seeing the combination of Operation Cobalt, and seeing the fact that there is no home to go back to ever, that was something we wanted to make sure we hit effectively.
It also emphasizes how, especially since the events of Season 1′s penultimate episode, they’ve had no time to stop and think. They just have to react constantly to everything.
You’re right, and I think it’s interesting, because in terms of the apocalyptic education at the ending of Season 1… some of our characters believe that they’re dead. Some of our characters get to the point where they realize the only way to deal with the dead is to put them down. We were relatively insulated, I think, but exactly at the moment when we began to understand what we were dealing with, with the affected, the National Guard arrives. We spent two episodes behind a fence, I think hoping that things are going to be repaired, and assuming that they were, because there was still a level of faith and trust in the institutions. I don’t think we got the first blast of the true scope and scale until the finale, and now I think, although we understand what the walkers are, we’ve not been in tune with the fact that the world is gone. I think that’ll be part of the puzzle for Madison and Travis, and Nick, and Alicia, and everybody as we move forward: figuring out how bad this is, how extensive is it.