Fear The Walk­ing Dead

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Zom­bie apoc­a­lypse se­ries Fear The Walk­ing Dead (2015-cur­rent) is hold­ing no punches as sea­son 3 starts tonight: it’s killing off a main char­ac­ter whose death will push the se­ries in an en­tirely new di­rec­tion. And more are on the way, ex­plains cre­ator David Erick­son, adding that “we needed to go to a very, very dark place and then try to find a rea­son for the story to con­tinue”.

The third sea­son sees Madi­son (Kim Dick­ens) “bur­dened” by try­ing to keep her peo­ple alive. “She be­comes mer­ci­less and does what­ever she needs to sur­vive and save her fam­ily,” says Kim. Sea­son 2 ended in Oc­to­ber 2016 with Madi­son and her fam­ily holed up in a ho­tel sur­rounded by zom­bies. But flee-ing lands them in a big­ger mess – they’re cap­tured by sol­diers and taken to “The Ranch”, a fa­cil­ity where a worse fate than be­ing eaten alive awaits.

Rus­sell Otto (Day­ton Cal­lie, Po­lice Chief Unser in Sons of An­ar­chy, 20082014) runs The Ranch, where he and his sol­diers were “dooms­day prep­pers” and were ready for ev­ery­thing ex­cept the liv­ing dead. Al­though Madi­son hopes that it will be a safe haven, se­ries boss David hints that The Ranch may not be all it ap­pears – and Madi­son will def­i­nitely not be a per­ma­nent res­i­dent. She sus­pects some­thing is wrong with Rus­sell’s gun-tot­ing son Troy (Daniel Shar­man, were­wolf Isaac La­hey in sea­sons 1 to 3 of Teen Wolf, 2011-2017).

Madi­son’s son Nick (Frank Dil­lane), who was AWOL at the end of sea­son 2, also ends up at The Ranch and her daugh­ter Ali­cia (Aly­cia Deb­nam-Carey) fi­nally learns to “re­lax” when she joins a “Sun­day school” with other teens – their idea of singing Bi­ble songs is smok­ing pot and talk­ing to a zom­bie’s head.

Trou­ble’s com­ing for Madi­son, her boyfriend Travis and kids Ali­cia and Nick.

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