In anticipation of the next run beginning in mid-September, AMC has released the official trailer for the second half of Fear the Walking Dead's third season.
Seen in the video above, the Clark family remains at Broke Jaw Ranch in the aftermath of Jeremiah's death. Meanwhile, Walker and his Native American clan are laying claim to what they believe is theirs by moving onto the property and living alongside the Ranch's current residents. Of course, this looks like it is only going to last so long until a feud breaks out.
For Victor Strand and Daniel Salazar, the journey continues outside of the community where their friends and family are currently residing.
When Fear the Walking Dead returns, the series will be very different journey by comparison to Season 3's first half according to showrunner Dave Erickson.
"There's a complete story that the 16 episodes encompasses, and the elements for it have all been introduced in the first eight, so I wouldn't say it is a reinvention so much," Erickson said. "I think that we're in a very precarious position. Madison and Nick have conspired in a murder, and they're going to sell that... She sets it up at the end of the season as a suicide. So, we're gonna go into the back half with a treaty of peace between the nation and the ranchers, and an understanding or an assumption that Jeremiah did something noble, that Jeremiah took his own life as a nod to Walker in an effort to avoid violence and to save his sons, his Ranch, his legacy."
Of course, this is all built on a lie to help Madison form her pact with Walker. "Of course, the danger that stems from that is the question of when and how might Jake and/or Troy discover a truth," Erickson said. "What happens if the ranch discovers the truth? So, Madison's effectively taken control of this place at this point, but she has to be very careful that her leadership is not so overt that people suspect that she had something to do with Otto's death."
It's time for Madison to be a little bit more careful. "There'll be a lot of walking on eggshells in that regard," Erickson said. However, that won't be the only element of Season 3B the Clark family has to deal with. "More importantly, there's the fallout for Nick having committed a murder, because Nick, as we know, is somewhat more of a sensitive soul. I think he's adapted more to the apocalypse than he had in previous seasons, but there's a weight to that, and Nick ... what we try to do whenever we have a major death is we try to honor it and try to let that be the narrative, and so even though Otto was revealed to be the evil man he was, it doesn't take away from the fact that Nick took his life. It doesn't take away from the fact, he took Troy's father, and I think that's something that he has to process.
Madison, however, may have also influenced Nick's choice. "I'm not saying she did this consciously, but the timing of her story, and the fact that she revealed the murder of her own father as she was about to go potentially have to kill this surrogate father and Otto, one can argue that she was telling the story because she wanted her kids to understand what she was about to do, or she thought she might have to do," Erickson said. "There's also an argument to be made that she did it because she hoped that Nick would do exactly what he did."
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