Fear the Walking Dead is "Not Done Yet" in Latest Teaser
Plus, the spinoff series' showrunners preview what's in store for the return of Daniel Salazar.
By Chris Morse
A new teaser has surfaced for the upcoming new season of Fear the Walking Dead and this one is taking the apocalypse a little more seriously than the previous one. This time, more new footage from the upcoming season is on display as Morgan and the group's mission to help people doesn't work out to be quite as straightforward as it sounds. The dangers of this world are still very much real.
The teaser also allows us to catch a glimpse at the returning Daniel Salazar, who will once again be portrayed by Ruben Blades. Regarding the character's comeback, series showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg recently spoke with EW to discuss this return, offering some interesting insight into where everything stands after this time spent apart.
Given the way things played out the last time we saw Daniel back in Season 3, it's no surprise why he's been away for some time. Chambliss had the following to say about the time that's passed since the character was shot by Strand.
It’s a character that we’re very excited to have rejoin the show, and I think the thing that excites us most about it is where we last left him — this kind of goes to why we haven’t seen him in all of season 4 — because we last left him moments after Strand shot him in the face and left him for dead at the dam. We saw him stagger away at the end, but we don’t know what’s happened to him, where he’s been.
He’s a character who we’ve seen a very nurturing paternal side from, but he’s also a character that we’ve seen a very dark side from, who has a very traumatic past that goes all the way back to his childhood. The thing that is most interesting to us is to explore what side of Daniel Salazar will win out in something as traumatic as what happened at the dam and what he was dealing with emotionally with the loss of his daughter.
In light of what happened, we can expect any potential reunions to be rocky at best. There is an abundance of shared history between Daniel and especially one particular current character, so how these two men deal with this will be part of the story that lies ahead.
The other thing that is very interesting to us is what’s going to happen when he finds some of these characters who he knew during season 3. Obviously, the most explicit relationship is the one with Victor Strand. Strand has come a long way since he shot Daniel in the face. Strand has been seeking his own redemption, and I think the thing that will happen when Daniel Salazar enters the story is it’s going to make both men question who they are, whether they can overcome their past, and really test whether Strand has become a new man.
Goldberg additionally chimed in about what we can expect from the plot of the new season, which is going to take these heroes to a new place, and also made mention of a few characters we'll be meeting for the first time, namely Karen David's Grace.
We have Salazar and we have Dwight coming over from The Walking Dead, but on top of that we are going to be taking our characters to a new place. They’re going to find themselves in this mysterious environment which they’ve gone to in order to help people, but they’re going to realize there’s a lot of obstacles to doing that, and the people they encounter will have different reasons why they are difficult to help. Karen David plays a character named Grace, who we’re going to find is wrestling with some things she did in her past as well. There’s going to be an interesting dynamic at play with both Morgan and Alicia and how their stories coalesce with Grace’s.
When pressed to reveal a little bit more about some upcoming new characters, the showrunner also introduced a few more names, teasing a group of kids that will be introduced in the season premiere with a complicated history of their own.
There’s also a group of kids that our characters will come across in the premiere played by some great young actors: Bailey Gavulic, Ethan Seuss, and Cooper Dodson, brother of Major Dodson of Walking Dead fame. We like to keep it in the family. We’ll see that those kids have their own difficulties and are also wrestling with some things that have happened to them. We also have Matt Frewer joining the show, a fantastic actor. We don’t want to say too much about the character he’s playing, but we’re excited about it.
While the showrunning duo is certainly keeping a few secrets close to their vests, it was interesting to gain a little bit of insight into what's in store for Season 5 as well as some of the new and returning characters we'll be growing familiar with again. Be sure to check out the latest teaser above and read on for more of what we know about the upcoming new episodes that kick off next month on June 2nd.
Front and center in Season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead are a number of returning characters who are making it their duty to connect with other people and help them out in any way they can. The group has adopted Morgan’s mission to keep hope alive and put their faith in others to survive in this post-apocalyptic world together.
We recently learned that former Vulture Charlie, played by Alexa Nisenson, has been promoted to series regular status with Once Upon a Time's Karen David coming on board for her own recurring role. They will be joined by Lennie James' Morgan Jones and another crossover character with Austin Amelio's Dwight moving over from the main series as well.
In addition, it was previously reported that Ruben Blades and Daniel Sharman would be returning to reprise their roles of Daniel Salazar and Troy Otto respectively. The spinoff series is still very much in a transition phase after it ditched most of its original cast, leaving behind only Alicia Clark and a handful of newer additions along the way.