In just a few short days, Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 will kick off with the season premiere, bringing fans back to this zombie apocalypse. AMC has such confidence that this new season will be a hit, that they issued a renewal for Season 4 already. As we get closer and closer to the season premiere, showrunner Dave Erickson teased some very interesting new details in a recent interview, including the confirmation that one character, thought by many to be dead, will return this season. If that wasn't enough, we also have a new preview where the cast and producers tease new details for this upcoming season. If you haven't caught up with Fear the Walking Dead quite yet, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Dave Erickson, who confirmed that Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) is still alive, and will make his return in Season 3. We last saw Daniel Salazar in the seventh episode of Season 2, where he set an entire Mexican compound on fire and was seemingly killed in the blaze. However, Dave Erickson revealed that he thought it was important that characters like his daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) thought he had died in the fire. Here's what Dave Erickson had to say below.
"We've said publicly that he didn't die in the fire. And I think what was always important is that the characters, specifically Ofelia, thought that they had lost him. So I think his return is now long overdue and I can promise that Daniel Salazar will rise again over the course of the season."
Of course, Dave Erickson wouldn't divulge when and where Daniel Salazar will make his return, but his return could come at an opportune time for Ofelia, who was captured by an American with an assault rifle in the 14th episode of Season 2, with the official synopsis for this season revealing that, "Ofelia's captivity will test her ability to survive and see if she can muster the savagery of her father." The man who captured Ofelia is Jeremiah Otto Sr. (Dayton Callie), the leader of the militia group that has captured the entire family when Season 3 begins. Here's what Dave Erickson had to say about this group, and its leader.
"They prepared for the apocalypse. They didn't expect the rise of the dead, but they definitely anticipated the fall of democracy. He's the king of his domain, and his intention is to create a new nation in his own mold."
Dave Erickson also teased that fans should expect a much different Madison (Kim Dickens) this season, who will evolve to become a leader. The showrunner also teases that she will find a way to manipulate an unnamed character from the militia to gain control in her situation. Here's what Dave Erickson had to say about Madison.
"She's always aspired to be the leader. But she also made mistakes and she let herself be driven by her love for her son. That stops now. When she sees the landscape of this new group that they meet, she's very quick to determine what the pros and cons are. She's very quick to realize that there are a lot of advantages to this place. She sees the ability to manipulate, and in so doing, she sees a way to protect her family. We've danced around with Madison specifically as to her backstory, who she is, what is her history, what makes her able to kill Celia last season, and it has a lot to do with who she was before the apocalypse, even before Los Angeles. So we're going to conflate some backstory with present day story and really get to the bottom of who Madison Clark is and how she relates to her family. But it's going to be dark for a while before we see any semblance of light."
Dave Erickson also hinted that Strand (Colman Domingo) will be ditching the kinder persona fans saw in Season 2, and shift back to the character we saw in the first season. Here's what the showrunner had to say about Strand, teasing that he will be trying to exploit the "current currency" of this new world.
"We're going to see Strand going back in the con man mode. The thing that Strand is best at is recognizing the current currency and knowing what can he exploit. And in the apocalypse, he's going to target the thing that is probably the most powerful and valuable resource there is."
When Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 kicks off, the main characters find themselves in a region formerly known as the U.S.-Mexico border. International lines done away with following the world's end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well. Madison has reconnected with Travis, her apocalyptic partner, but Alicia has been fractured by her murder of Andres. Madison's son is only a few miles from his mother, but Nick's first action as a leader saw him and Luciana ambushed by an American militia group, the couple escaped death, Luciana was shot, and Nick no longer feels immortal.
The series is executive produced by showrunner Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert and stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia, Colman Domingo as Strand and Danay Garcia as Luciana. Joining the cast as series regulars for season three are Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood), Daniel Sharman (The Originals, Teen Wolf) and Sam Underwood (The Following), who will play the Otto family, founders of a survivalist organization who prepared for the fall of democracy, but didn't anticipate the rise of the dead, as well as Lisandra Tena (Chicago P.D.) as Lola Guerrero. Fear the Walking Dead returns with the Season 3 premiere Sunday, June 4 at 9 PM ET on AMC. Take a look at this new preview to learn more about Fear the Walking Dead Season 3.