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SDCC’20: The cast of Fear the Walking Dead chats about a very different world for Season 6

The show left off with the team splitting up and Morgan bleeding out

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At the end of Season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead, newlyweds John and June were split up, Grace is pregnant, Luciana was left behind with Virginia’s (Colby Minifie) group, and Morgan was left bleeding out. Oh, and Daniel couldn’t even keep his cat Skidmark.  In the San Diego Comic-Con at Home panel hosted by Chris Hardwick, the cast and producers shared with fans what to expect for next season, along with a few teasers.

The panel was divided into two parts. Part one featured chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunners and executive producers Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, and cast members Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, and Colman Domingo. One of the first questions was “Is Morgan okay?” James’ pacifist character has gone through a lot, starting from his time on The Walking Dead. He didn’t want to join a new group, but here he is caring again, even as he’s left for dead. And to top it off, he’s got the feels for Grace, who is pregnant and in enemy hands.

And is that Morgan with the red eyes in the trailer?

The producers confirmed, “Yes, that was definitely Morgan with the red eyes. And it’s not allergies. There is something going on with Morgan.”

James discussed working with Minifie and her villainous Virginia:

“She’s got such a slightly off-kilter kind of energy. I mean, firstly, she comes at you and it’s like a beam of light is hitting you. And then it’s everything about her was just slightly on a dodge. Everything is just a little bit…I didn’t expect it to come from that direction. And I think that’s why she makes such a fantastic kind of villain, for want of a better phrase, because of all of the kind of adversaries that we’ve come across, both in Fear and Walking Dead. She’s the one that’s the most unnerving because you keep looking at her going, How do you get this done? How are you managing this? But she is and she’s also one of the most successful adversaries that we’ve come across because she’s not just running one encampment and one group of people. She’s running like seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven and we may well find out that there’s like 500 or so. Whatever she’s doing is working. And she’s met groups like us before, but we’ve never met anyone like her before. And a lot of that is down to Colby.”

Gimple chimed in and teased that the audience will see a more vulnerable side to the adversary as well.

Domingo discussed how Strand may need to revisit some of his old skills in order to survive their new normal, but what does that mean for people like Alicia who have come to trust him?

“He’s a deal maker,” Domingo said, but Debnam-Carey stated that despite his shadiness (and her “serious trust issues”) Strand would still be the one she trusts most.

According to Gimple and the crew, only about half of Season 6 was completed before COVID-19 shutdowns. What that means for the schedule is unknown at this point since production hasn’t started back up yet. James and Domingo did get to direct a few episodes. While Domingo is directing his third installment, James is making his debut at the helm.

In the second group, Danay Garcia, Karen David, Jenna Elfman, and Rubén Blades joined in. Garcia teased that Luciana definitely has bigger plans from within Virginia’s camp, and when asked what Grace’s baby should be named, David felt that honoring Morgan or his late son or wife would be a fitting tribute, especially if she can’t be with her new love.

The biggest question at the end: what about Skidmark the cat? Well, rest assured, our feline friend may have a new companion.

Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 premieres Sunday, October 11 at 9:00 pm EST on AMC. Watch the full panel here.

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