In Season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead, we will see the world of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and her family through new eyes – the eyes of Morgan Jones (Lennie James), who is joining the story from the world of The Walking Dead. The characters’ immediate pasts mix with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes and threats. They fight for each other, against each other and against a legion of the dead to somehow build an existence against the crushing pressure of lives coming apart. There will be darkness and light; terror and grace; and the heroic, mercenary and craven, all crashing together toward a new reality for Fear the Walking Dead.
When we last saw Madison in Season 3, she had just narrowly escaped death and was alone and unsure of the fate of her children and friends. Vowing to never let that happen again, she’s gone through extraordinary lengths to make sure it doesn’t. These new circumstances she’s created for herself aren’t just about avoiding past mistakes – they’re about finding a way to make up for them.
As Morgan Jones steps into the world of Fear the Walking Dead, he’ll be continuing the journey he began on The Walking Dead – a journey where he wrestled with the dangers of losing the people closest to him. We’ll see him take drastic action to protect himself from experiencing the pain and loss of his past, but a series of unexpected interactions – some with people who will become friends and other with people who will become foes – will force Morgan to discover that when it comes to confronting how to live in this world, he can run but he can’t hide.
At the end of Season 3, Nick’s efforts to protect the people he cared for didn’t exactly work out the way he’d hoped. His plan to save Madison, Alicia and Strand put them in terrible danger. In Season 4, Nick will have found a new way forward in a walker-infested world. He’ll have an approach that allows him to protect the people he cares about and still be the person he wants to be. But one question remains for Nick – how long can it last?
At the end of Season 3, Alicia tried to go off on her own, thinking that being away from her family and friends was the best way to survive. In Season 4, she’ll have discovered a new confidence and strength, which will affect her relationships with the people closest to her. She’ll have a newfound sense of purpose, which will test her in ways she never thought possible.
This season, Strand will find himself at a crossroads between the man he’s been and the man he wants to be. The decisions he made at the end of the third season will weigh heavily on him and force him to confront the demons of his past. But on the other side of that struggle lies the promise of the thing he wants most – redemption.
For Luciana, this is a season about rediscovering community. In Season 3, she fled Brokejaw Ranch feeling ostracized and isolated. Now, she is in a new place, in a very different kind of community. It’s a place where she will take her first steps down the path toward trusting people again. She’ll mend some old wounds in surprising ways.
John is a man who has been living on his own for some time. But we’ll come to learn that his isolation is not of his own choosing. He’s lost someone, and he’s determined to find them no matter what it takes. As a gentle soul – an innocent in a dangerous world – John’s optimism will fuel his search. But with every turn of adversity he encounters along his path, John will come to understand the challenge of maintaining hope in a grim world.
Al is someone uniquely qualified to survive – to thrive, even – in this world because of her experiences before the apocalypse. When we meet her, we’ll find that she has found a way to pick up where she left off before the world collapsed. She has a number of impressive weapons in her arsenal, the greatest of which is her curiosity and an innate understanding of people. But we’ll learn that this curiosity is about more than just survival for Al; it’s part of a greater mission, one that will become more critical and complicated as her journey progresses.
Naomi is a capable survivor who we’ll find living on her own at the beginning of the season. She’ll have her guard up when she crosses paths with Madison and her family, and we’ll come to learn that Naomi has a very good reason for keeping people at a distance. Whether Naomi will ultimately face and overcome what’s keeping her in isolation is a question that only she can answer.