Fear the Walking Dead’s highly-anticipated fourth season premieres this Sunday and some Walking Dead fans are wondering if they can pick up here or if they have to binge the previous three seasons. “This is absolutely something that new fans can jump right into, just as Morgan has to jump right into the story of Fear the Walking Dead,” new Fear EP Scott Gimple recently told TheWrap. “Morgan did not have to watch the first three seasons to understand what is happening…to follow what’s going on in Fear the Walking Dead Season 4, you do not have to have watched the first three seasons.”
It’s mostly true; Fear’s fourth season focuses half of its story on Morgan and the new people he meets on his journey west. Whether its new characters John, Althea, and Naomi or series regulars Alicia, Strand, Nick, and Luciana – Morgan only knows as much of their backstories as they tell him. “Just as we didn’t have to follow Rick Grimes’ police career before we watched The Walking Dead or we didn’t have to see the beginning of Negan to follow him,” Gimple added.
Of course, knowing SOME backstory from the original characters wouldn’t hurt. The inter-workings of Madison’s dynamic with her kids and friends will help give context to Season 4’s larger picture. Although we do recommend you binge the three seasons at some point (or at least skim our recaps), the majority of major characters, locales, and plot lines from them are barely mentioned in Season 4.
Catch the rest of the interview over at TheWrap. Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Premieres on AMC Sunday, April 15th at 10PM directly following The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale.