12:26pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Fear the Walking Dead': All the Big Changes for Season 4
When AMC's Fear the Walking Dead returns for its fourth season, the Walking Dead spinoff will look drastically different.
In addition to a shift in its filming location, the Robert Kirkman-produced drama is bringing in new showrunners and adding a number of new castmembers — chief among them Lennie James, who has played fan-favorite Morgan Jones on the flagship series.
In a bid to keep track of all the changes, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a primer to what's new when season four resumes in 2018.
Showrunner Dave Erickson, who developed the spinoff with Walking Dead creator Kirkman, exited the show after the season-three finale. Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time) will take over as showrunners for season four. Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple is also joining Fear as an executive producer.
New filming location
Fear will have yet another filming location in season four as the production is moving to Austin, Texas. The shift was set up in the season three finale's narrative as a new villain (Ray McKinnon) set sail for "what's left of Houston" with Alicia (co-star Alycia Debnam-Carey).
In its season three finale, Fear left the fate of every major character hanging in the balance. The lone exception: Madison Clarke, played by Kim Dickens, who was seen to have survived the incident. Other confirmed returning castmembers include Frank Dillane (who plays Nick), Debnam-Carey (Alicia), Colman Domingo (Victor) and Danay Garcia (Luciana). That leaves room for a slew of new series regulars as the spinoff adds to its ranks:
Lennie James, who will move from The Walking Dead to the spinoff and continue to play Morgan.
Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope) is a Walking Dead superfan and originally wanted to play Negan on the flagship show. Details about his character are being kept under wraps.
Jenna Elflman (Dharma & Greg) will take on drama after more recent comedy credits including Imaginary Mary, 1600 Penn and Growing Up Fisher. Details about her character are also being kept under wraps.
Maggie Grace (Lost) boards another franchise after roles in The Twilight Saga and the Taken franchise. Details about her character are also being kept under wraps.
Kevin Zegers (Gracepoint, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) is also joining the cast as a regular. Details on his part are being kept under wraps.
Evan Gamble (Hap and Leonard) will recur as Ennis, a rough around the edges type who only really cares about himself.
As THR's Josh Wigler pointed out in his analysis of the James move, it's likely that Fear will see a time jump when season four returns. There's no reason why the series can't skip forward several years into the future and tell new stories with new characters at a period of time that closely aligns with the current events of the flagship Walking Dead.
We'll update this post as more information about season four, including a premiere date, becomes available.