10:17am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Fear the Walking Dead' Promotes Colman Domingo to Series Regular for Season 2
AMC's Fear the Walking Dead will look a bit different when it returns for its second season in the spring.
The companion series to the flagship zombie drama has promoted Colman Domingo to series regular and moved production to Baja, Mexico.
Executive produced by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Dave Erickson, Fear will expand to 15 episodes for its second season and will take place over land and sea, with Domingo's mysterious Strand taking on a key role.
Season one ended with Strand taking the blended family back to his gated beachside estate and planning to head to his fancy yacht (aka Abigail) that is positioned right off the coast.
“We are thrilled to be starting production and even more thrilled to be shooting in Mexico," said Erickson in a release touting the production's move from L.A. and Vancouver. "Baja Studios has been home to some of the greatest ocean-set films in recent years and provides all the creative resources we need to begin this new chapter in the Fear saga."
In an interview with THR after the season-one finale, Erickson said season two would take place on both land and sea.
"We end on one boat and the ocean beyond, but what we'll come to realize — and this will be part of what the military is doing — you'll see that land is no longer safe," he said. "At least not in Southern California. Some people have not been quarantined or driven north or south. But there's thousands of boats through L.A. County. So a lot of people will stock up the boats and try to get to the water and avoid land as much as humanly possible. You'll see a lot of people trying to survive. If you look at Strand's yacht, it's a pretty handsome vessel. It's something that you can survive on for a good period of time, and that's something others might covet. So when you get to the question of what's worse, walker or human, we'll continue that theme. There will be quite a bit of action on the seas — and we'll split it between land and water. But it's going to be an interesting dynamic."
A return date for Fear has not yet been announced.