<em>Worry the Strolling Dead</em> showrunners on the return of Daniel Salazar

SPOILER ALERT: Check Out on only if you have currently seen Sunday’s “The Hurt That Will Take place” episode of Fear the Walking Dead

Reunited and it feels so … awkward.

Last time Victor Strand and Daniel Salazar remained in the exact same room together, Hair shot Salazar in the face. Which is a way of stating they didn’t precisely leave on excellent terms. But that was way back in season 3. So how would their season 5 reunion decrease on Sunday’s “The Hurt That Will Happen” episode of Worry the Strolling Dead? Well, not fantastic.

On the plus side, Daniel did not eliminate Victor. So that’s great. However he likewise did not offer Strand the airplane he needed to go rescue his good friends (consisting of Alicia). It was a tense meeting, and one that culminated with Victor leaving empty-handed … but at least with his hands (and head and heart) undamaged.

We talked to showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss to get their take on the huge conference, as well as the introduction of an essential new character, radioactive zombies, Alicia’s bloodlust, and the tenuous status of Morgan’s trusty stick.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It’s been a long time given that we saw Daniel, so his reemergence is a huge deal. Tell us how you arrived at this way to bring him back in, dealing with down the person in Hair who totally shot him the face.

IAN GOLDBERG: There were a couple of factors at play, and we can state that yes, we didn’t see Salazar for the 4th season of the program and he has been on a quite crazy journey from where we left him at the dam when Hair shot him in the face to where we find him in season 5. We just get a really smidgen of details about that in this episode. We see that he’s wound up at this warehouse surrounded by whatever one might potentially require. He’s got this feline named Skidmark. We’re not exactly sure where the cat originated from, however I believe it’s safe to say he’s alone there. He’s isolated. He’s still harboring a great deal of mistrust of Hair.

Strand invests the episode trying to encourage Daniel that he’s a changed guy and what’s interesting is that as an audience we knew that Hair has actually transformed in a lot of methods. The intriguing thing for us, and it’s something that we’ll explore as the season goes on, is why is Salazar still hanging on to so much anger towards Hair, why can’t he turn the page, and what does that state about him and where he is?

Let’s go a little much deeper on that. Since Daniel sits there and hears Strand connect with Luciana over the radio, but yet still does not offer him the plane to go aid. Is that because he still can’t totally trust this person, or does he believe he’s simply going to screw it up in some way?

ANDREW CHAMBLISS: I believe it’s a little bit more of the latter due to the fact that I believe in that minute, Salazar believes that Strand believes he’s changed, however he’s been with him enough time both as an ally and as an enemy that he knows the thing that motivates Strand at the end of the day is his own survival, his own selfishness. I believe in Salazar’s mind, he thinks that Hair wishes to assist, however he thinks, like you stated, he’ll find some method to mess it up due to the fact that of his own requirement for self-preservation.

It’s type of that concept that Salazar ends up putting in Strand’s head as he ignores the storage facility. Hair has actually come a long method, however I think the person who he might have to persuade the most after that encounter with Salazar is himself. You see that anger that’s starting to build up and aggravation as he picks up a piece of concrete from the ground and simply starts slamming the walker’s head in. I think a great deal of that is fueled by some self-loathing that he still has to deal with prior to he can really proceed.

To confirm, we will see more of Daniel this season, right?

GOLDBERG: Oh, a lot of certainly.

Let’s also talk about Grace now, who we meet in this episode. She operated at the reactor. She’s now trying to get all these radioactive zombies. Inform me about where the idea came from to introduce this new character and how she’s going to suit things progressing.

GOLDBERG: We desired to demonstrate how tough it was for our individuals to assist worldwide, and Grace was someone that we considered a specific obstacle for Morgan and Alicia and everybody else. At the end of episode 501 at that scene outside the truck stop, Morgan states, “It ought to be hard. That’s how we know we’re on the right track.” Here in 502 we satisfy Grace, who we learn over the course of the episode is searching down and eliminating the individuals who passed away as a result of the plant, the nuclear plant melting down, that she feels accountable for triggering.

On top of that, she’s somebody who suffered exposure herself and feels that she doesn’t have much time left. With the time she does have left, she believes the only thing she can do to make up for her actions is to discover and essentially take care of individuals she appreciated that she could not help when they were alive. This is a substantial difficulty for Morgan and Alicia. How do you assist somebody like that who is at such a low point? That’s going to be the difficulty prior to Morgan and Alicia going forward. But also, is there any light at the end of the tunnel for Grace, or is this all there is for her?

CHAMBLISS: Just to include, we practically did radioactive zombies in season 4, but we just truly didn’t have the room for it, so it’s something we kind of had in our back pocket that we were extremely excited about, and just having walkers that weren’t as simple to eliminate. Many of our characters are pretty competent at killing walkers now, and the truth that there are now walkers out there that you can’t kill in the routine way due to the fact that if you get their blood on them you could potentially be exposed to polluted particles, was something that got us truly thrilled.

Alicia has been on a killing spree, and we see a couple of instances where she’s truly nearly courting death or infection. Is that out of her system now? Has Morgan talked her down off the ledge?

CHAMBLISS: It’s a really hard journey that Alicia has already been on and she’s still sort of navigating. The important things that we’re really thinking about with Alicia is, she is a character who went to the lowest of lows in season 4 where the only thing she appreciated was killing the individuals who she blamed for her mom’s death. She pulls herself out of that. She ended up making amends with the individual who killed her brother and that was a substantial action, however even in accepting the assistance objective at the end of season 4, she still had a great deal of recovery to do, which’s where we discover her at the start of this season. She, in numerous ways, has turned to what she understood in season 4, which is violence, which is eliminating, however she’s discovered a method to funnel that for excellent.

At the beginning of the season, we’re believing of her as Wolverine which famous phrase he had, “I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do isn’t really nice.” It’s truly Alicia believing that this is the method she can contribute to the group. She states, “Every walker I eliminate, that’s one less hazardous thing out there.” What Morgan is attempting to light up for her– and Morgan is a male who has actually remained in that extremely exact same position where all he could do was eliminate– is that may be the much easier method to go, however it will ultimately result in her own death or the death of individuals around her.

It’s truly that difficulty he provides her at the end of 502 where he states you have actually got to unlock, and it’s difficult because you can’t put a weapon in between yourself and losing individuals, where we are actually kind of seeing some commonalities growing in between Morgan and Alicia, and I think Alicia is starting to realize that the next thing she’s going to need to do is the thing that is a lot scarier than running out into a muddy field filled with walkers. That’s actually attempting to make connections to individuals. Perhaps making connections to people who don’t want your assistance. It’s something that she saw her mom do and it’s something that she just hasn’t had the ability to bring herself to do, but it’s absolutely, a minimum of in this moment, what she understands she needs. And the question now is whether she’s going to be able to do it, and if she tries, whether she’ll have the ability to pull it off.

Look, I could sit here and ask you men about Alicia and the brand-new character of Grace, and Daniel coming back, and that’s all well and fine, however all I really wish to know more than anything is: Is this truly the end of Morgan’s stick? I’m really worried about the loss of Morgan’s stick.

GOLDBERG: No one is more concerned about it than Morgan, I guarantee you. There’s more story to come with Morgan’s stick. There’s an incredible history there and we will absolutely be telling more.

CHAMBLISS: We did take Lennie [James] out to lunch to break the news to him that his stick was going to get contaminated.

Okay, what can you state about what’s turning up next on Fear of the Walking Dead?

CHAMBLISS: We can state we’re going to the wild, wild west.

Well, you’ve been going to the wild, wild west for a while now. I mean, this has an overall western feel to it since you people came aboard. Is it going to be even wilder and wester?

GOLDBERG: You ain’t seen nothing yet. If you view season 4 carefully, we may have previewed in season 4 the location of where episode 503 will occur.

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