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Season 4 of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead premiered on April 15, 2018, and concluded on September 30, 2018, consisting of 16 episodes. The series is a companion series to The Walking Dead, which is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The executive producers are Kirkman, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd, Scott Gimple, Andrew Chambliss, and Ian Goldberg, with Chambliss and Goldberg assuming the role of showrunner after Dave Erickson's departure from the series.
The season marks a departure from the previous entries, with the story shifting from being a prequel to running concurrently with The Walking Dead. In addition to the group of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), her drug-addicted son Nick (Frank Dillane), his lover Luciana Galvez (Danay Garcia), and grifter Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) from the previous seasons, the story follows original series character Morgan Jones (Lennie James) as he encounters them amid their conflict with the antagonistic Vultures. Several new characters are also introduced in the fourth season, including journalist Althea Szewczyk-Przygocki (Maggie Grace), police officer John Dorie (Garret Dillahunt), and nurse June (Jenna Elfman).
Morgan Jones decides to leave Virginia to escape from people and ends up in Texas where he meets John Dorie. They are both captured and are eventually rescued by Althea thanks to her armored SWAT truck rigged with machine guns. Morgan is injured during the scuffle. She offers them both rides in exchange for their stories of how they became what they are now. Morgan, still distant, tries to continue alone and is once more saved by the two. Morgan agrees to stay with them until his leg heals. Later, they come across Alicia's group consisting of Strand, Nick, and Luciana where her group holds them at gunpoint.
In the past, Madison's group live in a baseball stadium with a larger group and it thrives until their crops are overrun with weevils. Madison and Alicia meet Naomi on a run who tries to steal their car only to fall through the roof of an oil tower. Madison rescues her despite the previous threat and offers her a place at the stadium. Naomi agrees. Later that night, a group of raiders in caravans show up and give them an ultimatum, leave or they will wait for them to die off. They know about the weevils thanks to Charlie; a little girl Madison took in who secretly spied on them. Madison refuses the offer and leaves the group outside.
In present, Alicia's group tells Morgan's group about the Vultures after they find one of their flags in the truck. They demand to know where Al found it.
Al unsuccessfully tries to extract info from the hostile group and take back her truck which ends up crashing. While the others look for a tow truck, Nick and Morgan stay behind. An El Camerio appears and Nick chases after it. He briefly remembers his mother as he passes a patch of bluebonnets and kneels beside them and is saved by Morgan from Walkers. Morgan tries to tell him that killing the people hurt him won't make it any better and even tries to convince the driver, Ennis, to run. However, Nick charges and kills Ennis. Later, Nick is shot by Charlie who runs as the rest of the group rush to save but he bleeds out.
Al finally manages to coax info out of Alicia's group where they reveal the Vultures attempted to starve them out of the stadium. They share regrets of the choices they made which led them to the path they're on now because it led to Nick's death. They arrive at a spot where Alicia's group buried a cash of weapons. One of the guns is shown to be Naomi's and the one he gave to woman named Laura. He deduces they are the same person and decides to search for her on foot with Morgan accompanying him.
In the past, Luciana and Nick go on a run and find an atlas to help the group expand their supply runs and find locations the Vultures don't know about. Alicia and Naomi's run involves the latter attempting to flee on several occasions as she doesn't believe that the stadium will survive.
Before meeting Morgan, John Dorie lives alone in his cabin until he comes across Naomi, who uses the pseudonym Laura, and John nurses her back to health. She helps him with her nurse's experience on how to patch her up. He welcomes her to stay as long as she'd like. Naomi insists she will leave as soon as she is better. As time passes though, she grows fond of him. After surviving a home invasion of Walkers, she professes her love for him and he gives her one of his guns to take with her on the road. The next morning, she does leave.
In the past, Madison takes Strand and Naomi on a run for supplies where Strand confides with her about his feelings towards Naomi and how he feels he hasn't changed as he hid supplies in a getaway car for a quick escape if things went bad. Naomi leads them close to a FEMA shelter before going on without them. She is nearly cornered by the dead until she is rescued by the two. Naomi reveals that she was responsible for the shelter falling when she hid her sick daughter while she went to look for antibiotics. She returned to find her daughter turned bit everyone inside. Mel and the Vultures vacate the parking lot upon realizing that Madison's group will survive longer than expected.
John and Morgan come across a member of the Vultures which the corner and soot off his finger. They warn him of Alicia and her group's plan to ambush them. At the meet spot, Alicia and her crew prepare to fight as a van with Mel and his group approach. As the group prepare to face off, Laura, AKA Naomi, arrives and an incensed Alicia shoots at her only to hit John instead.
In the past, Charlie returns to the stadium for help when Mel is injured. Charlie explains that she and Mel parted ways with the Vultures after Mel got into a fight with Ennis. Madison agrees to bring Mel to the stadium's infirmary, despite Nick's concerns that it might be another trap. As Ennis mounts a Walker army, Madison decides to send Mel away after he attacks Naomi but keeps Charlie with them. At Charlie's insistence; Alicia, Luciana, and Nick go after Mel to bring him back. As they return, Ennis' convoy arrives and they release the dead after and start an oil fire to prevent the survivors from escaping.
In the present, as gunfire ensues, Morgan and Naomi take John to Al's SWAT truck and they also save Charlie from Luciana's wrath. Naomi instructs Al to drive to the stadium. Alicia sees Mel crawling on the ground and kills him before her Luciana and Strand head to the stadium to kill Naomi and Charlie. Al's SWAT truck arrives at the stadium where Naomi explains the stadium infirmary still has supplies to save John. Al plows through the stadium gates where the stadium is filled with charred Infected.
Al clears a path for Morgan and Naomi to get to the infirmary but Alicia's group arrives and exchange gunfire. Alicia makes it to the truck and holds Charlie hostage for a brief moment until she and Al fight once more. Alicia finds boxes of ramen and demands to know where she got it from. She finds a tape where Al interviewed Madison when she thought she lost her family. Madison, in the video, says she will do whatever it takes to preserve her children's humanity.
Morgan digs his way out of the tunnel and comes face to face with Alicia. Alicia aims her gun at Naomi. Morgan convinces Alicia to relinquish the weapon and she breaks down in tears. As both groups come together, they reveal how the stadium and everyone there was destroyed while Madison sacrificed herself so that her family could escape. Naomi reveals to John her real name: June. Al lowers her camera and writes "Madison" on the interview tape. The group eats ramen around the campfire.
After the events with the Vultures, the group has drifted apart. Morgan and Al each live alone, John and June help raise Charlie who is traumatized and guilt ridden, and Strand lives in an abandoned mansion with Luciana and Alicia although the two barely see her anymore. Morgan decides to head back to Virginia with Al driving him, and he extends an invite for the rest of the group but all decline. He finds Alicia who is trying answer a call for help on a note and she is devastated when the person is already turned.
A hurricane forms and everyone gets caught up in it. June and Naomi drive in the SWAT truck and are battered. John and Strand look for Charlie, while Luciana chases her away before she decides to go after her after the former leaves her a gift. Alicia leaves Morgan behind to head off on her own.
Alicia takes refuge in an abandoned house to escape the raging storm. However, Charlie has also taken refuge their too. Alicia has reservations with Charlie being there, calling her garbage deserves to suffer a long life with guilt. Eventually, Alicia forces Charlie to help her fix up the defenses and later holds her at gunpoint after finding in Charlie's bag. Charlie heads upstairs where she steps onto a balcony and walks right up to the impaled walker, which grabs her, but Alicia pulls her away just in time. She realizes Charlie is suicidal. As the winds intensify, the girls end up trapped in a flooding basement. Confident that they will die in the basement, she begs Alicia to shoot her so that she doesn't turn but Alicia can't bring herself to do it. The Walker on the balcony falls onto the doors, breaking the lock. Alicia and Charlie escape. After the storm is over, they each go to their respective shelters only to find everyone gone. They decide to set off on their own.
Morgan wakes in Mississippi after taking shelter in a pickup truck where he encounters Wendell and Sarah. They explain that they are truck drivers who deliver supplies. Morgan worries about the friends he left behind and vows to find them. However, when he gets to a bridge, he decides to turn back. He saves Jim Bauer from Walkers and it is revealed the Wendell and Sarah tied him up and left him for dead after he refused to share his beer recipe and that they stole the truck for themselves. They ask for the location of Morgan's community in Virginia, but Morgan remains silent. En route, the truck stops and Jim accidentally knocks Morgan into the herd's path. Morgan jumps on top of a car. The trio leave him there and he manages to escape and catch up with them They confront him about providing false directions. Morgan agrees to take them to his community if they pick up his friends in Texas.
A filthy woman, Martha, listens to a radio broadcast from Morgan and talks to her Walker companion on going to Texas.
June and Al are stranded in the middle of a road as the SWAT truck has no gas. They locate a truck and find a box telling them to take what they need. Suddenly, the SWAT truck drives past Al and June. Al chases after it, dangerously speeding the truck, which maneuvers around a refrigerator and causes them to pop a tire and spin out. Al, who's getting sicker by the second, reveals to June that all her medicine is in the truck. June tracks the SWAT truck and the thief whom she threatens at gunpoint to leave. June radios Al to ask where the medicine is but learns there is no medicine and she just wanted her to get the van back. Al confesses the tapes in her van are all she has left of the people she used to know and love.
Morgan eventually reaches June on the walkie and her and Al meet him at a mile marker. June radios the thief, Quinn, to tell him that he can come with them, but he is killed by Martha's Walker who she lets go and replaces with the reanimated thief.
John and Strand end up stranded on small island. John makes a raft in order to get to land and find Naomi and Charlie. Strand is disinterested believing that it is doomed to failure. A gator prevents them from swimming across and presents a hazard on the raft. Using a battery from a pickup truck they use the Walkers ad bait to keep the gator at bay. They get midway but the radio horn cuts out. Their boat gets attacked by the gator and quickly fills with water. Strand fires his gun to distract the walkers while they swim back to the island.
Meanwhile, Luciana searches for Charlie in a library but instead finds an old man named Clayton trapped in a car crash. After trying and failing to free him, he simply asks for a last request, one last beer. On the road, Luciana searches for beer everywhere but doesn't find anything. Suddenly, Luciana discovers the box Morgan had left on the road, with a beer left inside. Luciana returns to Clayton with the beer and he happily tells her he’s glad she didn't give up. She asks what job he used to have and he tells her he drove trucks, before passing away in the car. She finds Morgan who has become aware of Martha's psychotic intents. As the look for the others, Martha chases them in Al's SWAT truck and opens fires the machine.
As the smoke clears, Morgan's group escape the truck before it explodes. Wendell shoots Martha in the chest and Morgan puts down Quinn before June can get bitten, Martha escapes in the SWAT truck. The group make their way to a hospital where they find a set of walkies in a hospital room. Despite Jim blaming Morgan for the state they're in, he kills a Walker. Morgan suggests they head up the stairs while Al looks for a generator to turn on the elevator. The rest of the group make it to the roof where June discovers that he had been bitten on the back.
Meanwhile, Alicia and Charlie continue to make their way to Galveston where the girl bicker over whether or not to save Morgan. Alicia explains that she wants to take Charlie to the beach because she needs something good to happen. They hear water nearby and see something across the lake.
Alicia and Charlie head to the city to find a boat to rescue John and Strand but encounter Martha. After a brief standoff, Martha passes out from her wounds. They tied her up in the SWAT truck which they use to rescued the stranded duo.
At the hospital, Jim remains on the roof while the others locate Al. Instead, they find Al's note telling them she's going to try to escape, along with instructions on protecting her tapes if she dies. Morgan leaves to find her while the rest stay behind. From the roof, Morgan tosses a walker off the ledge an onto a car, attracting the walkers away from the hospital entrance. Though Morgan implores them to leave, the group rally to get Morgan off the roof using a firetruck. Martha escapes during the effort. As Walkers close in, Jim tells Sarah his beer recipe before jumping of the roof to distract the Walkers. Later that night, Martha takes Jim's now reanimated corpse.
The group pickup an unconscious Al in the city where she discovers a tape from Martha to Morgan. In the video, Martha tells Morgan that she's disappointed in him and vows to make him strong. Morgan decides to help her despite John telling him that she's a lost cause. He meets her at a mile marker where she started her vendetta and drags her to a car before killing Jim's corpse. June, at the truck stop with the group, tells him on radio that everyone is sick and Martha causes the car to crash. She reveals her walker bite from Jim saying he must either kill her or she will kill him. She snidely reveals that she poured antifreeze in the water. Morgan suddenly loses it and starts choking her in anger before stopping himself. He handcuffs Martha to the car and hobbles away.
At the truck stop, the group slowly succumbs to the poison until Morgan gets into radio contact with them and June tells them alcohol will dilute the effect of the antifreeze. Morgan arrives with Jim's beer in a truck and the group is cured. The next day, Morgan puts a reanimated Martha down and after reading Clayton's journal, Morgan decides they're going to continue helping people where they are at.
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- Kim Dickens as Madison Clark (7/16)
- Frank Dillane as Nicholas Clark (8/16)
- Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark (14/16)
- Maggie Grace as Althea Szewczyk-Przygocki (12/16)
- Colman Domingo as Victor Strand (13/16)
- Danay García as Luciana Galvez (13/16)
- Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie (14/16)
- Jenna Elfman as June (12/16)
- Lennie James as Morgan Jones (15/16)
- Kevin Zegers as Melvin (6/16)
- Sebastian Sozzi as Cole (5/16)
- Evan Gamble as Ennis (5/16)
- Rhoda Griffis as Vivian (4/16)
- Alexa Nisenson as Charlie (12/16)
- Tonya Pinkins as Martha (6/16)
- Aaron Stanford as Jim Brauer (6/16)
- Daryl Mitchell as Wendell (6/16)
- Mo Collins as Sarah Rabinowitz (6/16)
- Jackson Beals as Bill (1/16)
- Matthew James as Hardy (1/16)
- Rob Mello as Thin Survivor (1/16)
- Kenneth Wayne Bradley as Douglas (4/16)
- Jason Liebrecht as Edgar (2/16)
- Tammie Baird as Ingrid (1/16)
- Tommy G. Kendrick as Slim (1/16)
- Nasir Villanueva as Ryan (1/16)
- Soleil Patterson as Molly (1/16)
- Charles Harrelson as Quinn (3/16)
- Rachel Mary Dudley as Stevie (1/16)
- John Eric Bentley as Hank (1/16)
- Brian Duffy as Proctor Nineteen (Archive Footage, Corpse)
- Anthony Martins as Purvis
- Unknown as Ellen
- Unknown as Lumber Yard Survivor
- Unknown as Leland's Bandit
- Efka Kvaraciejus as Leland's Bandit
- Heidi Pascoe as Walker
- Isaiah Cox as Walker
- Christina Sky as Walker
- Marque Hernandez as Walker
- Amanda Julian Johnson as Stadium Resident
- Christie Carbaught as Stadium Resident
- Clay Brunken as Stadium Resident
- Curtis Knox Johnston as Stadium Resident
- Destiny Soria as Stadium Resident
- Dewey J. Owens as Stadium Resident
- Dustin Springer as Stadium Resident
- Esther Peralez as Stadium Resident
- Faith Carolan as Stadium Resident
- Felicia Martinez Reyes as Stadium Resident
- Gary Jones as Stadium Resident
- Hristiana Buzbee as Stadium Resident
- Jarrod Dixon as Stadium Resident
- Joel Fox as Stadium Resident
- Luis John Soria as Stadium Resident
- Mike Lawler as Stadium Resident
- Nirav Sevak as Stadium Resident
- Nina Hargis as Stadium Resident
- Noah Reyes as Stadium Resident
- Robert Garza as Stadium Resident
- Shannon Houk as Stadium Resident
- Adam Chavera as Vulture
- Allen Robinson as Vulture
- Alyma Dorsey as Vulture
- Antonio Palacios as Vulture
- Bill Foster as Vulture
- Bralen Chinn as Vulture
- Bryant Burnett as Vulture
- Craig Alan Ries as Vulture
- Daemon Pedroza as Vulture
- Don Daro as Vulture
- Fontessa Booker as Vulture
- Grace Gilliam as Vulture
- Jason Bischoff as Vulture
- Robin Bonaccorsi as Vulture
- Roman Brion as Vulture
- Ted Parker as Vulture
- Tommy Goodwin as Vulture
- Welsey Millican as Vulture
- Chris Silcox as Truck Walker
- Joseph Marshall as Walker
- Liz Vera as Walker
- Leland's Bandit
- Bill (Off-Screen)
- Hardy (Off-Screen)
- Thin Survivor (Alive and Zombified)
- Ennis (Alive and Zombified)
- Nicholas Clark
- Rose (Alive, Confirmed Fate)
- Ellen (Alive, Confirmed Fate; Zombified, Flashback)
- Clementine (Alive, Confirmed Fate)
- June's Husband (Confirmed Fate)
- Ingrid (Off-Screen)
- Edgar (Alive and Zombified)
- Slim's Wife (Confirmed Fate)
- Twisted Round (Confirmed Fate)
- Lumber Yard Survivor (Alive, Confirmed Fate; Zombified)
- Benelli (Confirmed Fate)
- Purvis (Alive, Flashback; Zombified)
- Quinn (Alive and Zombified)
- Hank (Alive and Zombified, Flashback)
- Stevie (Alive, Flashback)
- Jim Brauer (Alive and Zombified)
- Martha (Alive and Zombified)
- 1 unnamed robber (Confirmed Fate)
- Many unnamed FEMA camp survivors (Alive, Confirmed Fate)
- At least 18 unnamed Vultures
- Possibly several unnamed Dell Diamond residents (Confirmed Fate)
- 1 horse
- 4 unnamed family members (Alive, Confirmed Fate; Zombified)
- Charlie's Parents (Alive, Confirmed Fate)
- 3 unnamed truck drivers (Alive, Flashback)
- 1 dog
On April 14, 2017, AMC renewed the series for a 16-episode fourth season and announced that Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg would replace the departing Dave Erickson as showrunners. Production began in November 2017 in Austin, Texas. Michael Satrazemis, a director of photography for The Walking Dead and director of 12 episodes, joined Fear The Walking Dead as a directing-producer.
In November 2017, it was reported that Lennie James who portrays Morgan Jones on The Walking Dead would crossover and join the main cast in the fourth season. The fourth season also sees the additions of several new series regulars, played by Garret Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman, and Maggie Grace.
The fourth season features a redesigned title sequence with new theme music. Each episode of the season has a different title card, and tells a story which will become apparent once the season is completed. The Hollywood Reporter reflected on the new intro, calling the new season, "a Western with zombies, very much by design."
Goldberg spoke of the season's narrative structure, which features multiple timelines:
"We're playing with the structure, depending on which story we're telling in the episode. What we find so exciting about telling stories across time is it allows for mystery and for finding characters in an emotional place and exploring how they came to be that way, and finding them in a very different emotional place in the flashback storyline — not only from a plot perspective of piecing it together, but also showing how people became who they are by charting them in the present and comparing it to where they've been in the past."
The new showrunners also were inspired by Westerns; Chambliss stated, "It all started with the themes we set out at the beginning: isolation and community. Those themes run through a lot of classic Western stories." Visually, the season is inspired by John Ford and Sergio Leone's Westerns, using Once Upon a Time in the West as a template for directors. Chambliss said, "it's all about having wide shots, not moving the characters, but moving the characters within the frame. When we get to the editing room, it's really about slowing down the cutting pattern, and harkening back to that style of filmmaking. It does infuse the show with a different feel than what we've seen before. It's something that we're very excited for people to see."
The third episode of the season features the death of Nick Clark, played by Frank Dillane. In an interview after the episode had aired, Dillane revealed he asked to leave the show prior to the fourth season. The actor explained:
"I had been doing it for three or four years, the show has undergone many changes in terms of different people in charge, all of this stuff, and I just felt like the beginning of this season kind of felt like the end of an era with this show. And television is hard work, and you have to shoot a lot. I also missed Europe very much. I'm not American, so after a while I get quite homesick and all of those things. I also felt like we had achieved what needed to be achieved in the first few seasons, so I thought it was time to keep moving."
On March 15, 2018, it was announced that the season premiere and the season eight finale of The Walking Dead would be screened at AMC, Regal, and Cinemark theaters across the United States on April 15, the same day as the televised airing, for "Survival Sunday: The Walking Dead & Fear The Walking Dead". The episodes marked the first crossover between the two series. The cinema screening also included an extra half-hour of exclusive bonus content.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the fourth season has an approval rating of 80% based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 6.85/10. The site's critical consensus is, "Fear the Walking Dead shuffles onward confidently in its fourth season with a bevy of horrifying set-pieces and heartbreaking twists, but some viewers may be dispirited by the series' constant reshuffling of its characters." TVLine reevaluated the series for its fourth season, giving it a "B+" grade. Reviewer Charlie Mason wrote, "it's gone from being an adequate stopgap between seasons of The Walking Dead to a show that's as good or arguably even better than the one from which it was spun off." He also praised the addition of Jenna Elfman and Garret Dillahunt and that season 4 has had several genuine surprises in its storytelling.
However, the decision to kill off lead character Madison Clark, portrayed by Kim Dickens, was met with intense criticism. Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, television critic Maureen Ryan highlighted the character as "one of TV's — and cable's — rare mature female leads" and cited her "baffling" demise as an example of Hollywood's ageist practices, adding, "the fact that this decision comes from The Walking Dead franchise, which has come under fire for its treatment of women and people of color in the past, is even more depressing."
- The season premiere of this season of Fear the Walking Dead is featured on the same night as the season finale of Season 8 of The Walking Dead.
- This is the first episode of the entire series that is played in Select Movie Theaters, as a part of Fathom Events.
- This marks the first time a new episode of Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead have been aired on the same night.
- This season marks the first season of the show with Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg as showrunners since replacing Dave Erickson.
- Below are the changes made to the main cast in this season:
- Following his character's death in "Things Bad Begun", Daniel Sharman (Troy Otto) has been removed from the opening credits.
- Following her character's death in "Sleigh Ride", Lisandra Tena (Lola Guerrero) has been removed from the opening credits.
- Lennie James (Morgan Jones), Maggie Grace (Althea), Garret Dillahunt (John Dorie) and Jenna Elfman (June) are cast as series regulars for their first appearance this season.
- As of "People Like Us", Kim Dickens (Madison Clark) and Frank Dillane (Nick Clark) have been removed from the opening credits.
- Lennie James is billed first in the credits.
- This season takes place about two years after the events of "Sleigh Ride".
- This marks the biggest time jump in Fear The Walking Dead continuity so far.
- The Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium is the key location in the first half of the season.
- A character from The Walking Dead is confirmed to crossover to this season of Fear The Walking Dead.
- The character was later revealed to be Morgan Jones, portrayed by Lennie James, who filmed his scenes on November 27, 2017.
- The trailer confirms that this season is set after Season 8 of The Walking Dead. Morgan left Rick's group in Virginia and travels to Texas, where he meets the characters of Fear The Walking Dead.
- Colman Domingo, who portrays Victor Strand, made his directorial debut and directed the twelfth episode of this season.
- The season premiere featured cameos of three of the main characters from The Walking Dead: Rick Grimes, Carol Peletier, and Paul Rovia.