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'Fear the Walking Dead' season 2 now has a big 'Titanic' connection

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Merie Weismiller Wallace

Fear the Walking Dead is going out to sea for season 2 — and they’re getting some big help from James Cameron’s Titanic

AMC announced Thursday they will shoot next season of The Walking Dead prequel in the massive Baja water tank that was constructed for Cameron’s 1997 Oscar winner. 

“We are thrilled to be starting production and even more thrilled to be shooting in Mexico,” said showrunner Dave Erickson. “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. We couldn’t be happier.”

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Season 1 of Fear concluded with Madison (Kim Dickens), Travis (Cliff Curtis) and their extended family taking temporary shelter in Strand’s (Colman Domingo) gated estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As civil unrest continues to grow and the dead take over Los Angeles, Strand prepares to escape to “Abigail,” his large yacht moored offshore. 

The show’s producers have previously revealed the zombie drama headed out to sea for next season. It’s a bold move since water-based filmmaking tends to be notoriously difficult and expensive — even when controlling most of the elements by using a tank. Baja Studios’ combined 20 million gallon tank was originally built in 1996 by 20th Century Fox. 

The ocean setting will hopefully give the series a jolt of narrative energy, plus provide a setting that’s never been used before in the land-locked Walking Dead franchise. It’s a safe bet that water zombies are coming. Let’s just hope two characters don’t try to survive by floating on the same wooden door. Fear returns next spring.

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