What to Watch

What to Watch With Fear the Walking Dead's Maggie Grace

The former Lost star discusses her return to television, keeping secrets, and cutting the cord.

by | April 13, 2018 | Comments

(Photo by AMC)

The fourth season of Fear the Walking Dead moves the post-apocalyptic (or, maybe mid-apocalyptic) action from Mexico to Texas. But that’s not the only major change to hit the Walking Dead spin-off. There will also be time jumps and a new group of survivors fighting to make a life in a post-walker world.

One of the newbies is a familiar face: The Walking Dead‘s Morgan, who moves from the flagship series to its spin-off. TWD‘s Lennie James is joined by Lost and Taken star Maggie Grace and fellow new cast members Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope), Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg), Kevin Zegers (Gracepoint), and Evan Gamble (Hap and Leonard).

Ahead of the season premiere, which also acts as a crossover between the two series, Grace spoke to Rotten Tomatoes about her fierce new character, returning to television more than a decade after Lost, and having to keep mostly everything about her role secret.

But first, she dished on her deepest, darkest DVR secrets, and divulged her TV viewing habits and which other new show she’s most looking forward to seeing.


What’s appointment viewing for you?

Cliff Curtis as Travis Manawa - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 3, Episode 1 (Michael Desmond/AMC)
(Photo by AMC)

Sadly I don’t have any in terms of live television except Fear the Walking Dead, so I will be watching our show, hopefully with the cast. But I don’t have television per se, but I watch streaming. Being a part of this show makes me want to watch it live Sunday night with the cast and friends.

Rotten Tomatoes: You cut the cord?

Like, I’ve never had the cord to begin with.


We’d ask what’s on your DVR, but you don’t have one.

I travel a lot and I really like to sit down and watch something with the intention to watch it as opposed to zoning out. I plan to watch things. I’m not big into channel-flipping. I don’t love that experience where I feel like hours are stolen from me and I’m not sure what I watched.


What’s on your streaming queue?

(Photo by HBO)

I’m gearing up for a re-watch of The Wire, the greatest television show ever made. And The Honorable Woman, it’s this great hidden gem.


What’s coming soon that you can’t wait for?

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
(Photo by Hulu)

The Handmaid’s Tale. … I binged [season 1]. It is heavy. It was a dark time.


Jean Bentley for Rotten Tomatoes: Tell me about your new character, Althea.

Grace: She’s both unusually capable and emotionally deep. Somehow after everything she’s been through, even before society was lost, she uniquely prepared not only to survive but thrive in this post-apocalyptic environment. She’s got a sly sense of humor. She’s a bit of a wild card. I’m never quite sure what I’m allowed to say about season 4 — there’s so much I want to say about her; there’s so many things I love about her. I think she’s scrappy, which is, for me, the most fun part about playing her. She’s always looking for solution after solution.

RT: We’ve seen in the trailer that she meets up with The Walking Dead‘s Morgan. What was it like working with Lennie James, who just joined the show?

Grace: I adore Lennie. I’m really happy it was him. He’s a really kind, generous actor. I’ve loved his work in other things, so I’m really glad our characters intersect so much. Everything’s easy and relaxed with him.

(Photo by AMC)

RT: What’s it like joining a show in its fourth season? It seems daunting, though that not might be the right word.

Grace: No, daunting is the perfect word. It’s like switching schools halfway through middle school — everyone already knows each other, you don’t know where to sit at lunch. It’s definitely intimidating. And there’s a lot to catch up on in terms of the mythology of the whole Walking Dead universe. I came into it with very little notice so there was a lot to learn along the way.

RT: Although Lennie isn’t new to the Walking Dead universe, he was new to the show too. What was that like?

Grace: Lennie and Garrett and I had a lot of time together right at the beginning, which was great because we were all in the same boat. We were all new to the show, so that worked out perfectly.

RT: With the show’s move to Austin, Texas, from Mexico, there were probably a lot of new crew members to.

Grace: It was an odd feeling. It was unlike any work experience anyone’s ever had. It was a mix of crew that had been there since the beginning and some brand new crew that was based in Austin, and cast that was new and cast that had been there since the beginning, and writers and the showrunners that were there in a new location. But I think reinvention has certainly been a part of the series from the beginning, whether it was season 2 on the boat or a Broke Jaw Ranch in 3, it does keep reinventing itself. This is certainly a more extreme reinvention, but hopefully one that’s exciting and leaves viewers unsure of what’s around each corner and what to expect. I think there were a lot of great surprises in it as an actor.

(Photo by AMC)

RT: There’s going to be a time jump this season, but you probably can’t say too much about that.

Grace: I will say this, the writers have certainly played with time in interesting ways in this season. I never know what to expect.

RT: You were on Lost for several years, another show about surviving in a beautiful landscape. Do you think there are any more similarities between the two shows?

Grace: It really does feel similar day to day because you have this ensemble cast of grounded characters going through extraordinary circumstances in a really rugged environment. I would say that’s a fair comparison — just the ensemble and that environment.

RT: What’s it like to be a series regular on TV again?

Grace: That’s great, I love the sense of camaraderie it gives, and it serves as a nice anchor in life to keep going back to the same place. I had avoided doing television for many years, but I’ve really come to love having the same group of people and really getting to know the crew and having a character that can unfold over time. And I think that TV is the place now where all the creatives or directors can really make choices. That’s what’s happened in the last decade.

RT: Good job in your first season of cryptically teasing the show because you can’t reveal too much information! It’s definitely a hard task.

Grace: There’s so much I want to say! I don’t understand [the secrecy], because I would just think it would make the audience more excited to watch it — not that they wouldn’t watch it. It got really comical at WonderCon because it was so, so basic. It was like, “Yes, emotional things happen to various characters in various geographical locations.” I was like, “Aw, come on.”

Fear the Walking Dead season 4 premieres Sunday, April 15 at 10:10 p.m. after the season 8 finale of The Walking Dead, then moves to Sundays at 9 p.m. weekly on AMC.


Tag Cloud

worst movies book cancelled television rotten Disney streaming service APB cats cinemax Spring TV Superheroe football Christmas Video Games PlayStation Hallmark Spectrum Originals versus Amazon 21st Century Fox YA Certified Fresh CBS All Access Netflix RT21 Country latino PBS batman Sundance stop motion Lifetime Christmas movies Pet Sematary Box Office zero dark thirty foreign Disney Plus Britbox child's play Sundance TV Apple TV Plus OneApp Pride Month indie indiana jones Reality Quiz game of thrones Writers Guild of America breaking bad mission: impossible TLC cooking Winter TV Pirates Amazon Prime Vudu mockumentary VH1 spider-man travel sequel Fall TV Pixar stand-up comedy romantic comedy Tubi adventure The Arrangement renewed TV shows Nominations dogs golden globes Acorn TV History Hallmark Christmas movies Trivia Turner Classic Movies Masterpiece natural history Set visit Musical jamie lee curtis MTV Countdown President Music obituary A24 TCA 2017 Lionsgate Podcast Starz Brie Larson franchise unscripted science fiction Pop The Witch rotten movies we love GIFs TCA Winter 2020 Interview thriller Elton John halloween reviews Food Network Song of Ice and Fire Biopics Academy Awards Trophy Talk nfl screenings The CW green book Summer VOD criterion sitcom Action police drama TV renewals canceled TV shows nature Film Festival BAFTA war sequels Musicals diversity Creative Arts Emmys venice films CBS RT History transformers Walt Disney Pictures doctor who true crime Toys FOX Sneak Peek comic 2015 discovery Rock Crunchyroll Rocketman Rocky cartoon A&E Ovation psychological thriller dark Syfy a nightmare on elm street Logo Cartoon Network miniseries Black Mirror chucky Emmy Nominations Drama Television Critics Association universal monsters spy thriller FXX spinoff Cannes Black History Month Lucasfilm Disney+ Disney Plus Extras supernatural TCA 45 2018 ESPN Showtime Pop TV Sci-Fi video emmy awards Martial Arts streaming Valentine's Day satire Freeform political drama independent Photos comedies 007 Shudder aliens Endgame zombies Infographic hollywood Comic Book Holiday Tumblr dc technology Year in Review Chernobyl classics 4/20 Mindy Kaling Film Oscars Hear Us Out TIFF Mary Poppins Returns adaptation Classic Film The Walking Dead BBC America politics romance Nat Geo directors 24 frames binge toy story CNN Spike E! Rom-Com die hard Warner Bros. GoT Fox News medical drama Sony Pictures Anna Paquin all-time Adult Swim WarnerMedia serial killer 72 Emmy Awards Schedule SXSW slashers Character Guide FX vampires zombie Watching Series Star Wars Comedy Central Funimation LGBTQ Apple TV+ YouTube Dark Horse Comics ITV LGBT First Look Paramount Comics on TV TBS Stephen King ratings Star Trek Mudbound New York Comic Con Hulu sag awards BET Election ABC Family name the review composers stoner Discovery Channel comics series MSNBC SDCC crime IFC Films Holidays spain talk show news Superheroes cancelled American Society of Cinematographers Mary poppins witnail casting See It Skip It Super Bowl Thanksgiving Crackle TNT anthology Captain marvel Western video on demand scary movies award winner 71st Emmy Awards christmas movies kids BET Awards crossover Ghostbusters ghosts GLAAD south america Animation Opinion blaxploitation Chilling Adventures of Sabrina WGN docudrama richard e. Grant TV crime thriller based on movie documentaries Disney Channel hispanic Avengers DC Comics HBO Go elevated horror San Diego Comic-Con canceled 2019 FX on Hulu children's TV TCA Awards television quibi Netflix Christmas movies nbcuniversal HBO Max finale laika dragons harry potter historical drama Amazon Prime Video free movies animated Comedy singing competition DC streaming service Horror CMT robots Universal toronto Paramount Network Amazon Studios 20th Century Fox TruTV Tomatazos game show Marvel Television anime Nickelodeon cars Heroines Family hist Turner movies crime drama festivals 2020 Awards Tour facebook Tarantino Ellie Kemper best Marvel cops Best and Worst Bravo worst Mary Tyler Moore VICE BBC CW Seed Apple asian-american critics El Rey what to watch Kids & Family Marvel Studios concert movie parents Teen dramedy scorecard Disney Fantasy Polls and Games theme song Lifetime DGA Red Carpet Baby Yoda NYCC cults 2016 Emmys Women's History Month USA Network Trailer Binge Guide strong female leads BBC One Premiere Dates Calendar Mystery The Purge Peacock period drama revenge PaleyFest Arrowverse Epix DirecTV cancelled TV series festival X-Men Esquire werewolf screen actors guild ABC fast and furious space Awards TV Land Columbia Pictures disaster AMC sports biography USA teaser IFC Shondaland National Geographic tv talk OWN joker cancelled TV shows E3 dceu Reality Competition Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt boxoffice Marathons reboot justice league psycho remakes DC Universe HBO NBC comiccon twilight MCU blockbuster TCM SundanceTV Travel Channel superhero YouTube Red Grammys spanish language Winners documentary mutant First Reviews Sundance Now YouTube Premium Cosplay social media Television Academy 2017