When Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC on Monday, you may see some familiar locations. That’s because season four was shot right here in Central Texas.
We first heard rumors of FTWD filming in Austin in November of 2017. Then, on November 26, Lennie James, who plays Morgan on The Walking Dead, appeared on The Talking Dead live from Austin, announcing his crossover to the spin-off.
The following day, Director of the Austin Film Commission Brian Gannon confirmed filming in the Austin area.
“We’re grateful AMC moved the production in the Austin area,” Gannon told the Austin American Statesman. “What’s great about a TV series is it keeps our crew employed for long periods of time. We want productions in town generating money for the local economy and not moving to Atlanta or Kentucky.”
That same day, this video featuring James on the Austin set of FTWD was posted on Facebook.
“One of the really good things about the secret being out,” he said, “is that I can finally get out and see some of Austin and eat some of its fantastic food.”
Since then, multiple members of the cast have been spotted out and about around town enjoying the Austin lifestyle.
And James isn’t the only new cast addition caught roaming around the ATX. Jenna Elfman, Garret Dillahunt and Maggie Grace are all on board for the new season.
Jenna Elfman has arrived in Austin! She’s the newest cast member on Fear the Walking Dead. ••• Side story: I always think of Dharma and Greg when I see her. There was this awesome beaded curtain of the Mona Lisa on their set. I loved it… and then one day, I saw in a magazine that it came from Tesoros, right here in Austin. ❤️❤️❤️ ••• Great pic @chaplaindavid & @kickingelfman
In the trailers for the new season, we can see a few nods to the Lone Star State. One such nod is a shot of Morgan walking past a damaged Welcome to Texas sign.
We also see that the gang’s new compound is located inside a sports stadium, which we know to be the Dell Diamond.
Other filming locations include:
- Southeast Austin at Shady Cedar Drive and Onion Creek Drive
- S. Pleasant Valley Road between Springville Lane and William Cannon
- Williamson County near Thrall and Taylor roads.
But our favorite subtle nod to Texas is an extended trailer scene where Nick is being attacked by walkers with what looks to be a single bluebonnet sprouting up beside his head.
Can’t wait to see what other Central Texas sights are featured when Fear the Walking Dead premieres on Sunday at 9pm CST on AMC!
Here’s the full extended trailer.
Want to learn more about TV shows and films shot in and around Austin, check out our top 10 movies made in Texas here.
And check out how much Pierce Brosnan loved filming The Son in Austin, here.