Interview: Sam Underwood of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

Sam Underwood joins season three of ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ and the actor called the Monkey Fighting Robots hotline to talk about why he joined the show and what viewers can expect in a ‘no one’s safe’ season.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ has displayed more religious overtones than the original series and Underwood’s character Jake, appear to be playing Abel to Troy’s Cain.

‘Oh sure, I mean there’s so many parallels as Cain and Abel, there are qualities ‘Of Mice and Men,’ there’s also I know that the idea of leadership is coming in as well. The idea of a struggle for power was definitely, there was a Godfather referenced that Dave Erikson and I kind of chatted about in terms of setting up a sense of tension between the brothers, as the idea of leadership plays down the line. There’s definitely these, a lot of really interesting character parallels and I think Cain and Abel is definitely, definitely one of them. Cain and Abel is definitely more of a danger and I suppose Godfather is as well. There’s a danger to that and I think that Troy definitely poses a sense of danger that Jake is definitely not a part of from an ethical standpoint. Whatever attention that’s going to continue to build, (…) we will have to wait and see,” said Underwood.

Listen to the complete Sam Underwood interview below:

About Season Three:
Heading into its third season, “Fear” has solidified itself as the #2 drama in ad-supported cable among adults 25-54. The series is executive produced by showrunner Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert and stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia, Colman Domingo as Strand and Danay Garcia as Luciana. Joining the cast as series regulars for season three are Dayton Callie (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Deadwood”), Daniel Sharman (“The Originals,” “Teen Wolf”) and Sam Underwood (“The Following”), who will play the Otto family, founders of a survivalist organization who prepared for the fall of democracy, but didn’t anticipate the rise of the dead, as well as Lisandra Tena (“Chicago P.D.”) as Lola Guerrero.

As “Fear the Walking Dead” returns for Season 3, our families will be brought together in the vibrant and violent ecotone of the U.S.-Mexico border. International lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well. Madison has reconnected with Travis, but Alicia has been fractured by her murder of Andres. Mere miles from his mother, Nick’s first action as a leader saw Luciana ambushed by an American militia group – the couple escaped death but Nick no longer feels immortal. Recovering both emotionally and physically, Strand has his sights set on harnessing the new world’s currency, and Ofelia’s captivity will test her ability to survive and see if she can muster the savagery of her father.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ returns June 4 with a two-hour premiere on AMC.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.