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Fear The Walking Dead: John Dorie Sr to take on ‘major role’ in Season 7

Keith Carradine stars as John Dorie Sr., as seen in Episode 13 of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead Season 6
Keith Carradine stars as John Dorie Sr., as seen in Episode 13 of Fear the Walking Dead Season 6. Pic credit: AMC/Ryan Green

If you thought that John Dorie Sr. (Keith Carradine) was brought in to help propel Teddy Maddox’s (John Glover) storyline along and then disappear, you’d be wrong. According to a recent interview, this character is set for some major developments when Fear the Walking Dead returns.

Season 6 saw the introduction of a doomsday cult-like group that was intent on causing absolute destruction. Spouting the phrase, “The end is the beginning,” they believed that to create a truly new beginning, the world must be destroyed first.

And they almost succeeded.

Teddy and one of his followers, Riley (Nick Stahl), managed to unleash one nuclear warhead before they were stopped. However, a surprising link between Teddy and another Fear the Walking Dead character was made before the Season 6 finale.

John Dorie’s dad knew Teddy Maddox before the zombie apocalypse

Sowing the seeds early, John Dorie Jr. (Garret Dillahunt) revealed to Rabbi Jacob (Peter Jacobson) in the first half of Season 6 of Fear the Walking Dead that his father was a cop whose big case involved a serial killer.

At the time, it seemed this conversation was more about John Jr.’s character development due to his relationship with his father at the time. However, it was later revealed that Teddy was actually the serial killer that John Sr. helped put away.

After John Jr. died, John Sr. unexpectedly turned up, and the connection was finally revealed. It was also timely as the group was now trying to stop the destruction caused by Teddy’s group and John Sr. knew plenty about the leader.

Garret Dillahunt stars as John Dorie Jr., as seen in Episode 8 of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead Season 6
Garret Dillahunt stars as John Dorie Jr., as seen in Episode 8 of Fear the Walking Dead Season 6. pic credit: Ryan Green

John Dorie Sr. is set for a big role in Season 7

While the opportune timing seemed perfect for John Sr. to turn up, kill the bad guy and disappear (or get killed in the process), this didn’t happen. Instead, he and June (Jenna Elfman) managed to shelter in a bunker built by Teddy to withstand a nuclear blast.

Now, in Season 7 of Fear the Walking Dead, John’s role will expand.

During an interview with with TWDUniverse on Twitch, Fear’s co-showrunner Ian Goldberg revealed the plans for John Dorie Sr. moving forward.

“Without getting too far into where we’re planning in season 7, he is going to play a major role in the show going forward. You see in the finale that he ends up in the bunker with June, the bunker that Teddy built for himself. He came a long way this season in terms of facing his past demons, his past ghosts, dealing with abandoning his son and then reconciling the death of his son and saying goodbye, and forgiving himself with June.”

As to be expected, it seems that John only just missing out on meeting up with his son before he died will cause some grief for him as he struggles to come to terms with the loss. However, as this unfolds remains to be seen. Viewers will have to wait until Fear the Walking Dead returns to find out more.

Fear the Walking Dead has been renewed by AMC for a seventh season but, as yet, no release date has officially been announced.

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