Envisioning a New Chapter in the Fallout Universe
The creators of Prime Video's upcoming "Fallout" series are ambitiously positioning their show as a virtual "Fallout 5," offering a fresh installment in the iconic post-apocalyptic saga. Executive producer and showrunner Graham Wagner emphasized their intention to continue the series' tradition of exploring new territories in post-apocalyptic USA. Setting itself apart from the games, the show aims to introduce new narratives and characters while maintaining the essence that has made "Fallout" a beloved franchise. Rather than revisiting familiar locales like Boston or Washington, D.C., the series will unfold in Vault 33 and Los Angeles, adding a new dimension to the Fallout universe.
Diverse Characters Offering Varied Perspectives
To replicate the open-world experience of the Fallout games, the series introduces three main characters: Lucy, portrayed by Ella Purnell; Maximus, played by Aaron Moten; and Walton Goggins as The Ghoul. Each character provides a unique perspective on the world. Lucy emerges from Vault 33, Maximus is a part of the Brotherhood of Steel, and The Ghoul, having lived for hundreds of years, offers insights from both before and after the catastrophic blast. This approach allows the series to mirror the role-playing aspect of the games, where players can shape their own journey through the choices they make.
Storytelling Through Morality and Perspectives
Executive producer and director Jonathan Nolan highlighted the challenge of adapting the game’s role-playing elements into a linear storytelling format of TV. The solution was to narrate the story through multiple perspectives, thereby capturing the moral complexity and vast world-building of the games. The characters of Lucy, Maximus, and The Ghoul, each inhabiting different corners of the Fallout universe, allow the show to explore the broad scope of the game's moral dilemmas and gray areas. Nolan also mentioned "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" as a significant influence, underlining their vision of crafting a narrative that reflects the depth and nuances of the Fallout world.