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Fallout Series Debuts New Images, Character and Plot Details Revealed

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Several new images dive into the world of Prime Video's Fallout series, and plot details have also been revealed.

Coming to Prime Video in April 2024, Fallout is directly based on the popular video game series, but not many details about its plot had been previously shared. Per Vanity Fair, co-creator Jonathan Nolan opened up about the new series, sharing many new details about the show's lead character -- a vault-dweller named Lucy, played by Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets). Also unveiled were a variety of new photos showing Purnell's Lucy along with the other characters who will appear in the show.

Like protagonists from the video games, Lucy is someone who'd been raised in a vault, completely unfamiliar with life on the outside world. Because of a "crisis," Lucy is forced to leave the vault to embark on a rescue mission, going on to encounter mutant "abominations" along with human threats who are no less dangerous. Nolan teased of the foes Lucy will face, "The games are about the culture of division and haves and have-nots that, unfortunately, have only gotten more and more acute in this country and around the world over the last decades." He also teased how the show will track "her collision with the hard reality of other people’s experiences and what happened to the people who, frankly, were left behind, left to die."

"Lucy is charming and plucky and strong…and then you see she’s confronted with the reality of, hey, maybe the supposedly virtuous things you grew up with are not necessarily that virtuous," Nolan further said of the show's protagonist. "If they are virtuous, they’re couched in a circumstantial virtuousness. It’s a luxury virtue. You have your point of view because you never ran out of food, right? You guys were able to share everything—because you had enough to share.”

With several characters to choose from, having the right companion is crucial to surviving the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 4.

Nolan also revealed another new character: Maximus, a wannabe soldier played by Aaron Moten (The Night Of). Maximus was raised by the Brotherhood of Steel, coming into this post-apocalyptic world in a very different way compared to Lucy. Nolan teased of the live-action show's version of the group, "It’s a little bit of the Marine Corps. It’s a little bit of the Knights Templar. It’s this kind of weird fusion. In the absence of a federal government, you just had all this military hardware lying around. Who would get it, and how would they maintain control of it? A mutated version of patriotism, religion, loyalty, and fraternity.”

“He’s a squire,” Nolan further explained about the Maximus character and how he plays into the story. “This is a drawing on the classic Arthurian Knight legends where life was cheap and you had a squire as long as they were useful. They had to prove their worth, they had to prove their valor and their strength, and if they didn’t, they were kind of cast aside.”

Walton Goggins Plays The Ghoul

Other characters confirmed by Nolan include Kyle MacLachlan as Lucy's father and the overseer of Vault 33; Sarita Choudhury as a "different kind of leader in this world, willing to sacrifice anything" for her people; Moises Ariasas Lucy's inquisitive brother; and Michael Emerson as enigmatic researcher Wilzig. Walton Goggins also notably stars as a bounty hunter known as The Ghoul, a survivor who's existed for centuries and is described as the "Good, the Bad, and the Ugly all rolled into one." The series will explore his backstory with flashbacks to when he was a human and family man, formerly known as Cooper Howard.

“Walton’s equally adept at drama and comedy, which is so difficult,” Nolan explained. “There is a chasm in time and distance between who this guy was and who he’s become, which for me creates an enormous dramatic question: What happened to this guy? So we’ll walk backwards into that. He becomes our guide and our protagonist in that [older] world, even as we understand him to be the antagonist at the end of the world."

Fallout will premiere on Prime Video on April 12, 2024.

Source: Vanity Fair

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