Watch: The vaults, the year, the premise, the cast, release date, trailers, all the leaks & what people are saying about the upcoming Fallout TV show on Amazon
New vaults, hero ghouls, old factions and hopefully no lightwood linoleum. Yes, Jonathan Nolan’s Kilter Film for Amazon adaptation of Bethesda’s Fallout officially wrapped filming on 24 March 2023 and is currently being edited (post-production) with an expected release in early 2024.
And now there are some super juicy leaks and bits of info that could change everything about the upcoming Fallout TV show on Amazon.
Brand-New Fallout TV Show Leaks
It’s a bit low-quality, but there’s just been another leak. This time, we can clearly see a Vault-Tec logo on the ground, and a Hawthorne van nearby. (Hawthorne pops up every now and again in Fallout, but it’s not clear how it ties in apart from being a part of Vault-Tec).
Upcoming Fallout TV Show on Amazon
Featuring an entirely new and separate storyline from all the Fallout games, the Fallout TV show that’s coming to Amazon features numerous vaults in various locations and possibly intersecting timelines, like Westworld and season one of The Witcher – why else would you use the creators of Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy (Nolan) – yes, they’re married.
Watch: Bethesda’s Todd Howard on Working with Jonathan Nolan on the Fallout Series
We know the full cast and production teams, and we know that the Fallout TV show season one will have 8 episodes. And that Bethesda’s own Todd Howard is on board as executive producer. There’s even been loads of set photo and wrap-party leaks including the now-famous New York gas station remodel of Fallout 3’s Red Rocket Station…
Watch: Red Rocket Station Filming… Complete with Dogmeat
Plus: Super Detailed Early Morning Fallout Red Rocket Set Video
And of course, there are shots of Pip-Boys, Vertibirds (hinting at a Brotherhood of Steel or maybe even Enclave presence), as well as the original Amazon Vault 33 reveal, and various Vault 32 and 33 set leaks and screen test images…
Watch: The Fallout TV Show Features Ghouls and All-New Vault 33 (in NCR)
There’s even a little-known Megaton City-esque set leak – but more on that just now. All-in-all giving us a pretty clear picture of locations and possible timelines for the show.
So if you’re still wondering…
Will there ever be a Fallout TV show?
The answer is most certainly YES. And it’s in very good hands – Amazon is behind it and they’ve gotten Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy (aka Kilter Films) to write, direct and produce.
This is great because Jonatan Nolan (yes, he is Christopher Nolan’s brother) is not only a huge fan of the Fallout franchise, he says himself that Fallout 3 is what inspired him to pursue his career in television…
Watch: The Original Fallout TV Show Announcement
And the show’s done filming already and in post-production, right now. We’re expecting some news or a trailer by maybe October 2023 (because October is a very important date in the Fallout -verse), with a release probably in early 2024.
But, the big question on everyone’s lips…
What Year Will the Fallout TV Show Take Place?
This is hugely important information to Fallout fans because it helps them understand where the TV show fits in canon, and possibly find out which game endings were canon.
See, the various Fallout games are all fairly self-contained stories within the world, taking place in different parts of Fallout’s post-apocalyptic retro-futuristic America. And they all take place in different years, which is often the only clue you have to orient yourself in the Fallout timeline:
- Fallout 1: 2161
- Fallout 2: 2241
- Fallout 3: 2277
- Fallout 4: 2287
- New Vegas: 2281
- Fallout 5: (rumoured 2297)
And we most definitely have a Red Rocket station (in the Commonwealth in-game, around Massachusetts real-world) set in the new Fallout TV show that looks 100% from Fallout 4.
Not to mention that most of the Pip-Boys, props and styling seem to follow the Fallout 4 art style, so we can pretty safely say that at least some part of the show will be set in the 2280s.
And we say part because it really seems the show will be set in different locations and timelines. One of the most telling is the brand-new Vault 33…
Where is Vault 33 in Fallout?
Leaked by Amazon and Bethesda themselves, Vault 33 is located on the West Coast, in California, which in the game world is NCR territory (New California Republic). Specifically, Vault 33 is in the San Diego area (real world).
It’s where the tantalising pic of the Vault Dweller offering a Nuka-Cola to the cigarette-smoking Ghoul was taken (although the Ghoul looks like a mannequin, and this is probably just a colour test). And also where the same Vault Dweller is seen next to an NCR flag.
This means one of two things: 1) either that’s just the normal California state flag, meaning it was inside the Vault all the time (but some people say they see a two-headed bear on it, which is NCR), or 2) that is an NCR flag, which means that for some reason that Vault is open – and may have been open for some time…
See, Vaults in Fallout are not nuclear shelters as you might think. They’re actually test labs built by Vault-Tec to run often-gruesome tests on humans.
And Vault 33 certainly looks like some sort of school/academy. Seems to have something to do with the NCR. And maybe something to do with Ghouls? Likely since one of the first lead roles to be cast was Walton Goggins as a Ghoul (skeleton-looking zombie-like post-humans in Fallout, who still retain human qualities like reason and thinking).
Watch: Some More Fallout Show Leaks
What is the Premise of the Fallout show?
Now, there’s no official plot or synopsis for the show as yet. But we can draw a lot of conclusions from the leaks and show set-up. Most prominently that the Amazon Fallout TV show will probably feature different (perhaps converging) storylines, in different times and locations.
You have Red Rocet station on the 2287-ish East Coast. Vault 33 in possibly 2281 or maybe even way earlier San Diego. Vault 32 is still an unknown variable, yet Utah (one of the places the show filmed) would make a pretty location for it, which ties in with the Fallout: New Vegas 2281 timeline.
But then there’s also a mystery set leak of a settlement with a crashed plane on it. Which doesn’t look exactly like Megaton City (Fallout 3, 2277, Washington), but has a similar vibe – possibly a much earlier version of the settlement?
Then, of course, you can tell a lot from the cast…
Fallout TV Show Cast
The first lead cast of Walton Goggins as a Ghoul seems inspired since he made such a (horribly)great half-skeletal zombie (Crank) in Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
Then there’s Ella Purnell who plays an unknown new character called Jean, hinting at a strong female-led storyline.
Interestingly, there are a lot of characters only slated to appear in 4 or 5 episodes. The only cast member publicly known to appear in all 8 of the Fallout TV show episodes is Norm, played by Moisés Arias (Bonzo in the Ender’s Game movie).
Here’s what we know:
- Moises Arias as Norm (8 episodes)
- Johnny Pemberton as Thaddeus (5 episodes)
- Aixa Kendrick as Moldaver’s Elite Guard (5 episodes)
- Walton Goggins as Walton Goggins (4 episodes)
- Ella Purnell as Ella Purnell (4 episodes)
- Kyle MacLachlan as Kyle MacLachlan (4 episodes)
- Aaron Moten as Maximus (4 episodes)
- Leer Leary as Davey (4 episodes)
- Dave Register as Chet (4 episodes)
- Xelia Mendes-Jones as – (4 episodes)
- Rodrigo Luzzi as Reg (4 episodes)
- Annabel O’Hagan as Steph (3 episodes)
- Justin Clarke as Power Armor #5 (3 episodes)
- Cherien Dabis as Birdie (2 episodes)
- Christopher Parker as Sheriff Rex (2 episodes)
- Harry Sutton Jr. as Dr. Edmunson (2 episodes)
- Daniel J. Martin as Dervin (2 episodes)
Amazon Fallout Series Release Date
There’s no official release date as yet. But filming wrapped in March 2023, and considering post-production normally takes 7–12 months, it’s more likely we’ll see the Fallout TV series on Amazon in early 2024 – possibly a January/February slot to mimic The Last of Us success.
That said, the Last of Us was a successful post-apocalyptic sci-fi, and that stopped filming in July and released in January (6 months), so there’s always a chance the Nolans and team could burn that midnight oil and get us the Fallout show by say November.
There’s even a fan theory that Bethesda and Amazon will want to try to release it in October 2023. Since Fallout games are almost always set in the month of October. That would be amazing, but it’s a bit of a stretch.
The Fallout TV Show Trailer
There’s no official show trailer as yet. But Amazon did release a special preview in October 2022 on the 25th anniversary of Fallout…
What is the Fallout TV show based on?
For those unfamiliar with Fallout, the best-selling Bethesda game series, and now the TV show, are set on an alternate Earth – mostly in the US, so far. It is a retro-futuristic and post-apocalyptic world in the aftermath of a devastating nuclear war, with often dark humour.
It’s retro-futurism because it takes place in the future, but the people in the world are culturally stuck in the 1950s-60s. This is because in this version of Earth, WWII and the Cold War sparked humanity to invest everything in nuclear technology – so they never invent microchips or the internet.
It’s post-apocalyptic because, on 23 October 2077, the world is almost destroyed in a nuclear war. (Between the US and China, but with loads of other players involved, including the infamous Vault-Tec Corporation).
The Fallout stories are of the remnants of humanity – and some mutated new lifeforms. Their various factions and grossly misappropriated technology. Mainly as they survive, search for meaning and maybe even create a new world. So far mostly set in what was once the US.
Most Fallout games are rather self-contained stories of characters in this world. And they have multiple outcomes, so it’s not until the next game comes out (and now even the show), that we learn which ending is canon.
This means the TV show could tie up and link a whole lot of individual Fallout stories. Or at least set up the next game, Fallout 5 (delayed to possible after 2026).
What People Are Saying About the Fallout TV Show
“Ughhhh, the nostalgia it just makes me wanna play sooo bad!!! 🥰”
“Omg I can’t wait 😁”
“I hope they go over how super mutants were made and have the master be the main villain like Fallout 1.”
“I hope it turns out to be megaton because fallout 3 is like, my fav game of all time 😭 either kudos to their design crew because damn”
“I’ve wanted to see a Fallout show for years. I just can’t imagine a worse era of socio-politics to bring it out in.”
“I just hope we get to see Dogmeat and a Deathclaw with exceptional CGI 😊”
“Can’t freakin wait. Nolan is a brilliant story teller so I have faith.”
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