The second season of Fear the Walking Dead just began, and, according to Comic Book, AMC announced the series has already been given the green light for another season. The renewal follows on the heels of the Season 2 premiere, which had an impressive 8.8 million total viewers. Fear the Walking Dead’s strong debut resulted in it being rated the number two cable show, with The Walking Dead claiming the title of top-rated show (no surprise there).
“What Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman have invented in ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ is to be applauded. Watching Los Angeles crumble through the eyes of our characters and seeing each make decisions and try to figure out the rules of their new world – it’s fresh, eerie and compelling and we’re all in for the ride,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “As Victor Strand observed, ‘The only way to survive a mad world is to embrace the madness.’ We thank the millions of fans for embracing this mad world and look forward to sailing far into the future.”
According to E! Online, the third season of The Walking Dead spin-off series is scheduled to have 16 episodes in 2017, which is two more than Season 2, and 10 more than what viewers got with Season 1. The Talking Dead, Chris Hardwick’s after-show, will also get another season and will continue to air after every episode of Fear the Walking Dead.
Fans can now relax and enjoy the show, knowing that the story line will continue on for at least one more season. For those unfamiliar with Fear the Walking Dead, the series follows a dysfunctional family as they struggle to comprehend what is happening during the early days of what amounts to a zombie (or walker) apocalypse.
High school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), her English teacher/boyfriend Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), her drug-addicted son Nick (Frank Dillane), and Travis’ son from a previous marriage, Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) manage to flee Los Angeles just in time with the mysterious Victor Strand (Coleman Domingo) coming to their aid.
During the second season premiere, the group found themselves on Strand’s yacht, the Abigail. After discovering another yacht that was clearly attacked and capsized, they quickly realize that being out on the open water doesn’t offer as much safety as they hoped. Alicia had been busy chatting with someone during the first episode of Season 2, and it looks like they may not be what they seemed. Strand must take evasive action when radar indicated another boat was heading toward them at a high rate of speed.
The second episode will find the group back on land and desperately seeking sanctuary. Fans were also promised that a character from the mini-series, Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462, will be joining the cast during this season on the show. Flight 462 was a side story about a group of passengers aboard a commercial airplane during the earliest onset of the outbreak. An infected passenger puts everyone on the plane in jeopardy.
Undead Walking noted that Charlie, played by Michelle Ang, will be the survivor of the doomed flight. Sharp-eyed fans speculated that the airplane that flew over Nick and the others during the first season was Flight 462, and they were correct in that assumption. The final episode ties into Fear the Walking Dead when Nick looks up and sees the plane, with Charlie and Jake holding hands as the plane goes down. What dynamic she will bring to Fear the Walking Dead remains to be seen, but she may just be what the group needs.
Are you looking forward to a third season of Fear the Walking Dead? Leave your comments, thoughts and opinions below. Fear the Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC with The Talking Dead airing immediately afterward.
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