AMC has officially renewed The Walking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead for a fifth season, AMC announces Saturday (via THR ).
"In an environment where the selection of viewers is virtually unlimited, the success of these shows is particularly significant, with characters and stories that our viewers come into contact with and return to the next season," said AMC President the original David Madden. "It is a privilege to continue working with and sharing the talented creatives of these series, and we look forward to exploring the next chapter in the lives of these unique and complex characters."
Fear Co-Creator and Squadrons 1-3 Showrunner Dave Erickson resigned his role and Once upon a time executive producers Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg were installed as a new season 4 showrunner. Gimple brought in Walking Dead star Lennie James, whose rod-wielding Morgan has since replaced Kim Dickens & Madison Clark as the new top-billed series runner-up.
Following the departure of veteran Dickens and Frank Dillane – whose drug addict Nick Clark was killed earlier this season – stars like Alycia Debnam-Carey (Alicia), Colman Domingo (Victor Strand) and Danay García (Luciana) remain as part of one established cast since the merger with James and the franchise newcomers Garret Dillahunt (John Dorie), Maggie Grace (Althea) and Jenna Elfman (June).
The cast will continue to expand in the second half of the fourth season, with roles for new cast member Mo Collins ( Parks and Recreation ), Aaron Stanford ( 12 Monkeys ), Stephen Henderson ( Lady Bird ), Daryl Mitchell ( NCIS: New Orleans ) and Tonya Pinkins ( Gotham )
 59011] The first half of the fourth Season began with a figure around the campfire and ended at nine. Characters who began their travels in isolation clashed in unexpected ways and found themselves at one of the last places they had ever expected … together. In the second half of the season they will find out who they are now – as individuals and as part of the larger group – and how they will progress. You will see yourself confronted with new enemies – the humans, the wanderer and even nature itself. It will be a journey full of danger, love, heartache, loss and ultimately hope.
Fear The Walking Dead returns to AMC with its premiere on Sunday, August 12th. AMC has yet to mark a season 5 release date.