Fear the Walking Dead will return for season 6. The news was confirmed by showrunner Ian Goldberg during the show’s SDCC 2019 panel. The news is not a surprise as Fear the Walking Dead is AMC’s second most-watched series, averaging over 2 million viewers, according to THR.
Fear the Walking Dead has seen its fair amount of change in the past few years after losing original showrunner Dave Erickson, who led the series into some really interesting stories that set it apart from its older sibling. Season 4 saw the arrival of new showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg as well as star Lennie James, reprising his role as Morgan Jones. Morgan’s journey to the world of the spinoff series meant some other big cast changes for the series, as it shifted focus from the Clark family, Fear the Walking Dead‘s original stars, to a whole new group of characters.
Both Kim Dickens (Madison) and Frank Dillane (Nick) were killed off to make way for Maggie Grace’s Althea, Garret Dillahunt’s lovable John Dorie, and Jenna Elfman’s June, and even Dwight (Austin Amelio) of The Walking Dead. The only remaining characters left from the original group are Alycia Debnam-Carey’s tough-as-nails Alicia and Colman Domingo’s delightful Victor Strand.
We know little about how season 6 will continue to change the show but expect another status quo shift when the series returns later this year. Here is everything else we know about Fear the Walking Dead season 6:
Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 Release Date
Fear the Walking Dead season 6 was originally set to premiere in 2020. Then due to the coronavirus pandemic, AMC paused production on the show along with The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Now its quite possible that the wait for Fear the Walking Dead‘s sixth season could be a lengthy one.
Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 Cast
The cast that survived season 5 will return for season 6. But there are also some additions to the roster.
Zoe Colletti (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) is joining the cast of Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 as a series regular. Her character is said to be “a pivotal new role that will unfurl as the season progresses.”
AMC has granted series regular promotions to Mo Collins, who’s recurred since Season 4 as wise-cracking trucker Sarah, and Colby Hollman, who was introduced in season 5 as Wes, a wayward survivor with a proclivity for painting trees, a pastime he passed on to Alicia, with whom he shared romantic vibes, only to be separated from her by the dictatorial post-apocalyptic Calamity Jane, Virginia (Colby Minifie).
Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 Story
Scott Gimple, overseer of The Walking Dead universe, sat down with EW in 2019 to discuss the franchise. In the process, he revealed a couple of relevant bits of information for Fear the Walking Dead season 6. For starters, the next season may indulge a bit of a time jump, as many other shows (including The Walking Dead) have done. “We’re going to see a lot of time pass. There is a lot of time that can pass, yeah,” Gimple said.
Additionally, revealed that Fear the Walking Dead season 6 will focus more on individual character stories like the show has done previously in certain installments. “Structurally, the show is going to change quite a bit. There’s going to be a great deal more focus within the stories, a little less vignette-y in telling 16 little movies,” Gimple said. “It still is a serialized story, but it’s told through these very focused perspectives.”
Still, Gimple (and everyone else) remains mum on the ultimate fate of one Morgan Jones.