If you're a fan of the Walking Dead universe, things are pretty sweet right now – especially from the perspective of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. Following up on an epic appearance at this summer's Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC), we learned that the series been picked up for a sixth season – and as we've already seen, the second-half brings the arrival of new survivors – and new foes. Then there are those teases about this season being a game-changer and those connections with CRM and black helicopters. Hmmm…
It's hard to believe that we've reached the fifth season finale of Fear the Walking Dead – holycrapwhatswiththatending!?!
Well, who better to answer that thought-provoking question than series showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss – more specifically, if what we saw is really what we saw.
Because what we saw wasn't good… which means…
Now do we think Morgan's (Lennie James) dead? No – the wound look more shoulder than chest. Our bigger concern is his location and that he's all alone. Only way I can see that getting straightened out is if Ginny (Colby Minifie) has a change of heart and turns back – or we get a "deus ex machina" to open the sixth season.
Still… that ending did seem a little bit too Madison (Kim Dickens)-like in the "graceful finality" of it all…
Speaking with EW about the season finale, Chambliss and Goldberg were given the third degree over Morgan's fate (as well as a number of other questions heading into season 6) – and we're giving "bonus points" to Chambliss for observing the Scott Gimple "vague teasers" rule:
"What I'll say is we heard Morgan's final message that he spoke over the walkie that he hopes everyone in his group hears. The last words he said were "just live", and we're going to see A) whether everyone else heard that, and B) whether they're going to be able to do that. But the biggest question, which we're not going to give an answer on one way or the other is whether or not Morgan can do the very same thing and follow his own advice."
By now, you've seen the episode: he's all alone… shot in the chest… losing a lot of blood… and there are walkers a little too close for comfort. On top of that – he gave an uplifting speech! If there were ever sure signs Morgan was dead, it's those… right? Goldberg completely agrees – it does look like Morgan's in quite the pickle:
"Oh, you said it. It certainly doesn't look good for Morgan. We've seen Morgan survive some pretty scary things in the past, but this might be the biggest test he's faced yet. He's completely alone. He's without his entire group. He's been shot. He's got walkers encroaching upon him. So you know, as Andrew has said, he tells everyone else to live, whether he'll be able to do that, we'll have to see. And we'll have to see if even his message reached the rest of the group because there's nothing that tells us that anyone even heard. So that's a question for season 6."
Heading into season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead, the group's mission is clear: locate survivors and help make what's left of the world a slightly better place. With dogged determination, Morgan Jones leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts.
In the second half of Season 5, after successfully proving their way can work, our heroes gain momentum, rescuing survivors, and spreading the message of hope along the way — until foes both familiar and unexpected arise, forcing the group to question whether their brand of altruism can really make a difference in a world filled with death and decay.
Earlier this year, FTWD cast member Alexa Nisenson (ex-Vulture Charlie) was promoted from recurring to series regular for the upcoming season. Joining Nisenson are Karen David (Legacies, Galavant) as series regular Grace, The Walking Dead alum Austin Amelio reprising ex-Savior Dwight, and the returning Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar.
Bailey Gavulic (Prodigal, At The End Of The Day) plays young survivor Annie, who ends up crossing paths with our crew alongside Cooper Dodson's (American Horror Story, Preacher) Dylan and Ethan Suess' (Scorpion, Henry Danger) Max. Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, The Stand) also joined the cast as shady denim factory co-owner Logan.
Newcomer Colby Hollman is on board as Wes, a survivor who joins the group after meeting Alicia and Strand – and has more of connection to Alicia than either of them realized. Peter Jacobson (House, The Americans) is also on board as Rabbi Jacob Kessner. Colby Minifie (The Boys, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) joins this season as Virgina ("Ginny"), head of an organized group of militia-survivors. Holly Curran (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) also joined the series during the second-half of the season.
Nisenson, David, Blades, Amelio, Gavulic, Dodson, Suess, Frewer, Jacobson, Hollman, and Minifie join Dwight's crossover comrade Morgan (Lennie James) on the upcoming season of The Walking Dead spin-off series, which has undergone some major changes over the past year. Jenna Elfman, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, Mo Collins, and Daryl Mitchell joined James on the series last season; with Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, and Danay Garcia the only original cast members heading into the fifth season. Daniel Sharman is reportedly reprising his role as Troy Otto, though how his character will come into play during the upcoming season is still unknown.
Showrunners Chambliss and Goldberg executive produce alongside Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, and Greg Nicotero, with the series produced by AMC Studios.