'Fear the Walking Dead' Season 5, Episode 1 "Here to Help": Can Morgan, Alicia Buy the Team More Time? [PREVIEW]

With the season 5 return of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead only days away, fans have been making some pretty bold predictions about what looks to be an action-packed season that maintains that "pro-active hope" vibe from the previous season. For us, it's all about that plane we see in the trailer and key art. We're obsessed with the idea that FTWD will end up an unofficial "prologue" to the upcoming Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) film trilogy – and we're sticking with that until showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss tell us we're wrong.

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Meanwhile, AMC released an official sneak preview for season premiere "Here to Help" that finds Morgan (Lennie James) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) covered in blood, in the middle of a situation that looks like it went righteously bad, and racing the clock to get to the person on the other end of that walkie-talkie: Logan (Matt Frewer). But just when things look like they might go from bad to painfull bad, Morgan appears to have a plan that might just buy them some much-needed time…

Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 1 "Here to Help": The group faces unexpected dangers when they land in uncharted territory in search of survivors.

Fear the Walking Dead returns Sunday, June 2, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT – leading into the premiere of fantasy-horror series adaptation NOS4A2, based on Joe Hill's best-selling novel.

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Coming Up on AMC's 'Fear the Walking Dead' Season 5…

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.

But trust won't be easily earned. Their mission of helping others will be put to the ultimate test when our group finds themselves in unchartered territory, one which will force them to face not just their pasts but also their fears. It is only through facing those fears that the group will discover an entirely new way to live, one that will leave them forever changed.


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) will play young survivor Annie, who ends up crossing paths with our crew. Cooper Dodson's (American Horror Story, Preacher) Dylan and Ethan Suess' (Scorpion, Henry Danger) Max are two additional new survivors this season, though what their connection to Gavulic's Annie (if any) is still unclear. Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, The Stand, Watchmen) also joins the cast in the still-kept-under-wraps role of Logan.

Nisenson, David, Blades, Amelio, Gavulic, Dodson, Suess, and Frewer 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. As we saw from the images above, Cooper Dodson is on board as Dylan, Ethan Suess plays Max, and Bailey Gavulic plays Annie. 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.

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Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Mo Collins as Sarah, Daryl Mitchell as Wendell  – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 4 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

AMC's Fear the Walking Dead is executive produced by showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, as well as Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, and Greg Nicotero, and produced by AMC Studios.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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