While AMC's Fear the Walking Dead fifth season kick-off "Here to Help" may have been lacking in Dwight (Austin Amelio) and some of that "optimism" we were promised duirng the show's preseason (more on that in our review here), it had some major bonuses to make up for it. Matt Frewer's Logan has some serious long-term potential as a character, and viewers were also introduced to some promising young cast additions.
But for us? It was showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss doing us a solid by proving our suspicions correct: Althea (Maggie Grace) became the show's linking device to the upcoming Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) films – the potential of which elevates this season's importance dramatically. From what we can see from the newest preview for second episode "The Hurt That Will Happen," it's a storyline the show isn't backing away from any time soon – as Morgan (Lennie James) reassures Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) that they'll do whatever it takes to get Althea back:
In the following official promo and sneak preview for tonight's episode "The Hurt That Will Happen," our heroes aren't wasting any time getting Althea back – possible offering more clues to the "robo-soldiers" with the familar insginias. Meanwhile… now knowing the identity of "Skidmark," Strand (Colman Domingo) prepares for an unexpected reunion with an all-too-familiar face – a reunion he may not survive:
Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 2 "The Hurt That Will Happen": Morgan and Alicia meet a survivor; the group struggles to achieve their goal; Strand makes contact.
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. 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.
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.
Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT – leading fantasy-horror series adaptation NOS4A2, based on Joe Hill's best-selling novel.