Coming off a solid yet concerning season premiere, I was impressed with the way AMC's Fear the Walking Dead "The Hurt That Will Happen" gave us a sense of "forward motion" and that the season is building towards that "something" that was talked about during the show's pre-season. While we still didn't get any Dwight (Austin Amelio – but it looks like that's changing this week) and Althea (Maggie Grace) is still MIA, we were introduced to "Atomic Walkers" (our wording, obviously).
Unfortunately, so was Morgan (Lennie James) – who was informed by nuclear-expert-who-is-probably-more-than-she-appears Grace (Karen David) that he needed to say good bye to his walking/fighting stick. We thought Luciana (Danay Garcia) was getting better, but now we're not so sure – just like we're not sure "wind" knocked out the radio. Colman Domingo's Strand and Ruben Blades' Daniel had the reunion we expected – sorry, Strand – while Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) beat herself up over not keeping everyone safe.
Which is a whole lot of baggage to be carrying leading into this week's episode "Humbug's Gulch" – and as you can see from the following promo and preview, the series is really embracing its "western" vibe – even as the conspiracies surrounding our survivors begin to reveal themselves:
Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 3 "Humbug's Gulch": June and Dorie take shelter to hide from a threat, but a misunderstanding with a desperate survivor leads to trouble; Alicia and Morgan face a dangerous obstacle.
Thanks to the fine folks at AMC, we now have an official recap of season premiere "Here to Help" – and make sure to check out our review here:
If you're like us and you just want to get to "the good stuff," here's a look at every walker kill from the season opener:
A Look at '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. 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.