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 year'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. Hmmm…
Last episode definitely had some highs and lows for our folks: we met Peter Jacobson's Rabbi Jacob Kessner, June (Jenna Elfman) realized that she's been pushing everyone (including herself) way too hard, Dorie (Garret Dillahunt) continue shifting into "zombie movie action hero" mode, Dwight (Austin Amelio) opened up about his time post-TWD and pre-FTWD, and we learn Sarah's (Mo Collins) Jewish and her last name is "Rabinowitz."
On the not-so-good side, Charlie (Alexa Nisenson) put the group in a righteous amount of danger (we'll reserve judgment on if that was a good move or not), while Althea's (Maggie Grace) tapes proved useful – for the wrong group. Logan (Matt Frewer) and his crew end the episode where they've wanted to be all along: the location of the oil fields – and in the following preview, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Strand (Colman Domingo) are getting the bad news…
In the following opening minutes to "Leave What You Don't," viewers start to learn more about the backstory that led Logan on his path… and if it fits into a much bigger conspiracy at play:
Which brings us back to the show's current timeline and the following "Bleeding Cool First" preview, which finds Rollie (Cory Hart) and two other members of Logan's crew running into a roadblock – but not just any kind of "roadblock":
Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 13 "Leave What You Don't": Logan's motives are revealed; Sarah, Dwight, and Luciana negotiate for the sake of the mission; Strand and Alicia race to the aid of a new survivor in a familiar place; a dangerous threat emerges. Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer, and written by Ashley Cardiff and Nick Bernadone.
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 (Jessica Jones, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Holly Curran (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) are also joining 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.
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 into the fourth and final season of Preacher.