Also based on reporting from Bleeding Cool contributor Marcos Salinas
Looks like fans won't have to wait too long after tonight's season-finale of AMC's The Walking Dead to get their walker fix. Taking their turn on stage at this year's WonderCon 2019, the cast and creative from Fear the Walking Dead followed up yesterday's announced Sunday, June 2, premiere date with the official season 5 trailer… which includes the return of Ruben Blades' Daniel Salazar (with Blades making a surprise appearance at the panel).
From what we can see from both the scenes released below and the previously-released official season synopsis (also below), two things are clear: the new season appears to pick up pretty quickly from where the fourth season ended, and Morgan (Lennie James) is definitely in a "leadership" mindset now:
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 month, 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 a series regular reportedly named "Grace," and The Walking Dead alum Austin Amelio, reprising ex-Savior Dwight for the fifth season.
Nisenson, David, and Amelio join Dwight's crossover comrade Morgan 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 season 5. Daniel Sharman and Ruben Blades are set to reprise their roles as Troy Otto and Daniel Salazar, though how their characters will come into play during the upcoming season is still unknown.
Fear the Walking Dead is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, as well as Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, and Greg Nicotero, and produced by AMC Studios.
AMC's Fear the Walking Dead returns Sunday, June 2, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT – leading into the series premiere of fantasy-horror adaptation NOS4A2, based on Joe Hill's novel.