With the season 5 return of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead now well less than two weeks away, fans are making predictions about a season that looks to have a strong action-oriented pace that rides shotgun alongside a sense of "pro-active hope" stemming from the end of last season. For example, that plane we see in the trailer and key art? We won't shake this feeling that FTWD is going to end up being some kind of unexpected "prologue" to the upcoming trilogy of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) films – at least until Scott Gimple breaks the news to us about just how wrong we were.
But we'll save that for another day… until then? We've got another teaser for the series return – and can we just get this off our chest? We're kinda' diggin' the soundtrack/vibe they've been going with for some of these promos. Great change of pace, and does a nice job setting at setting a different tone for the series.
And then there's those "nuclear walkers"…?!?!?!?
Now here's a look at the season ahead with some minor spoilers ahead…
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 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.
Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 3 "Humbug's Gulch": June and Dorie take shelter to hide from a threat and encounter a desperate survivor.
Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 4 "Skidmark": Charlie makes a new friend; Strand's rescue mission hits a snag.
Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 5 "The End of Everything": Althea chases a story with dogged determination, putting the mission, and her life in danger.
Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 6 "The Little Prince": Luciana and the group face the enormity of their task with determination.
Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 7 "Still Standing": Strand and Charlie seek safety; Dorie helps Dwight; Morgan and Alicia focus on the mission.
Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 8 "Is Anybody Out There?": The group fights against the clock; Sarah and Wendell get help from an unexpected source.
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) is also joining the cast this season, but in an undisclosed role.
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.
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 returns Sunday, June 2, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT – leading into the series premiere of fantasy-horror series adaptation NOS4A2, based on Joe Hill's novel.