Fear the Walking Dead fans have got their first glimpse at what lays ahead for the show’s survivors with three pictures from season 3.

AMC has released shots of stars Frank Dillane, Colman Domingo, Madison Clark, Travis Manawa and Danay Garcia – the first images of the new episodes.

The hit US drama series, currently shooting in Baja, Mexico, returns later this year with the show’s families brought together in the vibrant and violent ecotone of the US-Mexico border.

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A short synopsis of the show’s return has revealed the state of play when the show’s third series begins:

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"International lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well.

Madison (Kim Dickens) has reconnected with Travis (Cliff Curtis), her apocalyptic partner, but Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has been fractured by her murder of Andres.

Madison's son mere miles from his mother, Nick’s (Frank Dillane) first action as a leader saw Luciana (Danay Garcia) ambushed by an American militia group — the couple escaped death, but Nick no longer feels immortal. 

Recovering both emotionally and physically, Strand (Colman Domingo) has his sights set on harnessing the new world’s currency, and Ofelia's (Mercedes Mason) captivity will test her ability to survive and see if she can muster the savagery of her father."

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Fear the Walking Dead’s third season will feature 16 all-new episodes and is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and showrunner Dave Erickson

A wholly original companion series to The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the eyes of a fractured family.

Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC – exclusive to BT customers – in the summer.

AMC is the drama channel – exclusive to BT customers.

It is the home of US shows such as Fear the Walking Dead, Ride with Norman Reedus and Feed the Beast.

New series coming to AMC in 2017 include James Purefoy and Christina Hendricks swamp-noir Hap and Leonard, Pierce Brosnan's epic The Son and the thrilling Dan Simmons adaptation The Terror.

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Photo credit: Michael Desmond/AMC

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