Fear the Walking Dead is back for a fifth season of zombie fighting, apocalypse surviving and jaw-dropping twists on AMC.
Victor Strand (Colman Domingo), John (Garret Dillahunt), June (Jenna Elfman) and Althea (Maggie Grace) are all back as the gang attempt to forge ahead with a new community-minded ethos of helping others. How could that possibly end badly in the Walking Dead universe?
Here are three reasons season 5 is unmissable...
Walking Dead crossovers
Last year, Lennie James joined the show as the first character to crossover from The Walking Dead to Fear.
Morgan’s arrival in Fear looks as though it may be the first step towards an expanded universe, where characters might switch from one show to another – including the new Walking Dead spinoff coming in 2020.
Joining Morgan this year is former Savior Dwight – played by Austin Amelio – last seen fleeing The Walking Dead after being shown mercy by Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus).
The circumstances surrounding Dwight’s arrival on the show is top secret, but we suspect he’s going to be more than a passing acquaintance for Alicia and co.
Will he be friend of foe? Is he still searching for his ex-wife Sherry? The complex antagonist turned ally will add plenty of intrigue to season 5.
New faces and shock returns
Fear the Walking Dead is a series, which constantly regenerates with new cast members every series bring a different tone and dynamic to life in the apocalypse.
Bringing a more youthful feel to season 5 are the trio Annie, Max and Dylan, played by Bailey Gavulic and teenagers Ethan Suess and Cooper Dodson.
Arriving at the start of episode 1, the kids meet our gang of survivors, but they aren’t as pleased with being ‘rescued’ as you would expect. What is bothering the trio and what they have seen looks like it will be central to season 5.
They aren’t the only newcomers in season 5. Former Holby City, Waterloo Road and Once Upon A Time star Karen David joins as Grace, a character who arrives in episode 2 with a dark secret that she wrestles with every day.
And most mysteriously of all we have Max Headroom legend Matthew Frewer – who plays a character called Logan.
The fact that the show’s writers have chosen not to reveal any details of his characters suggests that he could be a wrong-un – but what sort of threat will he pose to the survivors?
And did we mention a shock comeback?
We’ve already been given a shock twist before season 5 has aired with the return of the sublime Ruben Blades as the bad-ass Daniel Salazar. Twice, we’ve presumed him dead, but not even an exploding dam can take down the former LA barber.
When Strand last saw Daniel, he shot him in the cheek. So when they meet again, we doubt they’re going to share a coffee and reminisce about the good old days. It’s going to be explosive.
Is that a plane?
The season 5 trailer featured one shocking and significant shot – a plane flying overhead.
The fact that there is still enough fuel and a functioning vehicle this far into the apocalypse is a significant sign of hope for the survivors and the showrunners have said that it will play a significant part in the new season.
"The plane is sort of emblematic of the lengths that our group will go to help people out in the world," they said, cryptically.
What can it possibly all mean?
How to watch Fear the Walking Dead in the UK
Fear the Walking Dead airs on AMC in the UK – the drama channel, exclusive to BT customers.
BT TV customers can watch AMC on channel 332/381 HD.
Episodes will be available on catch up on the BT Player and BT TV App.
Sky customers with a BT Sport can watch on Sky channel 186.