Fear the Walking Dead’s survivors united at the end of season 4, brought together by the death of Jim, the 'Filthy Woman' and Morgan’s new philosophy for the apocalypse.
After the loss of two major characters, Madison and Nick Clark (Kim Dickens and Frank Dillane), the show focused on recovery, redemption and an emotional reunion of the expanded group.
In Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, 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 (Lennie James) 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.
When is Fear the Walking Dead back?
Fear the Walking Dead season 5 premieres in the UK on Monday, June 3 and will air simultaneously with the US broadcast.
It will premiere at 2am and will be repeated at primetime at 9pm.
Fear the Walking Dead airs in the UK on AMC – the drama channel, exclusive to BT customers.
Who is in the cast?
Lennie James is back as Morgan Jones, the original Walking Dead character who crossed over to Fear the Walking Dead in season four.
Alycia Debnam-Carey is the last remaining cast member from the first episode and Clark family, playing the tenacious Alicia.
Colman Domingo returns as fan favourite Victor Strand, who has survived the loss of loved ones, best friends and battled his own demons. No matter how terrible the situation, Strand always seems to able to sneak his way to survival.
Danay Garcia, who joined the show in season 2, is back as Luciana. Still recovering the loss of her lover Nick, Luciana is a loyal fighter in the battle to survive.
Season 4's love-birds John (Garrett Dillahunt) and June (Jenna Elfman) will be back, alongside tank-driving journalist Althea and former spy for the villainous Vultures, Charlie (Alexa Nisenson).
Who is the new crossover character?
Following the arrival of Morgan Jones from The Walking Dead in season 4, there will be a second crossover character – former Savior Dwight.
Played by Austin Amelio, Dwight was last seen in The Walking Dead at the end of the battle between Alexandria and the Saviors.
Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) spared Dwight’s life and told him to go find his wife Sherry.
"For some reason, Dwight keeps getting blessed with the best of both worlds," said Amelio.
"I got to work with actors from Alexandria and the Saviors. Now I get to work with actors from Fear the Walking Dead. After a year and two months of being a really good secret keeper, that's really exciting. I get to work with everybody in this world.
"I feel really blessed."
Who is back from the 'dead'?
Fear the Walking Dead fan favourite Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) will make a second dramatic comeback in the fifth season.
Salazar was presumed dead after he burned down Celia Flores’ compound in season 2, while he was locked inside the basement.
However, he lived to fight another day and returned in season 3 to become the muscle at the dam. However, when Nick blew up the dam at the end of season 3, it was presumed that Daniel was one of the victims.
Salazar's ongoing feud with Victor Strand will be resumed in season 5 – the last time the pair met, Strand shot his frenemy in the face.
"I think it was justified, from the perspective of Victor Strand," Domingo told journalists at Wondercon.
"Remember he left me for dead with the walkers. I think we've tried to kill each other, so it's fair.
"What's interesting is that we are coming back together, we are seeing where our journeys have taken us.
"Will it still be fraught? We still have history. We are some of the rare characters who have history. We're the only ones we've got, in some way."
Blades said: "If you see the trailer, there has been an evolution, there's been a time jump. Everyone has had different experiences and that is good, you don't have a one note type of performance where everyone assumes 'that's what he's going to do'."
Showrunner Ian Goldberg said that they had brought back Salazar because he "unfinished business" with the other characters.
Could we see any more old characters return?
When news of Ruben Blades’ return was first rumoured by ComicBook.com, they also claimed another fan favourite would be returning to the show for season 5.
Reports said that Daniel Sharman, who played the troubled and dark Troy Otto would be back – although it wasn’t clear whether it would be in a flashback format or back from being presumed dead.
Troy was last seen at the dam at the end of season 3, when he was hit with a hammer in the head twice by Madison Clark.
Showrunner Ian Goldberg has denied that Sharman will be returning, claiming that it was “just a rumour”. But that hasn’t stopped fans speculating at a surprise comeback at some point in season 5.
Is Andrew Lincoln/Rick Grimes joining Fear the Walking Dead?
Scott Gimple, who looks after The Walking Dead universe, has revealed that there will be much closer ties between Fear the Walking Dead and the original series in the future.
"There are different sorts of crossovers we are going to do to tie the shows together, tie the universes together in certain ways that have to do with the greater happenings in the world," he explained.
"In telling stories of the past we might see characters interact, or just see those characters we've not seen in a while."
"This season, I wouldn’t classify it as an enemy, but there will be this – beyond Austin [Amelio] – this very interesting commonality, this story strand that’s gonna be furthered on this show that started on The Walking Dead. And who knows where it will go? But that’s the thing on tap right now."
One fan theory about the new season is that Fear could link up with the storyline in the main show, where Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes departed in a helicopter. The theory goes that this might link in with the plane seen in the trailer. On the subject of that plane…
Where has the plane in the trailer come from?
Aside from the return of Salazar, the most significant shot in the trailer features a plane flying overhead.
The fact that there is still enough fuel and functioning vehicle this far into the apocalypse is a significant sign of hope for the survivors and the showrunners have said that it will be a significant part of the new season.
"The plane is sort of emblematic of the lengths that our group will go to to help people out in the world," they said, cryptically.
A significant walker
Speaking at an AMC Networks summit, Ian Goldberg hinted that one significant event in season 5 will involve a walker with a difference.
"Let's just say this walker will open a universe of possibilities for our storytelling," said Goldberg.
Fan speculation about what this might mean ranges from a possible evolution of walkers, early signs of a cure or an appearance from the Whisperers in Fear.
Watch the trailer
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 192.