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 and a scenario 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.
New teaser and key art
The key art for the new season has also been revealed with the tag line, 'Face your past. Face your fears'.
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 prime time 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 Walking Dead character who crossed over to Fear the Walking Dead in season four.
Alycia Debnam-Carey is the tenacious Alicia Clark, the last remaining cast member from the first episode and now the sole surviving member of the Clark family.
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."
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about Dwight's arrival, showrunner Ian Goldberg said: "We love Dwight. We love Austin Amelio. We’re huge fans of his character and his work on The Walking Dead. When we started to talk about bringing Dwight over, it started in the same place for us emotionally as when we were talking last season about Morgan, and that is: Emotionally, what’s the story we’re telling on a bigger scale this season?
"This season is going to be about our characters grappling with the things they’ve done in their past and looking for redemption through the things they’re doing now, and for anyone who knows Dwight’s story on The Walking Dead, he is someone who did a lot of bad things over his time as a Savior. He hurt a lot of people, he did a lot of things he regrets, but he was given a second chance by Daryl at the end of season 8 when Daryl spared his life and sent him away and told him to find Sherry and to make it right.
"That’s the last we saw of Dwight on The Walking Dead, and we’re going to see how that’s been going for him and if he’s been able to achieve either of those things that Daryl told him to do."
More new characters revealed
Fear the Walking Dead has revealed three new young cast members for season 5.
Bailey Gavulic, 21, will play Annie on the show, Ethan Suess, 15, will play Max, and Cooper Dodson, 13, will play Dylan.
The news of the casting was confirmed on Twitter.
Karen David, who has previously starred in Holby City, Waterloo Road, Once Upon A Time and Galavant, will play Grace, a characters "wrestling with some things she did in her past."
"There’s going to be an interesting dynamic at play with both Morgan and Alicia and how their stories coalesce with Grace's," Ian Goldberg told EW,
Another new cast member will be Matthew Frewer, who famouslt played Max Headroom in the 1980s and more recently starred in Orphan Black, Altered Carbon and The BFG,
"We don’t want to say too much about the character he’s playing, but we're excited about it," said Goldberg.
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.
In an interview with EW about the season 5, showrunner Andrew Chambliss said: "He's a character who we've seen a very nurturing paternal side from, but he’s also a character that we’ve seen a very dark side from, who has a very traumatic past that goes all the way back to his childhood. The thing that is most interesting to us is to explore what side of Daniel Salazar will win out in something as traumatic as what happened at the dam and what he was dealing with emotionally with the loss of his daughter.
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 or whether he wasn't dead after all.
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.
Any chance of Madison Clark returning?
Kim Dickens has reignited hope for fans that she could one day return to the show as Madison Clark, revealing that she's open to the idea of making a comeback.
Madison, who was the lead character for the first four seasons, is believed to be dead after a zombie attack at the baseball stadium she had set up as a home for the survivors. However, her death was not shown on screen and characters have survived closer calls in the past.
Speaking to MovieWeb about the possibility of going back to Fear, Dickens said that the ball was in the court of the show's writers.
"As far as I know, she's dead! It was the part I'm most proud of," said Dickens.
"Helping build that show from the beginning, across three different countries – that character was something I felt I had grown my whole career to get to play.
"I'm so proud of it, and it ended too soon for what I wanted, but there were a lot of changes over there creatively.
"I can't imagine they would want to revisit Madison, but she was a great character. I'm so proud of it."
A new theory about Madison's return started after a fan posted a picture on Reddit, claiming to be from the set of season 5.
The picture was of a tree with Madison's final words on the show written on it: "No one's gone until they're gone". There is no confirmation this was from the current set or even if it was, that the words are written by Madison.
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 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 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 186.