The sophomore season of Fear the Walking Dead premiered last week and already the series has been renewed for a third season, Entertainment Weekly reports.
AMC announced the news on Friday; the third season of the The Walking Dead spin-off series will feature 16 episodes and is suppose to air sometime in 2017.
The second season debut of Fear the Walking Dead kicked off with roughly 8.8 million viewers (more than 30 percent from last season). The spinoff is the highest rated show on cable this season in the 18-49 demographic. However, this season’s premiere declined 34% in total viewers from its very first show.
AMC also renewed Talking Dead: Fear, hosted by Chris Hardwick who also hosts Talking Dead (after The Walking Dead episodes). Talking Dead: Fear airs after new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead. The live aftershow tallied 2.8 million viewers.
Charlie Collier, the president of AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios stated “What Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman have invented in Fear the Walking Dead is to be applauded. Watching Los Angeles crumble through the eyes of our characters and seeing each make decisions and try to figure out the rules of their new world – it’s fresh, eerie and compelling and we’re all in for the ride.” Collier also takes a moment to acknowledge the fans by saying “As Victor Strand observed, ‘The only way to survive a mad world is to embrace the madness.’ We thank the millions of fans for embracing this mad world and look forward to sailing far into the future.”
Last week during the season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, Travis (Cliff Curtis) and his crew sailed off toward the San Diego bay. On the way there, they come across a destroyed boat filled with dead people who were killed not by walkers but by other people. Watch what unfolds next this Sunday as the group attempts to leave the scene before the mysterious boat on Strand’s radar catches up to them.