Fear The Walking Dead renewed for season 4 with new showrunner

Nick Clark and Luciana - Fear The Walking Dead, AMC
Nick Clark and Luciana - Fear The Walking Dead, AMC /

Fear The Walking Dead’s third season hasn’t arrived yet but AMC has already given The Walking Dead companion series another season.

Fear The Walking Dead has been a hit or miss with fans. Fans of The Walking Dead seem to either really like or really dislike the companion series. But it’s enough of a hit that AMC has given the show a 4th season even though season 3 won’t air until June.

Recently AMC announced that showrunner Dave Erickson, who was with the show since the beginning, would be leaving after season 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there will be two new additions taking his place. And there will be a new executive producer that fans already know.

Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg who have worked on shows like Once Upon A Time, The Vampire Diaries and Dollhouse, will be taking over the position left vacant by Erickson. Overseeing them as Executive Producer will be The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple.

With Gimple working on both Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead the world of the companion series might develop a little more continuity with the original show.

Fans have often criticized Fear The Walking Dead’s disconnection from the world of The Walking Dead. Bringing in Gimple might bridge that gap and make AMC’s companion series a little more interesting to fans of the flagship program who have not embraced the different characters and setting.

Mixed Reaction From Fans

Despite the fact that Fear is set in the same universe as TWD some fans have not embraced the show. Fear The Walking Dead is set at the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse and has had characters fleeing the US to Mexico and now heading back to the US in the upcoming season 3.

Some fans don’t think that the companion series is as good as TWD and see it as an imitation of the original show. But others have enjoyed seeing stories from another part of the zombie apocalypse and like having another show set in The Walking Dead world.

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Fear The Walking Dead Ratings

While Fear The Walking Dead hasn’t seen the record-breaking ratings that The Walking Dead consistently has the ratings are still high for a cable show. In season 1 Fear The Walking Dead averaged 7 million viewers per episode. That puts ratings for Fear on par with the HBO hit Game of Thrones.

In season 2 Fear averaged about 4 million viewers per episode. That’s higher than many other genre shows. It also beat the ratings for Into The Badlands.  AMC tried to boost the ratings for by airing it between The Walking Dead and Talking Dead. Fans were not too happy about that placement.

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Season 3 of Fear The Walking Dead premieres on June 4, 2017. It will be interesting to see what changes the new showrunners and Scott Gimple bring to the show in season 4.