Fear the Walking Dead has not even premiered its third season yet, but AMC is already renewing the series for a fourth next year.
It’s true that Fear the Walking Dead doesn’t pull in the same sky high ratings as its parent series. Don’t let that fool you, though. The Walking Dead has such an astronomical lead ahead of everyone else that there’s hardly anything else that comes close. And compared to the rest of cable TV, Fear the Walking Dead remains one of the most watched programs.
This series was slow to kick things off. Despite starting the apocalypse in one of the United States’ most popular cities, it didn’t feature that much action. It hardly showed any of the destruction in the city before the crew spent most of Season 2 on a boat. Many fans complained about the slower pacing and started tuning out, although by the end of Season 2, the show began picking up steam.
We’ll see if fans will stick with the show’s next season, which will be its third. But the network AMC seems pretty confident. iHorror and other sites report that AMC has already given Fear the Walking Dead a renewal for Season 4. Considering we haven’t even seen episode 1 of Season 3 yet, that shows a heavy level of confidence in the series.
Season 3 also marks the end of the road for the showrunner Dave Erickson, who co-created the spin-off with Robert Kirkman. Erickson is sticking around until the end of the season before moving on to other AMC projects. His replacement has not yet been named, but he or she will start work at the beginning of Season 4.
Fear the Walking Dead premieres its third season on Sunday, June 4, on AMC. In the meantime, you can catch up on the first two seasons on Hulu.