LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) — Fear the Walking Dead will return for a third season on AMC.
The network announced it will renew The Walking Dead companion series in a statement Friday, just days after the Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 premiere.
“What [series creators] Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman have invented in Fear the Walking Dead is to be applauded,” AMC president Charlie Collier said.
“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,” he added.
Season 3 will consist of 16 episodes, up from six in Season 1 and 15 in Season 2, and air in 2017. AMC also confirmed its live after-show, Talking Dead: Fear, will return for a third season with host Chris Hardwick.
Fear the Walking Dead is based on Kirkman’s comic series The Walking Dead. The horror drama takes place prior to The Walking Dead television series, which will return for a seventh season in October.
Kim Dickens stars as Madison Clark, a high school guidance counselor and the mother of Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Nick (Frank Dillane). Cliff Curtis co-stars as Travis Manawa, a high school English teacher and the father of Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie).
The Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 premiere drew 8.8 million viewers. The series airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.