The undead aren't going anywhere for a while, as AMC has ordered a seventh season of Fear the Walking Dead. News of the renewal comes straight from the show's official Twitter account, which tweeted a video teasing the return of the Walking Dead spinoff. In the video, multiple references to the number seven are shown, from Texas road signs to a burning wooden seven in a campfire. "The past is dead... but the future is bright. #FearTWD is coming back for a 7th season," the post reads.
A spinoff of AMC's flagship series The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is halfway through its sixth season with its midseason finale premiering last month. The series stars Lennie James reprising his role from The Walking Dead as Morgan Jones, as part of an ensemble cast that also includes Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson, Ruben Blades, Karen David, and Austin Amelio.
Word of Fear the Walking Dead getting renewed follows a prior announcement from the network that the show's parent series will soon be coming to an end. The Walking Dead is slated to conclude with a supersized eleventh and final season in 2022, bringing an end to the hit zombie drama that's been a mainstay on AMC since its premiere in 2010. Its cancelation has also led to concern from Fear the Walking Dead fans that the spinoff could be ending its run as well, but now they can take some comfort in knowing the show will be getting at least another season.
It's also known that the end of The Walking Dead does not signal the end of the franchise on AMC. Along with Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond, multiple other spinoffs set in the same universe are also in the works. One new show will bring back Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride as Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier, following the two fan favorite characters as their adventures in the zombie apocalypse continues beyond the original series.
Meanwhile, an anthology series called Tales of the Walking Dead is also in the works. Each episode will present a different story and follow different characters, opening the door for all kinds of creative possibilities to further expand the franchise's universe. Some stories will be set in the past, and it's likely some characters who've been killed on The Walking Dead will return for one-off prequel episodes. Animated episodes and even a musical episode have been teased as possibilities for the series.
Andrew Lincoln is also set to reprise his role as Rick Grimes in a Walking Dead movie following the actor's exit from the show partway through its ninth season. While progress on the project is not moving very quickly, The Walking Dead Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple has promised that the movie will be "amazing." The limited spinoff series The World Beyond will also lead directly into the Rick Grimes movie. As of now, no release date has been set. This news comes to us from Fear the Walking Dead on Twitter.