The opening minutes of Fear the Walking Dead season 5 tease a catastrophic plane crash that puts Morgan and the other survivors at risk. The zombie spinoff is set to begin its fifth season and second under new co-showrunners Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss, establishing a new direction for the series and its ever-changing cast of characters. That direction is to do what can be done to improve the world, one encounter at a time.
It’s a far cry from the usual kill-or-be-killed spirit of the show and its older sibling, The Walking Dead. But with a character like Morgan (Lennie James) ostensibly leading the survivors, it’s no surprise that the story might find itself open to changing its ways, at least somewhat. The series is still very much part of the zombie-killing franchise that once dominated cable television, but this altered approach stands a chance at being the breath of fresh air needed to wipe the stench of rotting corpses away.
To get fans primed for the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead season 5, AMC has released the first four-ish minutes into the wilds of the internet. It’s a tense few minutes that first focuses on a pair of kids hunting deer, before coming across a hungry walker. Things look dire for the little moppets as their one rifle jams at the worst possible moment, but things go from bad to worse when a propeller plane nearly takes everyone out. Watch the opening sequence to Fear the Walking Dead season 5 below:
“In Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, the group’s mission is clear: locate survivors and help make what’s left of the world a slightly better place. With dogged determination, Morgan Jones (Lennie James) leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts. But trust won't be easily earned. Their mission of helping others will be put to the ultimate test when our group finds themselves in unchartered territory, one which will force them to face not just their pasts but also their fears. It is only through facing those fears that the group will discover an entirely new way to live, one that will leave them forever changed.”
Though much of the scene is a variation on scenarios both shows have done before — hapless individuals foolishly stand their ground against the undead instead of running in the opposite direction — the idea of a plane crashing long after the apocalypse has happened is one that’s more or less new. It seems like an exciting way to begin the new season of Fear, as it explores a world with just a little more hope.
Fear the Walking Dead season 5 premieres Sunday, June 2 @9pm on AMC.