The Walking Dead‘s spinoff Fear The Walking Dead is only a week into its second season, but AMC has already given the greenlight to a third run of the prequel series.
Deadline reports that a 16 episode Season Three will air in 2017, as Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson’s show continues to draw audiences. Ratings are down from the first season, but the site notes that it’s still the second highest rated show on cable right now, sitting behind its progenitor The Walking Dead.
“What Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman have invented in Fear The Walking Dead is to be applauded,” said said AMC, Sundance TV and AMC Studios president Charlie Collier. “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.”
Fear The Walking Dead tells the story of the first days of the outbreak in Los Angeles, as a group tries to avoid walkers and the increasingly desperate government crackdown. Season Two finds the survivors at sea, which presumably won’t be as safe an option as they thought.
The series stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Reuben Blades, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Mercedes Mason and Lorenzo James Henrie.