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Fear The Walking Dead Renewed For Season 4 With Big Changes Behind The Scenes

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Over on AMC, the hills are alive with the sound of zombies scuttling about, and that scuttling is a lot louder over on Fear the Walking Dead, where the earlier timeline probably means there's more of them out there. Speaking of more, the network has made the early decision to renew Fear the Walking Dead for Season 4 so that the border-crossing narrative can go on for at least one more year. And it'll be making some big shake-ups behind the scenes before that point gets here.

As previously reported, co-creator Dave Erickson will be stepping down as showrunner after Season 3 has concluded, and while that wasn't as much of a concern for the future before Season 4 got ordered, that's obviously changed now. Thankfully, the renewal announcement also came with word that the showrunning position has been filled by Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, who have both been writers and producers on Once Upon a Time. Chambliss also wrote and produced for Dollhouse, Vampire Diaries and Spartacus, while Goldberg created the short-lived Freeform series Dead of Summer, and is working on the upcoming Superman prequel series Krypton. So they're both obviously in touch with what a genre series is all about.

That's not the only big change, either, as Fear the Walking Dead will be welcoming iWalking Dead showrunner and executive producer Scott Gimple to the companion series as an executive producer. While a lot of shows wouldn't necessarily make any significant changes with a new EP climbing aboard, Gimple may be coming in to offer some guidance on how the seasons are formatted and crafted. Walking Dead fans are used to that series' frequent change-ups in style from half-season to half-season, and while it's obviously not yet clear if something similar would happen in Fear, it's hard to imagine Gimple signing on to just sit back and watch.

While Scott Gimple joining Fear the Walking Dead in any capacity obviously doesn't have any direct impact on The Walking Dead proper, wouldn't it be interesting if his influence will specifically be meant to usher in a crossover of some kind? I mean, all involved have been denying a crossover's existence for years now, but what if Season 4 is the perfect time for it? It would certainly make sense for him to be there to make sure the dots all connect properly.

So even though none of these changes will affect anything we see soon, expect a bunch of craziness anyway when Season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead and all its new characters show up on AMC on Sunday, June 4, at 9:00 p.m. ET. In the meantime, head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer TV schedule to see what's coming to the small screen in the near future.

Nick Venable

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.