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AMC is renewing Fear the Walking Dead for a third season

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Season two premiered just under a week ago

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Fear the Walking Dead is coming back for a third season. AMC announced its renewal of the popular spinoff this afternoon, just under a week after the show's second season premiered on April 10th. It's a little too early to predict an exact premiere date for the new batch of episodes, but they'll air sometime in 2017 alongside a new season of its live aftershow with Chris Hardwick, Talking Dead: Fear.

The renewal's arriving in the wake of the second season premiere's decent ratings, which were on par with the performance of the first season's finale. Fear the Walking Dead's returning viewership couldn't quite compete with the huge numbers that turned out for the first season's premiere last summer, but it seems like the show is doing a decent job of retaining its audience. With that said, it didn't have the same impact on critics: in The Verge's review, Bryan Bishop wrote the show's reliance on violence and tragedy "had [him] wondering why [he'd] stepped on board in the first place."

"We look forward to sailing far into the future"

"What Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman have invented in Fear the Walking Dead is to be applauded," said AMC president Charlie Collier in a statement. "Watching Los Angeles crumble through the eyes of our characters... [is] fresh, eerie, and compelling, and we're all in for the ride... We thank the millions of fans for embracing this mad world and look forward to sailing far into the future."