Fear The Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson will step down from the hit zombie series at the end of the forthcoming third season. Erickson's decision to leave the show is linked to a new multi-year deal he has signed with AMC to develop several new projects. In a brief statement, Erickson confirmed he's leaving once work of season three has been completed.
"I have truly enjoyed working with the writers and directors, cast and crew on Fear and am so proud of what we have accomplished over our first two seasons. I look forward to completing work on season three, sharing it with the fans and developing new projects with my partners at AMC."
Erickson co-created the spin-off alongside The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and the series launched with a six-episode first season back in 2015. Erickson will remain involved in the series as an executive producer, but AMC are currently looking for a suitable replacement to guide the show for a potential fourth season. Even though it's difficult to imagine AMC axing the show anytime soon. At the time of writing AMC has yet to renew Fear beyond its sixteen episode third season.
Ratings for the pilot episode set new records for a spin-off on AMC, but Fear The Walking Dead has struggled to match the massive success of the parent series. The show has received a mixed response from critics and fans alike; the main complaint is that Fear just isn't different enough. Be that as it may, the spin-off is still filled with zombie action aplenty to tide fans over until The Walking Dead returns.
Fear The Walking Dead returns to AMC later this year in two eight-episode instalments.