'Fear the Walking Dead' adds five new cast members for the second half of season 4 set to premiere on August 12

Joining the post-apocalyptic thriller for second half of season 4 will be Aaron Stanford,Stephen Henderson, Tonya Pinkins, Mo Collins, and Daryl Mitchell.


                            'Fear the Walking Dead' adds five new cast members for the second half of season 4 set to premiere on August 12

The panel representing 'The Walking Dead' spinoff 'Fear the Walking Dead' at the San Diego Comic-Con were eager to share this piece of news with the fans gathered. Along with more drama, there is also going to be a few additions to the cast for the upcoming second half of season 4.

Joining the post-apocalyptic thriller for part B of season 4 will be Aaron Stanford, best known for his roles as Pyro in 'X2' and 'X-Men: The Last Stand' and as Birkhoff in thriller series 'Nikita.' Joining Stanford will be Stephen Henderson (Lady Bird, Manchester By the Sea), Tonya Pinkins (Gotham, The Strain), Mo Collins (Mad TV, Parks and Recreation), and Daryl Mitchell (Galaxy Quest, NCIS: New Orleans). However, details of their characters are still unavailable. 

Both Dillane and Dickens were killed off in the first half of season 4 (Source: IMDb)
Both Dillane and Dickens were killed off in the first half of season 4 (Source: IMDb)

While Birkhoff, Henderson, and Pinkins seem like straightforward choices, a few eyebrows were undoubtedly raised when Collins' and Mitchell's names were announced. Not because they aren't talented actors in their own right but because their former roles were heavily comedy oriented; Collins for her roles in FOX sketch comedy series 'Mad TV' and NBC sitcom 'Parks and Recreation,' and Mitchell for portraying Tommy Webber in acclaimed science fiction comedy film 'Galaxy Quest.' 

The choices seem to indicate that show will look to continue to ruffle feathers upon its return, continuing its recent trend of going against the grain. Having premiered this past April 15, the 16-episode fourth season 'Fear the Walking Dead' took a mid-season hiatus and will be returning to screens on August 12.

The first half of the season marked a remarkable change in tone, a welcome surprise given how the series had stagnated for a stellar first two seasons. An action-packed first eight episodes saw two timelines, a time jump, and the introduction of 'The Walking Dead' character Morgan (Lennie James) into the mix.

However, the biggest shock, even taking into account the franchise's proclivity for killing off major players, were the deaths of mom and son Madison (Kim Dickens) and Nick (Frank Dillane). The pair had been central to the show since the pilot first aired on AMC in 2015, and their absence may yet be felt as the show progresses.

But the shakeup seems to have given show the kick up the backside it needed. Critics have praised the ongoing season, with reviewer Charlie Mason writing that "[Fear the Walking Dead] has gone from being an adequate stopgap between seasons of The Walking Dead to a show that's as good or arguably even better than the one from which it was spun off."

Executive producer Scott Gimple revealed the recipe for the rest of the season to the audience: "Sad, funny, strange, beautiful…and add scary and screw them." Executive producer and director Greg Nicotero admitted this season would signal a new direction for the show. "It really is a new show," he said. 

Watch the Comic-Con trailer for 'Fear the Walking Dead' here: