Show Review: Fear the Walking Dead (2015)

I started watching The Walking Dead the first year it aired. I loved Rick, Lori, Carl, Glenn and Maggie. I stopped somewhere around season five, I think, although I’m not 100% sure. Most of my favourites were gone by then, anyhow. Recently I read the first comic, though, and it renewed my love of the series, so I picked up the spinoff to see if I’d like it. And I do!

Fear the Walking Dead gives us the breakdown of society that Rick Grimes slept through in The Walking Dead, only we see it from California, not the deep south. The series follows a large extended family: teachers Travis and Madison; Madison’s two children Nick, a drug addict, and Alicia, a high school student; and Travis’ ex-wife Liza and their son Chris.

One afternoon, Nick wakes up from a drug-induced haze to find that his girlfriend is eating the face off another addict. Panicked and running for his life, Nick escapes the rundown church and runs headlong into oncoming traffic. His mother and stepfather are contacted and hear his story, although they think it’s a hallucination from the drugs. But Travis wants to believe Nick and goes to the church where he finds blood everywhere. One of the things I really like about the set up of the family was how close and determined they all were. Travis didn’t need much convincing from Nick to trust him at his word, sense something was wrong, and act.

At the same time, reports start appearing on the news that people are being shot but not dying, and riots and protests start to break out around the city. Travis very quickly has the right idea to get everyone out of the city and gathers both of his families to leave. On the way, they pick up the Salazar family – Daniel, Ofelia and Gloria – who offer Travis, Liza and Chris shelter from a riot. Daniel’s a tough, authoritative man who loves his family above all else.

The three families attempt to leave the suburbs but are stopped by the army and forced to remain in Madison’s house together. Weeks pass and the soldiers are clearly hiding something from everyone in the neighbourhood. Things escalate when they take three of the group without explanation and refuse to offer answers.

I really like how this series is framed. The characters are all quite likeable – or grow on you – and they’re a useful bunch. I also like the answers we’re getting that we didn’t really get in The Walking Dead. My favourite characters are probably Alicia, Travis and Madison. Strand I didn’t care for through pretty much all of season one, but throughout season two he’s definitely started to grow on me. He and Dougray Scott were great in their scenes together. I wish we’d had more from the backstory.

The series is also very diverse, which I really appreciate. I like that we’re getting a whole new side of the TWD universe and seeing other countries, too. I had so many questions from the first series and I’ve had a good number of answers now, which I appreciate. I’m really curious to see where it goes, but the show’s still on the air, so there’s hopefully lots more to come.

Anyone else watching this show?

5 thoughts on “Show Review: Fear the Walking Dead (2015)

  1. I love The Walking Dead and I just recently finished watching the latest series. I’m addicted to it, but I have to binge watch them. I also enjoyed Fear The Walking Dead and I’m waiting for the latest series to become free on Amazon Prime Video. I have watched both of these shows at least 3 times from being to end.
    My favourite characters are Norman Reedus as Darrel, Carole, Ezekiel and Michonne.
    Also on Amazon Prime Video an walking dead spinoff has started called The Walking Dead the World Beyond it’s based 10 years in to the future, I quite like what I’ve seen of it so far but the jury is still out. But basically I love every to do with the walking dead.

    1. I totally thought World Beyond was a behind the scenes commentary from the original show, bahahah! I’ll definitely check it out. I’m absolutely loving FTWD, although it’s breaking my heart left, right and centre. 😥

      1. It’s funny how we get attached the characters even though we know it’s fictional.

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