Fear the Walking Dead is now better than The Walking Dead

Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Garret Dillahunt as John - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC
Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Garret Dillahunt as John - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC /

Fans who tuned out of Fear the Walking Dead should really take a look at season 4. It’s a whole new ballgame, and it’s arguably better than The Walking Dead.

I’ve been critical of Fear the Walking Dead in the past. I’ve always felt closer to Fear because of its Southern California roots and wanted it to be as strong as The Walking Dead but there were some missteps early on. Hearing that season 4 was going to be a whole new experience made me nervous, but now I know there was nothing to worry about. In fact, after seeing the first episode of season 4 I think Fear the Walking Dead is better than The Walking Dead and I’m standing by that.

Fear the Walking Dead always seemed to be looking for its identity. The characters were a bit too one-dimensional at the outset. By season 3 we started to see Alicia take charge, we saw Nick take some big risks, Strand continued to prove he can’t be trusted (or could he?) and Madison left us with a bombshell revelation that changed the way fans viewed her character. But was it too little too late?

When the dam exploded in the season 3 finale, everything was left up in the air, both figuratively and literally. Everything that we enjoyed about season 3 was gone in the blink of an eye, with no indication of what was to come. 

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But then we started hearing more about season 4. It would have a whole new look. A new location. New characters. And a time jump. Oh, and a crossover.

And it’s glorious.

Fear the Walking Dead’s fourth season is arguably better than The Walking Dead at this point. If you’re a fan of the early days of The Walking Dead and yearn for that feeling of actually being afraid of everything you run into, then this season will whet your appetite.

The threat from the Infected is still very real. People are desperate. We’re moving around the timeline so there are multiple stories taking place in different times. Sure, we want to know EVERYTHING right away, but this slow tease is part of the journey. We have to understand every nuance of the story, and where everyone was before, to understand where they are now.

We’re only two episodes into Fear season 4, but so far this season changes everything we knew about the Clark family. The addition of the new cast has been a welcome injection of energy; fans are eager to learn everything they can about the newcomers while discovering how the Clark family ended up where they are now. The new showrunners, Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, are doing a fantastic job skillfully weaving an intriguing narrative. Chambliss and Goldberg are the perfect duo to take over the series: They are huge fans of the show and The Walking Dead universe and they bring a much-needed breath of fresh air to the franchise.

The stars are aligned perfectly and all of the pieces are in place to make Fear the Walking Dead the must-watch show on AMC. I’m hooked, and it has been a while since I’ve been so excited about a show the way I am with Fear season 4.

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The Walking Dead is always going to be the OG, but Fear the Walking Dead feels so fresh and fun that it’s about to become AMC’s new flagship program.