AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead: Emotions Will Get You Killed

What was the world like when it transformed into a walker-ville in the hit series The Walking Dead? This spinoff is set in Los Angeles, the home of Hollywoodland. It follows a new set of characters as they face the start of the end of days. Fear The Walking Dead depicts the beginning of this zombie apocalypse on The West Coast during the same time Atlanta was under attack, and Rick was in a coma in a hospital. Welcome to Fear The Walking Dead. The concept of Fear The Walking is great. AMC have made a great spinoff which features a brand new band of characters, on the other side of America. It’s expected that there’d be enough zombified anarchy for everyone. In August 2015, Fear The Walking Dead graced our screens with a quick six-episode season.

There are new characters and new locations. Also, the series takes place in the past. It’s a story showing the early days of this undead plague and the outbreak in LA. When I heard the announcement of a spinoff series, I was overjoyed. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want more guts, violence and gore from AMC? During the season, there were moments showing a city in chaos. It showed us what humans would do given half the chance. The looting began and it was free for all, every man for himself. It was Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection where only the strong will survive. We saw social media at its worst, with videos of cops taking down zombies. The Walking Dead showed us the rural side of the outbreak where in comparison, Fear The Walking Dead shows us the urban side.

The emotional and goodnatured Travis (Cliff Curtis) and the motherly yet dark Madison (Kim Dickens) (Fear The Walking Dead, AMC Network)

The emotional and good-natured Travis (Cliff Curtis) and the motherly yet dark Madison (Kim Dickens)
(Fear The Walking Dead, AMC Network)

I think my favourite character is Madison’s son Nick (Frank Dillane). He’s a drughead to begin with, but as soon as he’d sobered up, he became one of the biggest assets to the group. He soon adapted to a world where having emotions would get you killed unlike his sister Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) who was still crying over her dead boyfriend. Then we have Travis who is a good person. In the normal world, someone like him might have been respected because of his good heart, yet in the world of people and zombies, his kindness is the sort of thing that would get him killed.

It took him a while to get over the fact that the undead weren’t people anymore. It’s the “us or them” scenario. He didn’t want to cross the line and lose his humanity altogether. I respect that, but at the same time I think it’s naive to put the undead and living people under one banner. Then there’s Travis’ son Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) who is constantly brooding during the first season as well as resenting his father, who dropped his humanity when he killed his ex-wife (Chris’ mom) as she was about to turn. My other favourite character is Strand (Colman Domingo). He’s a pragmatist and his ruthlessness shocks the group. Not forget to mention his philisophical phrases.

Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia (Fear The Walking Dead, AMC Network)

Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey)
(Fear The Walking Dead, AMC Network)

Fear The Walking Dead incorporates themes like ethics, morality as well as family. And family becomes more than those who we share our genes. It’s about loyalty. Who came when you were at your most vulnerable? The only cast member I have issues with is Cliff Curtis as Travis. I found his acting during the first season very static. The rest of the cast fit the roles completely. Especially Frank Dillane (Sense8) as Nick. Being the son of Game Of Thrones veteran Stephen Dillane, Frank Dillane showed that he was just as capable an actor as his father. To those of who don’t know, Stephen Dillane played our Lord and Saviour Stannis The Mannis. Season two of Fear The Walking Dead has just started after its midseason break and it’s truly awesome. Sure, the undead are terrifying but I think the biggest villains in both The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead are other people.

They’re not sick, they’re freaking dead