Fear the Walking Dead Season 2

5 Reasons Fear the Walking Dead Is Getting as Good as The Walking Dead

Yes, you read that headline correctly. And, judging from the comments that you’ve been leaving beneath our Fear the Walking Dead recaps, we’re gonna guess that right about now you’re scoffing and rolling your eyes.

Nonetheless, there is a case — a strong case, in fact — to be made that the Walking Dead prequel has gotten good, is getting better and is showing signs that it will eventually become every bit as gripping as the monster smash off of which it was spun.

Consider the evidence:

5 | Strand is starting to seem as nasty as Negan
From the moment we met Victor last season in “Cobalt,” it was clear that the smooth operator wasn’t exactly Mr. Nice Guy. But since he (literally) cut loose poor Alex and Jake in this week’s “Ouroboros,” we’ve begun to wonder if he won’t turn out to be a villain who’s just as heartless — if twice as classy — as TWD’s new Big Bad.

4 | It’s dead — or would that be Dead? — funny
Whether the show has Daniel referring to el capitán as “Ahab,” Nick defending “geriatric chic” as a valid style choice or Ofelia questioning how her father plans to score more antibiotics when she’s “pretty sure [Walgreens is] closed,” it manages to make room in the zombie apocalypse for zingers that are (at least almost) as memorable as an Abraham turd joke.

3 | The cast is killing it — in a good way
We’ve been high on Frank Dillane’s portrayal of impish junkie Nick since the pilot last summer. This week, as Chris mercy-killed a survivor of Flight 462, Lorenzo James Henrie did some work that was so visceral, it was nearly Andrew Lincoln caliber. And between Ruben Bladés (who plays Daniel like a cynical, dangerous Hershel) and Colman Domingo (Strand), the series has gravitas to spare.

2 | It’s gotten hard to tell the friends from foes
In your comments, you often suggest that none of the characters seem to like each other (though sibs Nick and Alicia are tight, and he’s often reached out to Chris). Yet isn’t it more interesting to watch Madison align herself with Daniel, who doesn’t trust her, and Strand, whom she doesn’t trust? (It’s like the Alexandria/Hilltop alliance, only on a smaller scale.) Plus, you know there’s gonna come a day when, along with us, Nick learns the price he’ll pay for the “safe” passage that was bought by his alliance with Strand.

1 | Several plots are about to converge
Just as we’re making a little progress toward an unexpected Nick/Ofelia romance, we’re also anticipating finding out why Strand really wants to get to Mexico (and certain that it isn’t just a walker-proof hideout), nervously waiting to meet Alicia’s “radio crush” (who left her with an ominous “See you soon” in “Monster”) and dying for Alex to come back with a vengeance (and she has to come back, right?).

What do you think? Is anybody else loving the show — or at least its potential? Hit the comments… gently.

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175 Comments
  1. Sam says:

    That is some damning praise. The Walking Dead has always been three or four steps below the top tier of television programming. To say something is “getting as good as” it isn’t very promising.

  2. Bob says:

    I think the show should aspire to be more than just crap.

      • ? says:

        Yeah, none of these five reasons are any I agree with. There’s good elements to the show, but they’re just not coming together in an interesting or compelling way. The plotting is boring, the pacing is slow, the characters have very little meaningful interaction or chemistry with each other. It’s just not gelling. That said, if they execute some more interesting ideas and pick up the pace, I think the actors can and will “find their characters,” so to speak. I know from seeing many of them in other projects that they’re all great and really talented. There COULD still be a show here . . . but right now there isn’t, and I’m just not seeing any promising signs like this article wants to.

        • Reason #6: Kim Dickens has added another expression to the one that she already had. I checked out on this mess before the first season was over. Just not very good.

        • Patsy says:

          Plotting is a verb, doing, what are they plotting? Compelling is a stronger word for interesting so it’s redundant. I don’t know how the pacing can be described as slow when all of this from this season has happened in hours and a day, not days and weeks like some misguided people seem to think. It needs time to gel! The quality of the acting, the money that allows for great special effects do bode well for a great show to develop as this article points out. Give it time and perhaps pick up a dictionary.

  3. Luli says:

    I’m hoping it gets better, because i’m a fan of the original. I like the actors, and I think they are all great, but their characters just annoy me or bore me.

    • SomeGuy says:

      I agree. There’s not one character on that show that I find myself rooting for. Any one of them could die I wouldn’t care.

    • Jeri says:

      I’m trying to find a reason to keep watching.

    • sharbecca says:

      Nick, Chris and Daniel’s daughter are my favorites so far. Liked Chris’s mother a lot better than Maddie. Have never felt any chemistry between Travis and Maddie as a couple. Just watch it to fill in that time slot on tv for me. lol

      • Babs says:

        I can see Maddie and Travis as a couple pre-apocalypse, but now that polite society is over, I don’t see them lasting too long. I could even see her doing something cold-blooded but necessary that causes him to cut ties with her.

    • Jane Doeing says:

      I love The Walking Dead, but I can’t get into this series since I pretty much hate all of the characters, and the only thing I’m rooting for is that they die quickly.

      The only character with any promise is Strand. You make him out to be a villain, but he’s been very diplomatic with Madison, the rag tag band of do gooders without a clue, and Daniel who’s been on him like a fly on s***. He didn’t even toss Alicia overboard for the flirting on the radio with someone who was hunting them. This guy has the patience of a saint.

      I don’t care if he stole that boat, he saved all of their lives, and they’re about the most ungrateful folks ever. Strand should have knocked out Daniel, and sailed off when everyone went to go socialize with the suicide family.

      The last episode, they’re supposed to gather supplies from the plane crash quickly. Instead they play dress up, and Chris goes off on his own walkabout. (why, why could he not be eaten…) They’re being hunted because Alicia is stupid, they have the constant risk of being bitten, but they stop to play dress up and run off for a fun solo hike? Where’s the drive to get in, get what you need and get out.

      Can anyone tell me how they went from frantically carrying their boat into the water, and all of the sudden, Alex the new comer was able to get her life preserver with the extra crispy guy in it, and have a tow line set up to drag them out???

      I’m glad Strand had the balls to chop the line to Alex’s boat. She already killed the one guy to protect extra crispy that needs to be put out of his misery. Who else would she kill to protect KFC?

      The best way to end the show… toss all of them overboard in a pit of zombies, and Strand sails off to his destination and lives the high life.

      • Wendy says:

        You summed up my frustrations and questions. Playing dress up, wandering off, HUGGING as they are being attacked, ugh! I thought Strand was very patient – he didn’t say much about the CB flirting or Madison telling him to turn the GD boat around! I’d make examples of anyone who questioned my authority. I think Chris was itching to kill some more walkers – maybe easy targets for his pent up rage? He struck me as a brat in the beginning when he ignored his parents so he could be at the “protest” downtown. Carl Grimes had more common sense as a little boy than this guy has.

  4. John Jacob says:

    I keep hoping the Abigail hits an iceberg and sinks so my OCD will no longer compel me to watch this boring show. The characters are sooooooooooooooooo boring.

  5. Jeff says:

    I think Strand works for a cartel. He uses Abigal to run drugs, explains his wealth, the guns and maps, and why he knows about a big fortified compound in Mexico.

    • Emily says:

      I agree with this! Plus his initial fascination with Nick is because he knew he could manipulate him.

    • Mike says:

      Also, every black character on the show ended up a hoodlum. Why would Strand be any different, right? (Who’s writing this stuff, and which black man killed their parents?)

      • lechatnoir says:

        Hi, I honestly preferred the first season , I don’t know if this was because of the novelty of it , but this season is hella difficult to watch without sleeping through it. am waiting for something to happen , so I will probably stick around.

        As for how the franchise treats its minorities , we all know in Atlanta where TWD is set there is only 0,001% of minorities.

        The very first un-dead in this LA based spin off ,was a black male . And the one that own the yacht , we could safely assume that it is implied that he stole it, he is a one dimensional stock character . So far every white character has had a integral family life and ties beyond them. Hell even the Guerra family had hers, the minor white characters whose arc was short had 3 generations of living relatives, a big home etc..and they’ve had more structured dialogue than the sole minority in the show.

        I don’t know why it is implied/assumed that minorities do not have families , close friends or no life prior to the scene they are depicting as if they came out of Mars. Because unless their specific story line intersects with one of white characters, they are rendered useless .

      • Shawn Cicero says:

        Sadly, yes the black guy is always the bad guy. They keep wanting to save the world by adding to his boat and cant ever respect he doesn’t need them in any way. I would have dumped them by now.

      • Gil says:

        Wow , some libtard has to bring race in here too ! You need a life !

    • Mo says:

      plus the cartel or whomever has kidnapped/is holding someone important to him. His behavior only makes sense if there is a valuable he is retrieving and in this world and situation it has to be a person.

    • I agree that he is a drug dealer but considering what’s going on in the world, does anyone care about the latest shipment of crack? Doesn’t make sense to me.

    • Dave says:

      I’ve been thinking that same thing.

  6. Alicia Gray says:

    I wouldn’t say it’s on par with TWD, but it’s for sure getting much stronger. I see it more as a filler piece, but it’s an entertaining filler piece none-the-less.

  7. Al from Italy says:

    I’ll correct to: 5 Reasons Fear the Walking Dead Is Getting as Good as Z-Nation… we have Zombie swimmers, exploding Zombies and so on

  8. Simon Jester says:

    Not having a character like Rick who is always right is, IMHO, one reason why this show is proving to be more interesting this season.

    • Gil says:

      another who probably watched 2 episodes of TWD .

    • Patsy says:

      Thank you!! And Robert Kirkman agreed and wrote in Negan at this point for that very reason. Rick had a long predictable run, it isn’t over, but finally a change has been introduced. This show has a long way to go, I feel quite good about it. But this season started five hours after Liza was shot, it needs time! They have the acting quality and the money to make the production values very high, just have a little less pretentious attitude and a lot more humble patience to the others writing in!

  9. JP says:

    and how much exactly did amc pay you to write this?

  10. It’s definitely getting better with each episode. It still has a way to go but if they can keep improving on each ep, it can be a great.

  11. Mark says:

    Are we watching the same show?

  12. Glider says:

    I’m liking it more and more. And about Alex – I’m guessing she offed the third passenger in the boat so she’s probably as ruthless as Strand. I’m enjoying the complex characters.

  13. DCL33 says:

    The latest episode was really good. It’s getting better and better. Some forget that this show is only 9 episodes in so it’s still finding it’s footing. Previous episode was good, the latest one is even better.

  14. wrstlgirl says:

    Nice article Andy and I agree. I’m enjoying watching because I know that all of this will come together like you said and it will be great!!

  15. Spence says:

    I enjoy this show, and I do think it gets better every episode. And since Walking Dead has been going downhill in past seasons, I suppose Fear is getting on par with its current state. But my issue with this show is the characters. There’s a huge difference between “scared, confused survivors in the new apocalypse” and downright stupid and insufferable. Once they either A) kill half of them off or B) start making them step up and be even remotely intelligent, I will start to respect this show a lot more.

  16. Bwhit says:

    I agree. I like this show and Nick has been my favorite from the beginning.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      Same although I do wish he’d find a comb. But at least he changed out of those old man clothes from last season, lol. Alicia and Chris are growing on me. I’ve always enjoyed Daniel and Strand also. The only character that I don’t really care for is Madison. For me she’s the Andrea of this group :-)

      • Bwhit says:

        Yes. The yacht must have a comb somewhere lol! Yeah Madison just kinda runs around confronting people or trying to order around her kids who never listen to her lol. I’ve tried with her but she doesn’t get it. Nick even had to remind her last night that things aren’t going to settle. My husband is convinced that crucifix they kept passing around was the one Carol had but I’m not so sure…. It would have to really take a long journey to make it to TWD group but who knows.

        • Radha says:

          I think Nick’s hair is meant to be in the beginning stages of dreads. Look the actor up in images and you see he also has messy hair. LOL

  17. Paul S Schatz says:

    We are spoiled by outstanding TV drama such as the Sopranos The Wire Fargo Seasons1 of True Detective that it becomes difficult to praise a watchable but not mind blowing show like those of the Dead franchise. Last night’s episode while not must watch . Was the best in the series so far and fun to watch.

  18. DavidJ says:

    I think it’s a better show than people here like to say, and I like the more slow-burn approach of the storytelling… but I also think the characters could stand to be a bit more compelling. At the moment it’s only Nick, Daniel, and Strand that I really find all that interesting to watch.

    • fuel770 says:

      Really, you think it’s a good show? you must like boring and uninteresting TV, you probably are the type of guy who likes sitting through Masterpiece Theatre on PBS.

      • gmu says:

        and you must be a yahoo that cannot discuss or give his opinion without insults to others with whom he disagrees. The show has shown progress.

      • Cris says:

        You’re honestly a loser. Just because someone disagrees with you gives you a right to personally attack them? The fact you watch a show you ‘supposedly’ don’t like shows you’re someone with no life and whose only joy is coming to online message boards to insult people. Go back to quietly being a hermit in your mother’s basement.

  19. fuel770 says:

    This show is painful to watch, it has a painfully slow pace, I never connected with the characters like I did with TWD and I especially can’t stand the drug addicted character…and what’s with the Members Only jacket? Is that junkie fashion? I am waiting for him to brush that weird hair and eventually get killed. I would not loose any sleep if this train wreck got cancelled.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      Hmmm well it’s already been renewed for season three so I guess the choice is yours.

      • fuel770 says:

        yep, the choice is mine and judging from the majority of people like me who find the show crap AMC better slow it’s roll before even going ahead with 3, I’d hate see AMC spend more money on a slow sinking ship.

        • Nibbynoo says:

          You are not the majority fuel770, there are plenty of people that enjoy the show. Seriously if you don’t like it just DONT watch it. You obviously like it enough to watch it so you can slate it

  20. Cassie says:

    I just want someone to die already.

  21. Mo says:

    Need to call out #5-I don’t understand why everyone is so angry with Strand for setting Alex loose-We saw her kill people on the plane to protect Jake and kill 2 survivors on the life raft to protect Jake-Are you sure you want her on your boat before Jake is sorted out?

  22. Shaun says:

    It really should be better than Walking Dead since it has no source material to stick to and they can do anything.Downside is the characters weren’t as thought out as the original.

  23. AngelWasHere says:

    It’s alright, but it can’t compare to the original/main series. It did get better this season. Still…How long before the show becomes a mirror image of the original tho? They can’t stay on that boat forever.

  24. It is getting vastly better… but it started out so poorly, the only direction was up. Still, these last 2 weeks have been good TV!

  25. Joe says:

    Strand is the only one who seems to realize they have limited resources and can’t afford to take on every new person they meet. He’s now probably very aware that his guests are one beat from telling him what to do on his own boat.

  26. webly3 says:

    I think it’s really not getting better tbh and that none of the characters are relatable at all.

  27. I already quit watching it so I don’t know.

  28. Cate53 says:

    After a real lack of zombies for a lot of season 1, this season’s fresh young walkers have been ‘nice’ to see! This latest episode was entertaining, although the premise of a group going hunting for supplies but meeting zombies is one TWD have done plenty of times.

    Liked that Nick realised zombie gore keeps you hidden but those are some weedy head bashes from the kids. They need Michone’s sword!

    Alicia Debnam-Carey so strong and compelling in The 100, so annoying and whiny here! Hope they give her something to do soon

    • Jeremy P. says:

      While I’ve been disappointed with the material they’ve given her, I thought last night she was the only one acting like an actual human being (Alicia, I mean). Telling Madison to stop being an overprotective idiot and proposing the only productive thing they’ve ever done (a supply run) while the silly adults just keep wringing their hands and come up with no plans whatsoever. And also blasting Strand and Madison for not helping Alex. I get that they need to make tough choices, but it’s disturbing to see them all lose all traces of basic humanity this early on. So I was glad she was the only one acting like an actual human.
      Hopefully it wasn’t just a one off and the writing doesn’t go back to the laconic, dialogue-less long artsy shots of previous episodes, where everyone just looks depressed instead of scared.

  29. chuckiechk says:

    I was shocked when Strand came out of no where and cut loose the dingy that Alex was in. After he cut Alex lose, I thought back to the 1st episode this season when he made it clear that it was HIS boat, HIS rules.

  30. mark reinoso says:

    Its not just as good as The Walking Dead, its better. The characters are more fleshed out than in TWD, because of the lack of action scenes. They have to to do it that way. Some people think its slow, but its really showing exactly when most people would do in that situation. I love the lingering camerawork, I love the conversations and how it captures everyday life, something TWD doesn’t do as well.

    It is way more interesting and gripping than the original series. I love TWD, dont get me wrong, but FTWD is more drama, less zombies. At least my wife will watch this one with me..

  31. Walkie says:

    It’s a total click bait premise. There is ZERO validity to it.

  32. Couch Mom says:

    I’ve always thought it was as good as the original. It covers the beginning of the outbreak so no one really knows or understands what’s going on. I do wish it wasn’t in a parallel world where people don’t know about zombies and such. If they did, it would be a little more relateable to us in our world. But that’s small complaint. Am really enjoying this and glad that Talking Dead is on afterwards. Hope this goes on as long as TWD. Would really like to see how the characters develop.

  33. Kevin says:

    The psychological developments are getting very intense, as it seems that every character has an inner demon fighting over mercy v survival. The psych thriller is every bit as disturbing as the zombie mob scenes…. ( and the beach crabs eating the one walker ? crazy good ! )

  34. mike says:

    never ed the word zombie or walker,just infected

  35. Mirthfulone says:

    Agree with most folks – I don’t care about any of these characters except for maybe trigger happy Ruben Blades. But, what’s really grating on me in both this series and TWD is the plot REQUIRING people to do cliché stupid things, so drama can occur.
    A) Moody boy wonders off solo forcing the other to go find him.
    B) Drug boy standing too close to the edge so he falls into the pit.
    C) Husband who has no chemistry with wife going diving into dead-filled waters w/o a knife, so we can have the obligatory jump scare.
    D) Darryl suddenly forgetting his tracking skills so 5 or 6 burly dudes can get the jump on him in the woods.
    I can go on…

  36. Cena Gomez says:

    This article off mind numbing. The show is crap and I’m wishing the entire cast be killed off except Strand. He’s the only interesting character on the show. Please kill the rest and start over. The actors are weak on this show. I’ve given this show a chance and watched every episode and I still wish all but one dead.

  37. Chris says:

    Alicia Debnam-Carey is a good actress, proven by her role as Lexa in “The 100.” I wish they’d give her something to do, along with an interesting story line. As of now, if she died, her absence wouldn’t even be noticed.

    • Angelina says:

      In my opinion yea she hasn’t been given any good material , but if they kill her off so many of the 100 fans, including me, would be really angry if she did. They would start questioning why she was killed in the 100 for only a couple episodes she is really seen in fwd.

  38. Actually both shows stand to get more credit than they get. Fear The Walking Dead is, right now, more focussed than The Walking Dead, which slipped a bit with trickery and fake outs.

  39. Ella says:

    I think it’s getting better, too! I am a little disturbed by TWD as of late. Sadly, the only compelling way the writers can seem to get people to tune in is to figure out whether or not someone is going to die from week to week. Even in the apocalypse, there has to be more to writing! That show is suffering. FTWD is a bit of a relief.

  40. iggles07 says:

    Do you work for FTWD directly? This show is beyond marginal. For one thing, the whole point in even having a spinoff was to show us the deterioration of society – which was completely skipped over in the walking dead. They could have easily explored that whole thing over the course of an entire season or even two seasons, and everyone would have been thirsting for more. Instead, FTWD managed to breeze through that undervalued plot point in a matter of about 5-6 marginal episodes – and even that, society fell by episode 4.

  41. Heather Hallacy says:

    I think each episode gets better, and yes I agree that I think he is a smuggler and this is his fort in mexico that he hides out in.

  42. George Boosh says:

    1. The Walkin Dead ain’t that good to begin with…..

  43. teamfinnigan says:

    Problem is I think we like the wrong people. Nick and Daniel are my favorites, the rest can be thrown into the sea, but I think the makers want us to like madison and travis.

  44. KLS says:

    When I can: 1) get through this show without turning to my email while the show is still on, 2) care if a character is threatened by death/walker, 3) remember the characters names, or 4) I find Fear The Talking Dead less interesting then the real show, THEN I will consider it mildly interesting.

  45. Wondabiz says:

    FTWD is in no way, even close to the cailber of TWD. The storyline is garbage, I hate the characters, as in, ANY of them or all of them can get eaten and I wouldnt care. How is it possible that a show has so many unlikeable characters? They are learning things about the zombies that it took TWD cast a whole season to figure out. They are boring and have no depth, and making Strand mysterious takes away from the seriousness of the show. It feels like when Lost was jumping the shark. No one anticipated this show as much as I did, and now Im sure no one hates it as much as I do. If there was something else on in that time slot, like Ted Cruz describing the many stages of the lifeline of a tiger lily, I would be watching it instead. I guess Im reluctantly sticking around hoping it gets better. October cant get here fast enough.

  46. KT says:

    Love TWD gave FTWD one season of my life and that was enough. Just didn’t care about any of the characters.

  47. Wondabiz says:

    Oh yeah, and I HATE that fake Johnny Depp character, Nick. Can a zombie just eat his ass already!!??

  48. Shawn Cicero says:

    its too hard to go back to the start. the stupid mistakes these kids make are so annoying. There so busy trying to tell the emotional side to things that real work in what the genre fans are looking for and that is zombies, escape and fighting.

    • Wendy says:

      Good point. Going back is hard because we think they should instinctively know A) Who to just kill already; B) Hugs during the apocalypse are not THAT important; C) People you love are going to die, so get over it; D) Have a weapon on you at all times; E) Stop wondering off or you will be left for dead!
      It’s so agonizing to see them not “get” what we know is necessary to survive.

  49. JON SNOW says:

    *Big eye roll*
    FTWD is B-o-r-i-n-g!!

  50. JD says:

    Get real! FTWD is bad…Syfy original bad….