I can still remember when Fear the Walking Dead first started back in 2015.
The premise, as you may remember, was that the show was going to take place in the “world of The Walking Dead” but that it was going to deal with an entirely new group of characters and follow them through the early days of the zombie apocalypse. Would there be crossovers with the main show? While AMC refused to rule them out, it was also said that the world of the Walking Dead was so compelling and fully realized that there really was no real need to bring over Rick, Darryl, Morgan, or anyone else from the original show. In fact, since Fear the Walking Dead was a prequel, it really wouldn’t make any sense to have any of the original show’s characters show up for anything more than a winking cameo. Instead, audiences would be thrilled with the new cast of doctors, drug addicts, and city planners.
Well, that didn’t quite work out. It turned out that audiences didn’t really respond to the entirely new cast and so almost all of them were killed off, Lennie James switched from the main show to the spinoff, and, from season 4 on, Fear the Walking Dead became the Morgan show.
And I’m really not complaining. I tried to watch the early seasons of Fear The Walking Dead and I was so bored that I gave up on the show fairly quickly. However, I’ve been mostly entertained by the seventh and final season of Fear The Walking Dead. Yes, there have been a few pacing issues but, at this point, that’s something that anyone who has ever watched more than a handful of episodes of The Walking Dead and its spin-offs should be used to. But still, I enjoy Fear the Walking Dead‘s rather surreal landscape. Colman Domingo’s wonderfully weird performance is always entertaining to watch. I’m even somewhat interested in discovering who Padre is, even though I know the character probably won’t live up to all the hype. At this point, unless he turns out to be Rick, there’s no way Padre can meet the expectations that have been set for him.
Last Sunday, Dwight and Sherry joined the search for Padre. Like Morgan, Dwight and Sherry were originally on The Walking Dead. Dwight was one of Negan’s lieutenants. Sherry was his wife. Now, they’re “ethical outlaws,” riding across the radioactive landscape of Texas and protecting those in need. During the latest episode, Strand tried to get Dwight and Sherry to join his organization and Dwight was certainly tempted. But, in the end, they did the right thing and helped a woman named Mickey find and put down her reanimated husband. They then teamed up with the Stalkers to continue their search for Padre …. okay, so the plot summary sounds a little absurd and, to be honest, the idea of Dwight and Sherry calling themselves the Dark Horses and fighting for the bullied is a little absurd. But, and this is the secret as to why Fear the Walking Dead‘s final season has been so enjoyable, the show seems to be aware of how absurd it all is. Whereas The Walking Dead would have taken the whole “ethical outlaw” thing way too seriously, Fear the Walking Dead is willing to have fun with it all.
And this Sunday’s episode was a fun one. Apparently, with The Walking Dead and its two spin-offs coming to a close with the end of their current seasons, AMC is planning on keeping the franchie alive with an anthology series. Hopefully, the Dark Horses will appear in more than a few episodes. As much as I disliked them on The Walking Dead, Dwight and Sherry are a blast on Fear the Waling Dead. Dark Horses forever!