Fear the Walking Dead, the spin-off series from the AMC flagship The Walking Dead, has taken the world by storm and the second season stumbled onto our screens Sunday, April 10th. Created by the masters of zombies Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, it is actually a prequel to The Walking Dead with the first season consisting of six episodes. The second season is set to have at least 15 episodes, thus showing how much of a positive reception the first received.
Set in Los Angeles, California, the series follows a dysfunctional family composed of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark, her English teacher boyfriend Travis Manawa, her daughter Alicia, her drug-addicted son Nick, and Travis’ son from a previous marriage, Chris, at the onset of the zombie apocalypse. They must either revamp themselves or cling to their deep flaws as they come to terms with the impending collapse of civilization.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a rating of 76%, based on 67 reviews. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Fear the Walking Dead recycles elements of its predecessor, but it’s still moody and engrossing enough to compete with the original.” On Metacritic, the season has a score of 66 out of 100, indicating generally favorable reviews. The second season has so far received mixed reviews from critics, however, it is only in its very early stages. With the addition of 9 more episodes this season, it will be interesting to see if the episodes will keep their pace or if it will slow itself down much like TWD did after it’s the first season.
As a big TWD fan, I was wary of watching this to begin with last year, however, I found myself pleasantly surprised and even though I don’t think it could ever out do the original – it does have an interesting spin on what we didn’t get to really see in the flagship original – the beginning of the outbreak. It was fascinating to see what it was like or the outbreak to hit a big city like LA, which I assume is what it would have been like in the infamous Atlanta before Rick arrives on his trusty steed.
So how do you feel about this prequel? Are you watching the second season too? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.