AMC’s Sunday night, April 15th back to back showing of the season 8 Walking Dead finale, followed immediately after by the season 4 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, was in many ways like one big two hour episode, which in essence served to set the stage for TWD’s departure of Morgan (Lenny James), and introduction into the Fear the Walking Dead series.
While many fans have been complaining and feeling let down by this eighth season of TWD, the FTWD season 4 premiere was by contrast a very welcome and much appreciated surprise tour de force of a series that quite frankly, needed the help.
But in truth, it may in fact be that The Walking Dead universe itself generally speaking may have needed the help, as the Walking Dead seems to have in some ways, lost its way. But last night’s Fear the Walking Dead episode entitled, “What’s your story?“, really did an amazing job of not only setting the stage for Morgan’s introduction into the FTWD, but also served as almost a retooling of the flailing show.
The show’s creative team simply sped up the FTWD timeline so as to sync it with the TWD timeline, and thus allowed Morgan to walk, run, and drive his way over from Virginia to Texas. And in so doing, supplied FTWD with a fresh narrative from which to continue telling Robert Kirkman’s tales of the zombie apocalypse. And it worked well!
In essence, “What’s your story?” picked up from the ending of TWD’s season 8 finale, and followed Morgan on his schizophrenic walk-about half way across the zombie infested country. Interestingly the remaining cast members of FTWD did not even make an appearance in the season 4 premiere, until the very end of the episode, in the surprising and seeming role of bad guys and bandits.
“What’s your story?” however, did just fine without the original cast for the premiere episode, as Morgan’s adventure needed to be told without their help, as it also introduced two additional fresh and well rounded characters into the FTWD/TWD universe.
Morgan first runs into a cowboy hat wearing and moral gunslinger-type named John Dorie (Garret Dillahunt), who is looking for his beloved Laura. Morgan is also saved more than once, by a very dedicated news reporter, intent on capturing the stories of those poor souls who have managed to survive so far in the zombie apocalypse, named Althea ‘Al’ (Maggie Grace). And while these two characters are seemingly great additions to the FTWD cast, the new additions to the show are topped off by the scene steeling and very exciting, very large, and very powerful, SWAT armored assault vehicle, driven around in the apocalypse by Althea.
The episode was simply pure zombie fun in the ever changing apocalypse, in such a way that any previous thoughts of writing off FTWD, have been laid to rest. At least for now. In a very willing effort to give Morgan, John, Althea, and the rest of the returning cast, a chance to win me over with a great fourth season of Fear the Walking Dead!
If you have not seen the FTWD premiere episode yet, or decided not to even bother, have no fear; because if last night’s episode was any indication of how the rest of the season is going to turn out, we are all in for one hell of a ride. Do yourself a favor and watch Fear the Walking Dead’s “What’s your story?” ASAP!!!