The Walking Dead has dominated television for many years now and three years ago spawned a spin off prequel series called Fear the Walking Dead. Taking place at the beginning of the zombie outbreak epidemic, it followed a family as they struggle to survive in a new world of the undead. While it has promise the first season was decent but the second season lost focus and started to fall off my radar (much like The Walking Dead is doing now). But I decided to stick with it and see where it went in Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season, which is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.
After the events of Season Two, the Clark family is trying to find a way to stay together and survive when they discover a large ranch full of survivors led by Jeremiah Otto (Dayton Callie) and his sons Troy (Daniel Sharman) and Jake (Sam Underwood). Their large community seems to be surviving well with supplies and safety. But soon Madison (Kim Dickins), Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Nick (Frank Dillane) run into trouble with Jeremiah’s rebellious and possibly dangerous son Troy, who may make the difference between everyone surviving in peace and a war with other survivors.
I was really taken by surprise by Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season. What a total turnaround to take a series that had already gotten stale after two seasons and totally flip it into a much more interesting storyline with a much bigger cast. The show loses one main character whom I really wish they hadn’t lost, but the storylines are stronger, the acting is better, the cast larger and much more interesting, and the action spectacular. The multiple storylines featuring the Clark family, Strand (Colman Domingo), Daniel (Rubén Blades) and Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) as well as the brilliant addition of the Otto family and the baggage they bring to the story are all great and never feel like they burden each other. Each storyline is carefully curated and they all blend together intelligently and smoothly. This is not only the strongest season of Fear the Walking Dead but it is also better than many seasons of The Walking Dead. And as I find my interest in that original series starting to diminish, it is nice to know I have a new season of Fear the Walking Dead to fall back on. Highly recommended.