Fear the Walking Dead is currently in the second half of its fourth season. A spinoff of the highly successful Walking Dead program, the show took on a life of its own and amassed a large following.
The show has given a bit of insight into the beginnings of the apocalyptic zombie plague, taking place in the same universe as its parent program. And while some of the writing choices have gone over better than others, their recent behavior on social media has been widely panned.
It’s not uncommon for the show to take part in Instagram takeover events, or periods of time where they’ll let a character from the show run the show’s page.
It wasn’t just the fact that Tonya Pinkins, who plays the shows newest antagonist (the aptly named Filthy Woman) took over the page – it was the fact that the page went into posting overdrive and bordered on spam.
The takeover events have seen various characters from the show run the account, and they typically post photos and videos from behind the scenes. But the posting frequency of this past event was massive, reaching nearly 80 posts throughout the course of Sunday evening.
Social Blade statistics and data from Gramblast real-time follower tracker show the page went from 893,027 followers to 887,700 that day, marking a big dip. But it gets worse – one of the photos was alleged to have shown a potential spoiler.
The photo appears to show the Filthy Woman sporting a wound on her shoulder, either from a bullet or a bite. If it’s the latter, she’s a goner – something viewers may have wanted to see in the context of an episode rather than in a photo on Instagram.
The most recent episode of the show delved into the origins of the Filthy Woman. Titled MM 54, the episode revealed she was originally a normal person who was seeking help for her wounded husband. After failing to flag down numerous vehicles and watching her loved one perish, the woman snapped and took a newfound attitude – helping people makes them weak, because it teaches them not to help themselves.
This shows why she’s taken such issue with those who left care packages on the side of the road for weary travelers. Now with the show’s main characters in her crosshairs, the Filthy Woman’s damaged psyche and penchant for bloodshed could make for a very interesting climax to the season.
Fear the Walking Dead made a risky move, killing off the show’s lead in Madison at the end of season 4A. Technically, she was gone before then, but the show’s unique approach to storytelling left the big reveal for that moment. They’ve managed to rebound by bringing over Morgan from The Walking Dead, but there are questions about whether it was enough.
Fear the Walking Dead currently has two episodes left this season, and the main show is set to return for its ninth season on October 6.