AMC’s interpretation of Robert Kirkman’s hit series The Walking Dead has garnered immense praise, and will reach a major milestone of 100 episodes come October. It’s also spawned a spin-off series which has taken on a following of its own.
In a universe centered around the dead, Fear the Walking Dead found new life with the blockbuster debut of season 3. Designed to be a show that detailed the origins of the apocalyptic plague in its parent series’, Fear the Walking Dead has let fans see the world from a new perspective.
With steady character development, gripping themes, and enough gore to make any horror fan happy, Fear the Walking Dead grew from an interesting experiment to a widely watched program on AMC’s lineup. Originally made to fill the time during The Walking Dead’s midseason break, the show has come into its own thanks largely to season 3 which pulled in millions of viewers with each episode.
While the first two seasons dealt with the characters adjusting to the changing world and seeking answers, the third season saw them making a break for safety and facing some serious challenges along the way. In true fashion of The Walking Dead, there were character deaths and heart-pounding action scenes in Season 3A as well.
Season 3B begins on a much tenser note, replacing the exhilaration with a slow build that can only be described as a powder keg. As leading lady Madison helps negotiate a deal between the residents of Broke Jaw Ranch and the Black Hat Reservation, a long history of tension between the two groups makes peace a hard bargain.
Things go from bad to worse as these tensions boil over leading to escalating arguments, fist fights, shoot outs, and the near collapse of the entire arrangement. It was an interesting move for Fear the Walking Dead to move so quickly into a world-building scenario, though it could be argued elements of world building existed in the show’s early seasons.
Still, the group is rooted now more than they had been in the past. While The Walking Dead saw the characters setting up their own “hub world” in season 3, they didn’t settle back down long-term until season 6. In the post-apocalyptic scenario, staying on the move can sometimes make for better content than holing up.
Given that the show takes place earlier in the timeline of the outbreak, there are more developed areas right away than in the parent series. The 3B premiere sees Madison and reservation leader Walker find Madison’s old friend Strand at a bazaar. He alerts them of a dam which is being operated by someone the two once knew, and this puts into motion the mission for the rest of the season. With water at the ranch running low, it’s up to the group to negotiate a deal and get the supplies they need from the dam.
A nice slow build with some heart-pounding gun battles thrown into the middle makes this a memorable episode and a great one to put the season’s second-half in motion.
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