Why ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Should Focus On New Audiences [Video]

As many are starting to notice, Fear the Walking Dead is beginning to fall behind in the ratings race and that’s really a shame, because Fear the Walking Dead is a compelling series with the potential to become something great. In fact, Fear the Walking Dead could become as successful as the primary Walking Dead series, if only it would stop trying so hard to appeal to the fans of its predecessor.

As Movie Pilot points out, Fear The Walking Dead takes The Walking Dead and gives it a more serious tone, something that certainly won’t endear it to those fans of the original series looking for “cool head shots.” Instead, the idea of a virus is made the primary focus and, if we were to be completely honest, that makes us all uneasy. Tell yourself it’s just a television show, but when the end credits roll on the latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead, you’re still left wondering how long before a similar virus infects your neighbor the way it affected Susan Tran.

Fear the Walking Dead is also slower moving and more akin to the zombie films of the 70s and 80s in that it focuses on the early days of a virus, as opposed to the primary Walking Dead series, which is more action and gore oriented, as even its first season picked up well into the zombie apocalypse. For that reason, Fear the Walking Dead can’t be expected to appeal to the same audiences as its parent series, but new audiences, on the other hand, would find a favorite new series in Fear the Walking Dead, if its creators can build on the suspense and add some mystery to the series.

In the upcoming episode, “Not Fade Away,” Travis (Cliff Curtis) and Madison (Kim Dickens) will have to come together and decide what’s best for their family, which could potentially create an internal struggle, while the presence of the National Guard will only complicate matters further. When they do choose to move (and, sooner or later, they must), the group will find themselves trying to flee from the military on one side and zombies on the other, according to Christian Today.

As the episode description below suggests, the National Guard will prove as menacing as the zombie problem itself and “Not Fade Away” may reveal the corrupt and malevolent aspects of an unsupervised military.

“Madison and Travis see different sides of the National Guard’s occupation in their neighborhood; the family tries to adapt to the new world.”

Fear the Walking Dead airs Sunday, September 20, on AMC.

[Featured image courtesy of AMC/Fear the Walking Dead]