31 Days of Reviews: Fear the Walking Dead (Season 3)

After reaching the United States border during the season 2 finale, Madison and her family are reunited on a ranch with a bitter enemy and a dark secret.

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews about the first two seasons of Fear the Walking Dead, then you will know that my thoughts have been lukewarm at best. Unfortunately, my review of this season will be no different. Let’s begin.

Season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead brings the cast back into the United States, or at least really close to it. A more accurate description would be that it splits the cast along the border. We’re introduced to some new characters. We lose some characters. We get some back that have been missing for a while.

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Other than that, this season just feels like more of the same. We still have the desert backdrop going on. This seems like an odd complaint to have because you could say the same thing about The Walking Dead. For me though, it seems amplified with Fear the Walking Dead because I still don’t really like any of the characters.

My apathy toward all of the characters in Fear the Walking Dead has been one of my biggest complaints in every review for this series that I’ve done. There are always some glimmering moments when I start to maybe like one of them, but then the show just soils it. It never lasts long.

Let’s take a look at last season, for example. Throughout season one, Chris had been a troubled, and often annoying, character. In season two, Chris was being set up to be a pretty good villain for the series. Then, they killed him off. They had a bunch of nobodies kill him off screen. Off screen!

I’ve been watching The Walking Dead long enough to know that important characters don’t die off screen! There’s gotta be a bit of spectacle to it. Another character has to be there to witness it. I was half expecting Chris to just show up, like “Hey Dad! Guess who?”

Of course, that didn’t happen though. What makes matters worse is that Fear the Walking Dead has proven through season three that disappointing character deaths are pretty much the norm.

There are a handful of characters in this season that meet similarly disappointing ends. I was actually really, really disappointed about one of them. The character was important and deserved a prominent death, but it felt so much like an afterthought that I didn’t even realize they were actually dead. I was waiting for an episode explaining their miraculous survival, the equivalent of Glenn under the dumpster. It never happened.

For me, Fear the Walking Dead continues to be a let down. At this point, I don’t even know why I continue to watch it, which is pretty sad. Am I waiting around to see if this show will eventually cross with The Walking Dead? Am I waiting for the characters to get more interesting? Am I just sticking around because of the zombies? I really have no idea any more.

From what I hear, the much anticipated crossover between Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead may actually come to pass in the next season or so. The verdict is still out as to how that will come to pass. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be an insignificant moment for fan service at this point. I guess time will tell.

I will end this review in the same way that I ended my review of season two last year. If you weren’t a fan of the previous seasons, then you will probably not be a fan of this season either. The show is still plagued by the same problems it’s had since the beginning.

If these problems have never been an issue for you, then you’re probably already a fan of the show.

There is a glimmer of hope for me, since the season 3 finale has the possibility of stirring up some change in the series. If that s the case, it’s about time.

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