A Prequel To “The Walking Dead”

Shah Tazrian Ashrafi

While AMC’s uber-popular, savage drama ‘The Walking Dead’ had its viewers’ attention glued, a companion series by the same creators, Robert Kirkman and Dave Ericson, secured quite a special spot for itself on the same platform. Kicking off as a dull entry to the zombie apocalypse fans, Fear The Walking Dead clearly didn’t stick to the tag, and it ended up fully embracing the zombie apocalypse fans by the mid of season 2 as the expected anticipation jumped in through the dramatic episodes. As opposed to the pouring misconceptions of it being a spin-off, this series is distinct from The Walking Dead as Kirkman himself voiced that it was not a spin-off. Furthermore, the characters aren’t common, and unlike The Walking Dead, the series develops from the outset of the outbreak.

An unusual flu breaks out in the city of Los Angeles, signaling the apocalypse, which emphasizes this tough drama. The series follows a dysfunctional, blended family conjuring up the will to reinvent themselves for survival as they are forced to abandon Los Angeles and head to Mexico in search of a sanctuary. The Clark-Manawa family and the rest often find themselves in emotionally perplexing circumstances like losing loved ones and resorting to tough decisions since the adversities never cease. They must accept new attitudes and grip new skills while civilization slumps around them. The leading character, Madeline Clark, a high school guidance counselor, semi-sketches the pivotal role of Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead, fitting herself in a significant character’s suit. Her resilient attitude, quick thinking ability, motherly love and logical conclusions sprinkled throughout every season, which is one of the reasons I was not disappointed by this prequel. On the contrary, Travis Manawa, Madeline’s boyfriend, plays a short-tempered figure with a calm face, and that somehow made me dislike the character since his actions invite more trouble to the crew, though his intentions focus around the betterment of everyone. Apart from them, Nick and Alicia (children of Madeline), also fit themselves in the pivotal suites. While Madeline, Travis, Nick, and Alicia lead the survivors’ group intermittently, this series lacks a main lead like Rick Grimes, who glues the whole crew together on The Walking Dead; since the characters function like Rick Grimes at times and disintegrate into a side role after some episodes.

Though the first season seemed like an uneventful start to the viewers, things took a positive turn quite fast when its new season hit AMC right after, lifting the viewers from a cliffhanger, adding some graphic scenes, and featuring the mental ordeals in the collapsed world through the survivors’ lenses. Adding to it, after June-21st’s episode, it’s been predicted by Forbes that this prequel might as well surpass Kirkman’s sky-high rated The Walking Dead.

Despite the caustic reviews surrounding some lacking floating on the internet, this prequel is definitely worth your while if you’re a zombie apocalypse fan since it’s clearly not a spin-off and The Walking Dead is due in October.