Fear the Walking Dead

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Name: Fear the Walking Dead
Abbreviation(s): FTWD
Creator: Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson
Date(s): August 23, 2015 – present
Medium: television series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: official site
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Fear the Walking Dead is a companion series to The Walking Dead, following two families who must band together to survive the undead apocalypse.

Fandom

Fear the Walking Dead has a much smaller fandom presence than the original series The Walking Dead, with a heavy concentration of fanworks focusing on the character of Alicia Clark

Pairings

Elyza Lex

Main article: Elyza Lex

Elyza Lex is a fanon character, based off of Clarke Griffin, created by Clexa (Clarke/Lexa) shippers after one character in their ship, Commander Lexa, was killed in the third season of The 100. The actress who played Lexa, Alycia Debnam-Carey, also plays Alicia Clark in Fear the Walking Dead. Elyza Lex is shipped with Alicia Clark.

Controversies

Accusations of Racism

  • In Season 1 the show was criticized for its treatment of black characters, following TV's One Black Man (or Obligatory Black Guy) rule, where one black character is killed off to make room for the next.[1]
  • Some fans disliked the portrayal of Mexicans in Season 2, and how they were characterized as overly religious and superstitious.[2]
  • Although the series began with the blended Manawa-Clark family, many fans have pointed out that all the family members of color, the Manawa family, died while the white Clark family remained.[3][4][5]

Politics and Colonialism

  • The story line in the first half of Season 3 was thought by some to have political undertones. Some fans felt the series idealized preppers and libertarians while villainizing Native Americans.[6] While others accused the series of trying to tap into Trump anti-migration sentiment.[3]

Season 4, Soft Reboot and Accusations of Ageism and Sexism

  • Initially when it was announced that there was going to be a crossover between The Walking Dead and Fear fans where excited, however for some this turned to disappointment when the format and overall tone of the series was changed,[7] and there was no resolution to the season three cliffhanger.[8] There was particular outrage when the show killed off both Nick and Madison, arguably the two main characters of the series, within the first half of season 4.[9][10] Some felt AMC wanted a new spin off featuring Morgan, a male character, and so they sidelined and then sacrificed their mature female protagonist in order to make this happen, bringing about accusations of sexism and ageism.[11][12] Many felt the new showrunners were doing a disservice to the fans who had been loyal viewers from the previous three seasons.[13]

Archives and Fannish Links

Resources

References

  1. The ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Showrunner Addresses The Race Controversy
  2. Anyone else bothered by the subtle racism of this show?
  3. 3.0 3.1 Is 'Fear the Walking Dead' Attempting to Tap into Trump's Anti-Immigration Sentiment or Am I Crazy?
  4. They killing off all the PoC
  5. You know what? WOW.
  6. Fear The Walking Dead bites off more than it can chew as things heat up
  7. I'm not mad about...
  8. My brother watched all seasons of Fear the Walking dead for the first time. When he got to season 4, he asked me if he missed a season, because nothing made sense he said
  9. June 10, 2018 Tweet
  10. "The Fear the Walking Dead subreddit is in a particularly bad mood today"
  11. June 12, 2018 tweet
  12. June 11, 2018 tweet
  13. Fear is F**ked Rant!