TV’s worst show is back this weekend for one last shot at redemption

“I need a photo shoot, I want a chance at redemption. I don’t want to end a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard. ~Paul Simon, “You Can Call Me Al”

I’ve been a pretty harsh critic of AMC Fear the living dead over the last four extremely ridiculous seasons of the zombie show. Even before that, when the zombie drama stumbled pretty badly in Season 2, or when Season 1’s time jump essentially erased the entire series’ premise. It was supposed to detail the early days of the apocalypse but quickly left that plan in the dust.

Still, the first three seasons were decent and season 3 was really great. It remains one of my favorite seasons of all Walking Dead to show. And I wanted this show to come back to that. One of the main reasons why I have criticized so much To fear is that I know he has the potential to be more than he is. He could be good. If the creators of the show would just listen to the reviews and take them to heart, that might be fine. If AMC had the courage to change direction, it could really be good. It’s still too late, but I want to believe.

Hope is eternal, I suppose.

Crushing disappointment too.

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I really want season 8—To fearis the last season – to be good. A return to form. I want it to surprise us all. I want to eat my proverbial hat.

That’s the problem with investing in a story, I guess. In these characters, in this world. I stayed with The Walking Dead all the way through the bitter end, and there have been times I’m grateful I stayed for, but also a lot of wasted hours. The 11th season of The Walking Dead was a mess. The finale had some powerful moments, but ultimately left me pretty cold.

If nothing else, I’m sure Fear the living dead will be more entertaining, for better or for worse. Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg aren’t very good writers or showrunners, but even the bad stuff on this show tends to be entertaining. I recapped Season 4-7 a few weeks ago and highly recommend you read this article as a way to brush up on the nonsense that got us to this place.

In many ways, after the disaster of season 7, the show can only go up from here. Again, it’s Fear the living dead. Everything is possible.

You can read my spoiler-free review of the Season 8 premiere here.

Season 8 Synopsis

Taking place in two parts, the eighth and final season of Fear the Walking Dead kicks off with the first six episodes following the plans of Morgan (Lennie James) and Madison (Kim Dickens) to save Mo (Zoey Merchant) from PADRE and seven more later – Morgan, Madison, and the rest of the people they brought to the island live under the cynical rule of PADRE. With our characters demoralized and discouraged, the task of rekindling everyone’s belief in a better world is the person Morgan and Madison set out to save in the first place – now eight-year-old Mo.

There are only 12 episodes this season, with six airing before a mid-season hiatus, which is when the Negan/Maggie spin-off ghost town will be broadcast. The next six episodes will be released later this year.

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