If there was an award for "Most Improved Show," Fear the Walking Dead would unquestionably win it for its 2017 run. Still, it's about to get even better.
Launching Fear the Walking Dead's third season, the series took out Travis Manawa, the character many suspected to be in a leading role for the long haul. It was the first true sign (with many to follow) of the show fully embracing the apocalypse Walking Dead fans have known for years. According to Victor Strand actor Colman Domingo, the quality of Fear the Walking Dead will continue to get better.
"I credit [showrunner] Dave Erickson and his writing team," Domingo said. "I credit AMC for having the patience for our show to unfold at a slower pace actually than [The Walking Dead]."
Erickson, who will be exiting Fear the Walking Dead at the conclusion of its third season once he submits his final episode later this month, is getting high praise from Domingo.
"I credit truly Dave Erickson and his vision," Domingo said. "I think that he's such a dynamic showrunner and writer and I think if you think Season Three already has been pretty awesome, the back half of the season is pretty epic. Things happen. We were all so exhausted throughout the entire shoot. We realized we're no longer making television. We're making epic film after epic film, you know."
For the earliest pair of seasons, Fear frustrated some viewers who were feeling smarter than the show's characters. The characters required an adjustment period for this new, lawless, dangerous world, but it wasn't quite landing. That's officially a thing of the past.
"I think that by the time we get to Season Three, everything is amped up and we are max-dead in the apocalypse," Domingo said. "We have made our mistakes in Season Two. I think the audience is probably frustrated with our characters because we didn't know so much and they had the cards in their hand. Now we're finally catching up to the universe and catching up in many ways to our sister series."
Still, Fear the Walking Dead exists years prior to The Walking Dead's current storyline, making a crossover for the two shows nearly impossible.
With six episodes left in Fear the Walking Dead's third season, it sounds like the already seen improvements are just the beginning. "Things are going to happen," Domingo said. "The stunt work, the makeup work, the character of the story, there's blood, there's betrayal... The stakes get even higher as we lead towards the back half of the season."
Domingo's Victor Strand will be at the forefront of Sunday's "La Serpiente" episode of Fear the Walking Dead. His character will be responsible for leading Madison Clark to a water supply for Broke Jaw Ranch as Qaletaca continues to breathe down their necks with pressure to accomplish the goal.
The Walking Dead's sibling series Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 pm ET on AMC. The Walking Dead will return for its eighth season on October 22, 2017. The Season Eight premiere will mark 100 episodes overall for the popular AMC series. For complete coverage and insider info all season long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter.
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