Reactions to this week’s Fear the Walking Dead, the penultimate episode of Season 5, has some viewers calling the mostly documentary-style episode the worst of the season.
Sunday’s 515, “Channel 5,” explored the convoy’s troubles amid their hunt for a new place to call home. During their travels, newcomer cameraman Tom (Joe Massingill) lost his life — giving Fear its first selfie-related death.
“It was absolutely horrible, boring, and poorly written,” reads one comment replying to a tweet posted by the official Walking Dead Twitter account seeking fan reactions to the episode. “Enough of the hand held camera stuff.”
Another commentator agreed, writing, “What utter crap this season has been. Enough found footage crap. Way to turn interesting characters into cardboard cut outs. Put this series out of its misery.”
What utter crap this season has been. Enough found footage crap. Way to turn interesting characters into cardboard cut outs. Put this series out of its misery.— Scott Blackie (@scottblackie77) September 23, 2019
Last week, when Talking Dead turned to Twitter to collect questions for showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg ahead of their appearance on the chat show for the Season 5 finale, fans openly aired their grievances with the writer-producers. Some upset viewers even called for Chambliss and Goldberg, who assumed showrunning duties from series co-creator Dave Erickson in Season 4, to be sacked.
“Worst episode of the entire show,” reads a comment from one user who adds Fear “is so bad now with the current showrunners. They need to be fired as soon as [Season 5] is done!! [Season 6] will be worse if they stay! AMC needs to start listening and fire them!!”
Chambliss and Goldberg have already planned Season 6, officially announced by AMC during the Walking Dead spinoff’s presentation at San Diego Comic-Con in July. It was there the showrunners said Season 5 will end with a major change that will reinvent Fear for Season 6.
That big change is “something that we’re very excited about, and it’s really going to change the narrative approach of how we tell stories in Season 6,” Chambliss later told TVLine. “I don’t want to give away any more details than that.”
Worst of the entire franchise— REJEKT (@DVDWLAY) September 23, 2019
Worst episode of the entire show! Omg this show is so bad now with the current showrunners. They need to be fired as soon as S5 is done!! S6 will be worse if they stay! AMC needs to start listening and fire them!!— Nick Aaron (@MischiefMaker4) September 23, 2019
Season has been HORRIBLE— Mike (@M_jopink) September 23, 2019
It was awful.— mark nau (@marknau1) September 23, 2019
It's hard to top the awfulness of 4B, but #FearTWD accomplished it tonight.— Mick (@TheMickNY) September 23, 2019
I think it’s time to bring back Dave Erickson #firechamblissandgoldberg— Kristy (@Kristy52694449) September 23, 2019
Fear the walking dead is dogshit🤷♂️ used to be a great show.— Kobe🤙 (@Kobe67484643) September 23, 2019
NOT gonna lie. It was better.But all the flipping around with it being a DOCUMENTARY now is somewhat confusing. Having to make sure you're seeing filming as opposed to NONE filming was hard. But apparently Ginny has made spaghetti & we all know who else made spaghetti on #TWD? pic.twitter.com/nXgK0lLx6t— Kim Lee (@KIMKlt61) September 23, 2019
Snore fest— john kuhn (@kuhnzombie) September 23, 2019
I don’t like being negative, but: Sooooooo bad, so boring - fire the writers. This show once had great potential...This was pure garbage tonight. This is such a great cast, but the writing is trash. This far into The Walking Dead franchise & they give us this? 🤢🤮— STUDIO 716 (@STUDIO716) September 23, 2019
The worst among many awful episodes. What these 2 showrunners with the oversight of Gimple have done to this show is unforgiving and down right unacceptable. Season was 3 was so complex and multilayered. Now it's a shallow kids show with dumb gimmicks. #Firechamblissandgoldberg— BringbacktherealFTWD (@Bringbackthere1) September 23, 2019
One of my favorites of the season— S.P. Cervantes (@spcervantes) September 23, 2019
Better than earlier in the season, but enough with Al’s camera already...unless you’re going to show us a flashback of Abe and Eugene on the tapes.— N2ITIVE (@N2IT8) September 23, 2019
Not an Emmy worthy but a razzy award worthy— 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 (@VinxentGrimes) September 23, 2019
I loved FTWD... until this season. I’m still two episodes behind because they are SO BORING I keep falling asleep. I don’t even really understand what is going on. It makes me really sad because I absolutely LOVE this franchise, read the comics, etc. I’m still holding out hope.— Terri Overland (@SpunkyFitGirl) September 23, 2019
At this point, I’m rooting for the zombies.— Joe Battiato (@joebatt) September 23, 2019
It was a 💩 show by 💩 showrunners. #Firechamblissandgoldberg For 2 seasons they have wasted @AMC_TV’s money and the fans’ time. They churned out a dumpster fire that disrespected the cast and fans. @FearTWD #FearTWD #TalkingDead pic.twitter.com/hnfjROJONR— Stadiumarcadia ||-// (@STADIUMARCADIA) September 23, 2019
I keep watching because I’ve invested my time in this show (since day one). What happened though? The whole ‘helping’ and ‘filming’ storyline is really boring, as was this entire season. I’m looking forward to next weeks finale just to end the misery! Sad, I used to enjoy it.— Dade (@Dadeums) September 23, 2019
Fire the showrunners and hire someone better, maybe bring back Dave Erickson. The show honestly peaked in season 3. I try to look at the show in a positive light, but if nothing changes in season 6, I'll be done and so will several others. Do something.— Choragus 🐶💣❤🌻 (@ChorChor9399) September 23, 2019
The worst episode of the season , oh wait every episode in season 5 is the worst from the writing to the production WTF , the original cast have no screen time ! We need new showrunners before season start production @AMC_TV #FearTWD #Firechamblissandgoldberg pic.twitter.com/QPFsOcI6yb— zack sammy (@zacksammy4) September 23, 2019
Fear the Walking Dead airs its Season 5 finale, “End of the Line,” Sunday, Sep. 29 at 9/8c on AMC. For more TWD intel, follow the author @CameronBonomolo on Twitter.