Thursday's reveal former Savior Dwight (Austin Amelio) will be the second Walking Dead character to be integrated into spinoff Fear the Walking Dead is drawing mixed reactions on social media.
ComicBook.com reported the long-missing Dwight, exiled by rival Daryl (Norman Reedus) before The Walking Dead underwent an 18-month and then six-year time jump in its ninth season, will resurface in Texas, joining former co-star Lennie James as the two shows become further intertwined.
Once led by Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and centered around the Clark clan, namely children Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Nick (Frank Dillane), Fear shifted away from the Clarks following the Season Three death of Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) and the subsequent Season Four axing of both Nick and Madison just episodes apart.
James' bō-wielding loner was installed as new series lead at the behest of Walking Dead chief content officer Scott Gimple, who James said viewed Morgan as the sole choice for the first-ever crossover to bridge the two shows.
Fear is now drawing criticism of becoming the flagship series' "trash can for their least interesting characters," wrote one Twitter user, who argues the spinoff was "ruined" by "killing Alicia's family and replacing them with sh-tty TWD characters."
Another Twitter user argued against integrating Dwight into Fear in favor of having him return for unfinished business on the mothership series, as the back-to-back losses of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) appears as though The Walking Dead is "getting rid of everybody we care about."
Others were more enthused: one Twitter user wrote they're "damn pleased" for Dwight to make the jump to Fear, but advised against future characters crossing over as "there's serendipity and there's stupidity."
In October, when asked what's next for Dwight, Amelio said "he's gonna go find his wife," indicating Dwight's search for the missing Sherry (Christine Evangelista) is responsible for his trek west.
The star said previously he hoped for Dwight to embark on a "super dark journey, where he just has to do all this crazy sh-it in order to find her," but suggested more recently the repenting Dwight could be in search of redemption following his dirty deeds under the leadership of since-ousted Savior leader Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
"I think Dwight is definitely on a road to redemption for trying to do some good in the world, just to sort of overcome everything he's done," Amelio said at Walker Stalker Con New Jersey. "That's sort of his only hope."
Fear the Walking Dead is now shooting Season Five for a 2019 return on AMC.
Damn pleased to hear Dwight is about to show up on #fearTWD. Damn pleased. But after that? Definitely no one else, there’s serendipity and there’s stupidity.#THEwalkingDEAD #TWD #AMC #IMAGE #IMAGEcomics— ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? (@MARVELspank) January 3, 2019
win/win/win— Rebar "And yet, I smile" Grimes (@carrieWUTWUT) January 4, 2019
I would rather dwight was still on #thewalkingdead tho— G Rhee? (@ProtectorGlenn) January 3, 2019
dwights joining fear the walking dead?? why— ♡ MR MISTY EYED ♡ (@wwiitchcraft) January 3, 2019
we were robbed of abe on fear
they gave us morgan and killed off the 2 strongest fear characters
and now we get. dwight.
Fantastic news. I wondered what happened to Dwight. Austin Amelio was awesome. Another great addition to @FearTWD. With this and The Whisperers arc on the main show, it could be a good year for @WalkingDead_AMC.#FearTWD #TheWalkingDead #TWD #TWDFamily https://t.co/65HJbfyc77— Gav (@GavinUK86) January 3, 2019
Wait wait wait, Dwight from TWD is really crossing over to Fear the Walking Dead just like Morgan did? LOL— Oreste (@OresteMercado) January 4, 2019
Dwight:January 3, 2019
I'm happy for Austin though. Chill dude so I'm glad they found a way to keep him around— New Year, Same Old Queer Witch (@RebelLoveLiz) January 3, 2019
I love him!!! Yay!!!!— Linda Heiring (@HeiringLinda) January 3, 2019
|| So Dwight is now going to Fear The Walking Dead next season? What the shit is this shit? Will you stop removing characters from the main fucking show.— ????? ?????. (@FervidGallant) January 3, 2019
Fear The Walking Dead #FearTWD is becoming #TWD The Walking Dead’s trash can for their least interesting characters... First Morgan and now Dwight smh— barbara⚜️ villanelle stan (@lmj_black2pink) January 3, 2019
They ruined the show by killing Alicia’s family and replacing them with shitty TWD characters. I’m only watching bc of Alycia pic.twitter.com/gScS1Dmbcg
Don’t get me wrong I’m sure I’ll love the new season of Fear, but it’s just now that Rick and Maggie and a few more big characters are gone, it seems like there Getting rid of everybody we care about, and I know seem people don’t love Dwight as I do https://t.co/KXtzcjwqXn— Molly? (@moll244) January 3, 2019
twd can keep it we don’t want him we want more of the ORIGINAL cast because that’s all what they are now because they have 0 developed I didn’t sign up for this tbh smh— liss (@misjanejasmin) January 3, 2019
Another crossover? Are you kidding me? I want to see FTWD with the FTWD cast! After Morgan this? This is so annoying! Just stop it. ? pic.twitter.com/nXJWzKOpeV— Skyline.0000 (@Jomp_em_op) January 3, 2019