REVIEW: Fear the Walking Dead, S4 Ep1 – What’s Your Story?

Fear the Walking Dead, S4 Ep1 – What’s Your Story?

Fear the Walking Dead begins its fourth season with Morgan embarking on a new journey, and along the way, making some new friends and foes.

After watching the season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, I got why AMC decided to air it directly after the finale of The Walking Dead, something that hasn’t been done before. The third season ended with a massive dam explosion and cliffhanger so it was a surprise that we did not immediately see what became of the characters there. But their brief appearance at the end of the episode was way more effective in setting up this new timeline.

The opening half plays pretty much like a continuation of the main show, with Morgan living quietly at the dump, getting occasional visits from his old friends. It was weird to see main players from the mother show appear in the spinoff but it was still fun. Jesus, Carol, and Rick paid Morgan a visit and tried to encourage him to stop being a hermit and to return to the community. But the events of the main show damaged him too much and he decides to literally distance himself from his old life by running, walking, driving as far away as possible.

And the journey is compelling because Morgan becomes fascinating again (not least because of Lennie James’ magnetic performance) but also because his solitude is so full of pained dignity. And though he’s a silent character determined not to build any new ties, he still ends up reluctantly in a new group, with two very interesting characters.

Fear the Walking Dead, S4 Ep1 – What’s Your Story?John Dorie is a delight, I have to say. He opened the episode monologuing to a mysterious figure in the dark and already I wanted to know more about him. He’s an old-fashioned cowboy who clearly has enough wits and fighting skill to survive in the zombie apocalypse for this long. But he’s kind and hospitable and would not let Morgan go off alone, no matter how much the latter told him to do so.

In a stroke of luck so unusual to Fear the Walking Dead, they are both rescued by the journalist in a SWAT tank, Althea, another tough cookie and fairly lively character. She’s determined to collect people’s stories, and is amused by Morgan’s mentions of the Kingdom and Alexandria. Both she and John are fully of positive energy, a contrast to Morgan’s gloomy misanthropy.

Fear the Walking Dead, S4 Ep1 – What’s Your Story?But they work well together and in the end, they manage to bond enough to form a small, dysfunctional group. John and Al look fairly glad to have the company and Morgan just sighs and goes along with it (at least for now).

And that’s when they get ambushed by Alicia, Nick, Strand, and Luciana. So now we know they survived, though not how. The promotional material for Fear the Walking Dead season four also shows that Madison is alive somewhere. And considering the time jump that was needed to allow Morgan to join this show, it’s clear that the Clarks have accumulated their fair share of painful experiences. And they’ve survived.

Morgan’s on a new and exciting journey, with a couple of likable and intriguing characters, and now their paths have crossed with the Clark family. Already I’m more engaged than I was with The Walking Dead and I can’t wait to see what happens next.