Fans of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ have had enough! A petition posted on change.org, entitled “BRINGBACKFEAR TWD” calls for the firing of the current showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg and the reinstatement of original showrunner Dave Erickson, who also co-created the series.
As is written on the petition’s page:
“Fear the walking dead is a shell of what it was. What it was supposed to be. Dave Erickson created an amazing show, only to have his successors Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg completely rebrand it to cater to a new audience. Fans who’ve watched from the very beginning will notice the show’s subtle change in tone from a dark gritty horror drama to a more light-hearted slow-paced story. In a sense, the last two seasons have come off as a parody of the original show.”
‘Fear the Walking Dead’ has never been as popular as the main ‘Walking Dead’ series. In recent years, the show has been overhauled in an attempt to scare up ratings. The show jumped forward in time, bringing it in line with the main show, and allowing characters from one to cross over to the other. That allowed for Lennie James‘ character, Morgan, to come aboard ‘Fear’ as the new main character, replacing Kim Dickens’ Madison, who was killed off.
The writers of the petition seem to know that it won’t actually lead to the firing of Chambliss and Goldberg but are hoping to make enough noise to get AMC to at least think about making changes to the show.
“We all know Andrew and Ian won’t listen to us, as they only care about their new audience and the revenue that comes with it. As long as people continue to watch, viewership ratings will remain consistent. The only way to fix fear is to bring attention to this and hope the higher ups at AMC take note of it, and bring Dave back, or at the very least bring in a competent show runner.”
‘Fear’ may not ever be as successful as ‘The Walking Dead’, but AMC is so heavily invested in the brand that they are introducing a third ‘Walking Dead’ series, with plans for these shows to air nonstop for most of the year. But considering that ‘Fear’ has never been as successful, it makes sense that AMC wants to adjust it to make it more appealing, but like the old expression goes, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” But what happens if you make that omelet and no one wants to eat it? Suddenly, you realize there might have been a better use for those eggs. (This is a bad analogy. I don’t think there is a better use for eggs than omelets.)
If you would like to sign the petition, you can find it here.
Are you a fan of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’? Is it better or worse now than it was in the beginning?