This Mom Has Much Bigger Issues Than Zombies on 'Fear the Walking Dead'

If you are anything like me, you are mainlining coffee this morning after staying up late to catch AMC's new The Walking Dead spin-off Fear the Walking Dead. You might even say you feel like a zombie this morning. Zombies are thus far a small aspect of this show, which gives us time to get to know the guidance counselor Madison Clark and her partner English teacher Travis Manawa before the walkers start walking (and eating everyone in sight).

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What did the pilot episode teach us? That having a 19-year-old drug addict for a son must be a nightmare. But even as heartbreaking and as tragic as that is, I can't help but think that Nick is going to make a go of getting clean and starting his life over now that the zombies have started to rear their ugly, chompy heads in Los Angeles.

This is where we can have so much sympathy for Madison. Not only does she have a demanding job of dealing with a bunch of weapon-concealing high schoolers, she also has a troubled son, plumbing issues in her house, and a totally eye-rolly teen daughter named Alicia who has zero interest in hearing what her dumb parents have to say and can't wait to leave for college. This show is just like real life, except with less zombie outbreaks! And if you wanna start adding up points, I think so far we can all agree that Madison is a way better mom than The Walking Dead's Lori Grimes was. 

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Having the show start out slowly and focus on character development before everything goes to hell is an interesting choice I think. So many people are divorced and trying to blend their families, and I think we can all agree that parenting teenagers is a horror show anyway. And I can't help but think our friends at AMC were thinking of us moms when they developed this show -- more familial drama, diversity in cast, and issues that a lot of us deal with on a day-to-day basis. That is until the outbreak really goes down. I'm sure a lot of hardcore TWD fans won't dig how slow-moving FTWD is, and FTWD is thus far a lot less gory than the companion show, which I think might broaden its fanbase in a lot of ways. Even in my own personal mom circle, a lot of people I know are too scared to watch The Walking Dead

I'll be watching, not for the fun gore factor or to see the zombies in all their gory glory, but because I like a smart, well-written drama involving flawed human beings. Add to that the breakdown of society that is bound to happen after the outbreak really gets going and it sounds like a perfect Sunday night. For us moms! 

 

Image via AMC/Fear The Walking Dead 

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