Fear breathes new life into The Walking Dead Universe

Morgan and his two new friends

When I heard a main character from The Walking Dead was heading over to little sister show Fear, I assumed because it was going to be filmed in Texas that Abraham would made the journey. This worried me because it's hard to care about a character who's dead in TWD. Finding out it was going to be Morgan was a pleasant surprise.

Apart from maybe Andrew Lincoln who plays Rick Grimes, Lennie James who's been in many of the The Walking Dead's best episodes (the pilot, the brilliant Clear and bottle Morgan episode where he meets the Zen master) is the show's best actor in my opinion. His portrayal of a battled weary apocalyptic soldier suffering from PTSD has been hard to watch at times, but its been mesmerizing.

Its a delight to see him in action in a more lighthearted show.

Fear now has a touch of the Wild West with John Dorie

Place a man like Morgan who's at the end of his tether in Fear The Walking Dead, introduce a gunslinger cowboy called John Dorie ("ie, not y like the fish") and a hard-ass journalist in a customised walker killing machine in the shape of Al, and you don't just have our fave staff wielding hero smiling again, you also have Walking Dead fans who've been weighed down by the misery of the big show grinning away.

Fear by bringing in these three amazing characters has shown us how good a zombie show can be, reminding us of the good old days in The Walking Dead before  the poorly written Negan storyline that turned what should have been a great character into a caricature whilst making other smart characters do dumb things that's lost the show so many viewers.

Althea is a refreshing new character

Ironically this belter of a premiere for season four of Fear The Walking Dead is only ruined by the last few minutes when Nick, Alicia, Strand and Luciana turn up wielding weapons and looking like refugees from a Mad Max movie. 

The low point of Fear was when some of the original characters show up

Hopefully the show won't switch solely back to focus on the Clark family at the expense of the ever excellent Morgan and his fun new friends John Dorie and Althea (call me Al) because the newest members of the Fearverse are more entertaining than the Clarks ever were and that's coming from someone who thought last season's Fear was better than TWD.

Respect is also due to the production team for an episode that was beautiful shot making the apocalyptic landscape look like a Western.

Now give us more Morgan, John Dorie and Althea. Please and thank you for a job well done.

5 Reasons Why Rick Grimes isn't becoming Negan In the Walking Dead

For most of The Walking Dead we've been Team Rick all the way. But since he and his gang slaughtered the Saviors at an outpost as the men slept, there have been accusations that our favourite apocalyptic sheriff is as bad as Negan.

An accusation that was aimed firmly at Rick again after he executed the Hilltop prisoners who’d escaped and that included the man who’d just saved his life.

Killing the Saviors while they slept - is this something Negan would do?

Here are 5 reasons why Rick isn't as bad as his arch nemesis Negan.

Nobody has to go around saying "I'm Rick."

1. People follow him freely. They can leave freely.
He doesn't have a cult like Negan. Nobody except Rick goes around saying. "I am Negan." Rick's in a group: Negan's in a cult. The cult of one - Negan.

Rick discusses his plans. Negan issues orders.

2. Negan has an almost pathological need to be in control.
Rick has constantly said that if anyone else wants to lead that he will step aside. Negan needs to be in control. 

3. Negan delights in sadistically torturing and murdering people.
Hence Dwight's burnt face. Glenn and Abraham getting their heads caved in with a baseball bat. The Sanctuary's doctor Dr Carson getting burnt alive in a furnace. Glenn and Abraham getting their heads caved in with a baseball bat.

Daryl being starved and mentally tortured by some truly appalling music. Easy listening Easy Street ain't when you hear it over and over again.

4. Negan takes women as his wives and puts them in his harem. Rick sees women as equals and doesn't need to bribe, threaten or coerce anyone into sleeping with him.
The fact two of Negan's "wives" tried to get Eugene to kill him shows how much he is despised.

5. Rick has real friends, whilst Negan's has people around him that are terrified of him.
Rick might not always agree with Daryl, Morgan, Maggie, Michonne and Carol, but he respects what they have to say and there's genuine affection there. 

If they disagree with him they don't get an iron to the face.