8. Season 5
The Walking Dead stumbled a lot throughout its 11-season run, with some seasons faring better than others. But never – and I mean never – did it fall so far from grace as to land down in the realm of Fear The Walking Dead season 5.
With Morgan now at the forefront of the show, it continued its descent from the once great drama it was. The character’s moral dilemmas were largely responsible for TWD‘s issues in season 7 so of course they were going to rear their head again here. And Fear suffered for it; it really did.
But Morgan wasn’t the only issue with season 5. No, this season’s shortcomings were the sum of its parts, because none of those parts were good. The villain was underwhelming, the characters unlikeable, and the plot incapable of finding anything that remotely looked like logic. And then there was the whole hot air balloon ridiculousness, Morgan’s condescending pep-talks, and the divisive found-footage format. Not even the return of Daniel Salazar nor the arrival of The Walking Dead‘s Dwight could save this season.
While questionable decisions took place in the fourth season, the creative team could have produced a solid fifth season to prove they were right to change direction or take those risks. But season 5 was the perfect example of why that was a huge mistake. The show fell off a cliff and devolved into a parody of another show entirely. This wasn’t a bad season of Fear The Walking Dead. It wasn’t Fear The Walking Dead at all.
We’d take Madison and Nick over this any day of the week.