In the first season of Fear the Walking Dead, the show focused on providing context for the zombie outbreak and giving fans a glimpse into how things were in the early days. The new cast of characters like Madison Clarke (Kim Dickens) had no idea what was in store for them, but audiences knew better. This made it even more unsettling when the first episode featured some of the first pedestrians, such as the one wandering through the park that Madison drove past, a moment that Redditor u/Maxispierre and many others in their thread about it still find it incredibly unnerving all these years later.
Ironically, this sense of unease about what’s to come and the forgetfulness of the Fear the Walking Dead characters proved interesting to the show’s writers. As co-creator Dave Erickson explained back in 2015 at San Diego Comic-Con (via Collider), which is something The Walking Dead has never encountered since it happens so far into the apocalypse. “It becomes a process of discovery, and then when these characters really have to inflict violence on someone, the context will be destroyed. They float in a lot of confusion, a lot of anxiety, which for us (as writers) is really fun,” he said.
While some recommend skipping entire seasons of the show, there are still plenty of reasons to watch Fear the Walking Dead. First, if you’re interested in a good panic, you’ll definitely want to check it out.