‘The Walking Dead’ Is Getting Another ‘Fear The Walking …

Another character from 'The Walking Dead' is heading over to 'Fear' and that's a shame.Credit: AMC

There's been a weird switcharoo happening betweenThe Walking Deadand its little sisterFear The Walking Dead.

While Seasons 7 and 8 ofThe Walking Deadwere a disaster of epic proportions, failing in every way to tell a compelling story about the Savior war, Season 3 ofFear The Walking Deadwas excellent.

That was surprising, to say the least. Season 2's finale was so bad, I urged AMC to can the show after Season 3 and start over with something different. Unfortunately, AMC apparently ignored the quality uptick in Season 3, because Season 4 was essentially a soft reboot of the show.

And it was terrible. Two major characters were killed off. Numerous new characters were added. A badly implemented dual-timeline story for the first half of the season was followed by an even more insipid second half with one of the franchise's worst villains ever in Martha, the garbage lady. WatchingFear'sfourth season was painful. After a handful of good opening episodes, it just got worse and worse.

Then a miracle happened:The Walking Dead'sninth season turned out to be kind of amazing. Under Angela Kang as the new showrunner,The Walking Deadimproved by just about every metric---even as it lost its main protagonist.

It's funny in a bad way.

Lennie James as Morgan JonesCredit: Ryan Green/AMC

When it was announced that Morgan (Lennie James) was leavingThe Walking Deadafter Season 8 to go toFear The Walking Deadfor Season 4, I thought he was jumping out of a sinking ship. Season 3 ofFearwas so good, I figured he'd finally be able to get the screentime and writing he deserved. Instead, Morgan found himself holding the short end of the staff.Fear'sfourth season was embarassing and Morgan didn't help matters. Meanwhile, we have a thriving Season 9 ofThe Walking Deadwith crazy new enemies and writing that makes the last two seasons look even worse by comparison.

Now ComicBook.com is reporting that another character will be crossing over toFear The Walking Dead.Dwight (Austin Amelio) hasn't shown up in Season 9 ofThe Walking Deadat all. Turns out it may be because he's joining the cast ofFearin the second bigWalking Deadcrossover:

Having been entirely absent from The Walking Dead's ninth season, Amelio will reprise his role as Dwight on Fear the Walking Dead, ComicBook.com has learned from multiple sources involved with the series.

Dwight (Austin Amelio) is heading to FearCredit: AMC

Poor Amelio. He's making the same bad move Lennie James made. Unless AMC andFear'snew showrunners (who joined for Season 4) can turn things around in a very big way, I'm afraidFearhas simply jumped the shark. (I've listed my 9 biggest problems with last season here, so you can read those if you're interested rather than have me rehash them here.)

I suppose having a gig is better than not having one, but I can't help but feel many of the actors onFear The Walking Deaddeserve better.Alycia Debnam-Carey (Alicia) has certainly shown off her acting chops over the past two seasons. I'd love to see her get the central role given she's an original character, but she seems doomed to remain under the shadows of others---Morgan, now, since he's become the de facto leader (despite Morgan having literally zero leadership qualities.) I love Garret Dillahunt's John Dorie, but he's been woefully underutilized since his introduction in Season 4. Pretty much all the characters, new and old, have been poorly served by the writers and producers of this show.

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia ClarkCredit: Ryan Green/AMC

Here's a better idea: Have Alicia crossover toThe Walking Deadinstead. Have her take off and go East following Morgan's directions. She could meet up with the Alexandrians at the start of Season 10.

I hope I'm wrong andFear'sfifth season is a surprise just like Season 3 was, and just like Season 9 of The Walking Deadhas been so far. But I'm not particularly hopeful at this point.

P.S. We all know who should have been the original crossover character and that it would have been way better if they'd never made the time-jump inFear:

Michael Cudlitz as AbrahamCredit: AMC

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