Game of Thrones versus Fear the Walking Dead: Gut-wrenching brilliance or televisual wallpaper

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Vincent Ralph discusses the latest episodes of Game of Thrones and Fear the Walking Dead.

This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones and Fear the Walking Dead.

On Monday UK audiences saw the latest episodes of Game of Thrones and Fear the Walking Dead, and the former proved what an absolute mess of a show the latter has quickly become.

Both episodes were the mid-points in their respective seasons, but while Game of Thrones produced a humdinger of a twist and had audiences across the globe wiping tears from their eyes, Fear the Walking Dead felt like something thrown together by a sixth form Media class rather than by some of television’s top writers.

The fact that I watched the shows one after another will not have helped, with the origin story and heart-breaking fate of one of Game of Thrones’ most loved – and as it turns out most underestimated – characters leaving its mark.

However it also showed the chasm between the HBO behemoth and AMC’s attempt to cash in on The Walking Dead by doing the same thing only with unlikeable characters and, well, a boat.

Game of Thrones has not always proved immune to fan criticism, but more often than not it is superb television with characters we care deeply about and twists that stay with us long after.

The latest is no exception. In fact what happened at the end of season six’s fifth episode is arguably the most heart wrenching moment in the show’s history.

Perhaps it was foolish to move straight onto the Fear the Walking Dead mid-season finale but needs must, and what I noticed more than anything else is that I didn’t care what happened to Nick, Strand et al.

While Game of Thrones was must-watch, Fear the Walking Dead felt like televisual wallpaper, and that is sad considering the promise it once showed.