Season 1 was more cinematic because primarily it was a shorter season with a larger budget.
The showrunners knew what to do...they were following the comic book series. I would say it lost it's way with Darabont in the second season being stuck on Heshal's farm so long...something that was NOT in the comic.
If the showrunners didn't know what they were doing why did viewing figures increase years after Darabont's departure?
The first show runner after Darabont was his co producer for season 1-2, so he had an idea of what to do.
It’s like saying “The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions were better films than the Matrix because they made more money at the box office.”
No it isn't
You are comparing 3 2 hour films. TWD increased it's viewership over several years and nearly a hundred episodes...a much different situation if a viewer is to make a decision on whether to stick with a show or not
If it's later success was due to the Darabont vision that was put on screen for the one and half (shorter) season he worked on, Darabont himself would disagree what made it onto the screen was what he wanted. Look up the released emails he sent to execs during production. He complains about those making the show and how he is unsatisfied how it is turning out. He especially criticises the other directors. This was all during the time he was showrunner.
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD has been the superior show for some years now.
I liked the first couple seasons but the direction, writing, makeup, costumes, all went into the crapper after the reboot despite the likable characters. I don't know that it counts for being popular and then declining since it was never too popular.
Post by Lebowskidoo🍿😷💉 on May 5, 2021 10:16:12 GMT
The Walking Dead probably does very well streaming still. Network viewing had dropped for everything. I've been a faithful viewer all along, but the show is weaker without Rick and Michonne, both characters not getting any closure doesn't help either. This past season had one really excellent episode, the one about Negan and his wife, Lucille. The rest was just okay. There was one boring episode about Daryl, Carol and the dog that didn't really advance anything. The walkers barely figure into it anymore. The group just meets another group, fight, then move on to the next group to fight. The Negan cliffhanger was the last time people seemed genuinely interested...although the heads on spikes cliffhanger recently brought back some of those old TWD shocking vibes.
Fear the Walking Dead currently airing is having a really great season so far, I hope it doesn't veer off course.