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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ showrunner defends death of black characters

Spoiler Alert: The first two episodes of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead have shown three major deaths and all of them have been African American actors. Fans of the show have expressed some outrage over the situation which has prompted a response from showrunner Dave Erickson.

He told The Hollywood Reporter, "I realize it's clearly become an issue and it's something we are mindful of. But ultimately it's trying to tell the story the best way we can and cast the best people we can. I wouldn't want to go back and recast a character just to avoid … if it doesn't feel true to the character or the relationship — the relationship with Alicia and Matt or Calvin and Nick." Dave also explained, "When you're dealing with a show where you have a cast that is as diverse as ours is, it's inevitable that characters of color are going to get bit and are going to turn or die. If you look at the larger scope of this season, what people will see is that there is parity."

The original Walking Dead has also been criticized for upholding the "token black guy" trope but has attempted to fix the issue in recent seasons by introducing new characters who bring more diversity to the show.

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