It’s probably just a ploy to tug at our heartstrings right before yanking them straight out of our chest, but the final scene of last night’s Walking Dead episode featured one of its corniest music syncs yet: a cover of the cult Bill Fay classic “Be Not So Fearful” that felt a little too heart-warming given its lyrics and that whole zombie apocalypse thing. What we didn’t expect to find out this morning is that the person responsible for it is New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman.
“Once we selected the song, the trick was figuring out who would be the right artist to perform it,” music supervisor Thomas Golubic told Radio.com. “A.C. Newman of The New Pornographers has the sort of simple, sincere, and unadorned voice that [showrunner] Scott Gimple really responds to in the story telling this season. His nuanced performance of Bill Fay’s somber song brings closure to a particularly difficult chapter in our group’s lives, and presents the possibility of a brand new start.”
Nuanced? We kinda felt our gag reflex kick in, but maybe that’s because the sequence itself felt like watching the cast members walk onto the set of a documentary about food co-ops and sustainable farming. Maybe that was the point though—placing a rug beneath us, only to yank it away during next week’s season finale? Either way, maybe Jeff Tweedy would have been a better choice?