Spoiler Warning for this week’s episode of “Fear the Walking Dead”

Photo courtesy of AMC
Nick and Madison Clark. Photo courtesy of AMC

The end of the world is absolutely terrifying to watch, and with that, gripping and suspenseful are two words to describe the episode. The companion series to AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is already a massive hit and this episode gives the main series a run for its money.

We begin the episode in the Salazar family barber shop. With riots and looting plaguing the streets outside, Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) and Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades) discuss what will happen if the rioters get inside. The group eventually has to leave the shop after a fire breaks out. Travis attempts to lead everyone to his pick-up truck, but in all the chaos, Daniel’s wife, Griselda (Patricia Reyes Spíndola) becomes trapped under a collapsed scaffolding, severely injuring her foot. This injury becomes a central story point for the Salazar family as they decide what to do next.

After escaping the anarchic downtown area, Travis drives past one of the hospitals, only to discover that it has become a battle scene between the infected and the authorities. In the back of the truck, Travis’ ex-wife, Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) tends to Griselda’s wound, but realizes that a real doctor is needed.

At the Clark house, Madison (Kim Dickens) tries to keep Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) calm with a game of Monopoly. This scene was very enjoyable to watch, as we do not have many cheerful family scenes in the world of The Walking Dead, but this is cut short after the trio realize they are not safe and go on a mission to steal a gun from a neighbor. Travis arrives at the Clark house and discovers an incredibly gruesome scene, an infected man eating a neighbor’s dog. Daniel rushes in and manages to shoot the infected man, saving Travis.

Photo courtesy of AMC.
Photo courtesy of AMC.

Travis and Madison debate whether they should leave or hunker down in the house. They decide to stay and some interesting relationships begin to develop. I am very excited to see what happens between Madison and Liza.

The next morning, an altercation erupts and out of nowhere, National Guard soldiers enter the neighborhood and begin locking everything down. Nick still struggles with his addiction and Alicia struggles with appropriate attire for the zombie apocalypse; one should wear as much clothing as possible as a guard from bites. Seriously, what was she wearing there at the end of the episode?

With military protection, will the group manage to stay together and alive or will they crumble? Based on what we know from the main series, I would say the military won’t be the best source of protection for too long. Griselda may survive her wound, but without proper medical treatment she may not. This episode was fantastic and ended at a great point, leaving me wanting more! Tune in next Sunday to “Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC.

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Jeffrey Kopp is the Community Editor of the Niner Times. He is a senior double majoring in Communication and Political Science. His interests include writing and keeping up with an excessive amount of television shows. He is also the go-to expert on all things “The Walking Dead."

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