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Jeffrey Kopp is the Editor-in-Chief 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." Reach him at editor@ninertimes.com or @JeffreyKopp97 on Twitter.

TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ – ‘First Time Again’

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

Rick (Photo courtesy of AMC)
Rick (Photo courtesy of AMC)

“The Walking Dead” returned for its sixth season in the biggest and best way possible. The 90-minute premiere featured new characters, growing conflict and of course, walkers, a lot of walkers. The importance of community is the central theme of “First Time Again,” showing how everyone must work together to achieve a common goal. With the threat of death looming over everyone, the characters are pushed incredibly hard to keep their community standing.

Structurally, this episode is far different than any episode before it. The aftermath of the fifth season’s deadly finale is shown in black and white, while present time is shown in color with the time switching back and forth throughout the episode. This method of switching back and forth worked nicely, showing the contrast between the past and present. Following the highly anticipated reunion of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Morgan Jones (Lennie James), the residents of Alexandria begin to unwind and resettle. Alexandria’s leader, Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh), mourns the loss of her husband, while Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson) wakes up from her coma in the infirmary and learns what has taken place. The scenes with Tara were a major highlight of the episode, showing her positivity and humor; hopefully her character is developed more as the season progresses. Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) keeps up her act as a weak and friendly housewife, while hiding her true identity: a survivor that does whatever it takes to survive. Morgan and Rick slowly reconnect after the last time they were reunited back in Season Three.

Morgan’s insistence that “all life is precious” becomes a splintering point between him and Rick. Clearly, there will be conflict between the two, but there were some touching scenes that point to a positive relationship. Morgan meeting Rick’s baby daughter, Judith, represents a mutual trust between them. Conflict also forms between Rick and Jessie Anderson’s (Alexandra Breckenridge) teenage son, Ron (Austin Abrams). The events of the last season have made Ron distrustful of Rick. While outside of Alexandria, Morgan and Rick discover a quarry filled with thousands of walkers. This discovery prompts Rick to create a plan to corral the walkers and lead them away from the vicinity of Alexandria. A town meeting allows for some survivors to share their worries about Rick’s plan, but Deanna ultimately decides that it must be done. Several people volunteer to help lead the walkers away, including new character Heath (Corey Hawkins).

Another new character, Carter (Ethan Embry), begins to question Rick’s leadership and holds a secret meeting to discuss how they can do away with him. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) eavesdrops in on the meeting, but is quickly discovered which gives rise to a tense scene where Carter points his gun at Eugene and threatens to kill him. Rick instantly puts a stop to everything and turns the gun on Carter asking “You really think you’re gonna take this community from us?” Eugene is quickly rising to be a standout character in the very crowded field of characters. His child-like nature and innocence leads to some extremely humorous moments. Hopefully, he manages to survive the season, as his character has so much potential.

In the present timeline, the plan is underway and everyone has their own specific job. Rick, Morgan and Michonne (Danai Gurira) use flare guns to lead the walkers down their pre-established path. In front of the herd, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Sasha Williams (Sonequa Martin-Green) use vehicles to keep the walkers on the path. A group of walkers trapped in a nearby hardware store becomes a noise problem; the sound of the walkers in hardware store could possibly steer the herd off course. Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Nicholas (Michael Traynor) and Heath make their way to the store to kill the problem before the herd passes by. Last season, the cowardly actions of Nicholas led to several deaths, however, this season he appears to be making up for everything by stepping up and being more of a team player.

Morgan, Rick and Michonne use flare guns. (Photo courtesy of AMC)
Morgan, Rick and Michonne use flare guns. (Photo courtesy of AMC)

The survivors manage to keep the herd moving down the path until Carter is attacked and bitten on the face by a hidden walker in the woods. His screams of impending death draw several of the walkers into the woods, but Rick quickly contains the situation by killing Carter and ordering some of the other volunteers to fire their guns, therefore leading the walkers back in the right direction. Carter’s death was extremely gruesome and shocking, but I am not sad to see him go as he was a possible threat. As the plan seems to be progressing smoothly again, a roaring and mysterious horn sound begins. Rick and Michonne agree that it seems to be coming from Alexandria. As the episode ends, the camera pans out showing the massive herd of walkers turning directly toward Alexandria.

The big question heading into the next episode is who is making the horn sound? Could there be a traitor in Alexandria? My three biggest suspects are Ron, Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) who has made his distrust of Rick’s group abundantly clear, and the Wolves, the group of survivors introduced last season who use walkers as a weapon to steal supplies from other survivors. With the herd headed straight for Alexandria, the relative safety and normalcy of life behind the walls is sure to crumble. Difficult decisions will have to be made by each character in order to survive, although not everyone will have what it takes to survive. Rick and Morgan’s relationship will certainly be tested and put to the limits. It is great to have Morgan as a main character this season after making only short appearances throughout the series.

The sixth season of “The Walking Dead” is off to an incredible start and leaves me wanting more. The sheer number of threats creates a deep sense of uncertainty for the fates of our beloved characters. Who will be the next to go? Be sure to tune into “The Walking Dead” next Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.

TV REVIEW: ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ – ‘Checking In’

Spoiler Warning for this week’s episode of “American Horror Story: Hotel”

AMERICAN HORROR STORY -- Kathy Bates as Iris. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX
AMERICAN HORROR STORY — Kathy Bates as Iris. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX

“American Horror Story” is back, along with all the blood, guts, mystery and of course, horror, that fans crave. Confusion can be added to that list, because nothing seems to make sense in this premiere episode. With a new story each season, viewers are constantly kept guessing as to what and who will come next. Although not perfect, “Checking In” sets the stage for a very exciting and disturbing season.

The Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, an enigmatic and retro-styled maze of curiosity is where the season sets its story. Iris (Kathy Bates) welcomes guests into the hotel, but also caters to the needs of the bloodthirsty owner, The Countess (Lady Gaga). Iris checks certain guests into Room 64, where absolute terror await them. Hotel guest Gabriel (Max Greenfield) becomes involved in an incredibly disturbing scene with a faceless demon-like entity and Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson), a resident at the hotel.

L.A.P.D. Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley) is also drawn to the hotel after he begins receiving phone calls from a puzzling and anonymous killer alerting Lowe that he will strike again in Room 64. Lowe has an unfortunate backstory that haunts him and leads to a rift in his marriage with his wife, Alex (Chloë Sevigny). Their young son, Holden (Lennon Henry), has been missing for several years, but John suddenly begins to see him while at the hotel. At first, it seems as though Lowe is simply hallucinating, however, viewers are let in on the secret that The Countess has taken young Holden under her wing. This revelation sets up a very intriguing storyline for the season, as John is shown checking himself into the hotel as a guest at the end of the episode.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY -- Pictured: Wes Bentley as John Lowe. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX
AMERICAN HORROR STORY — Wes Bentley as John Lowe. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX

Iris and Sally have a rather complex relationship that is slowly revealed throughout the episode with the help of flashbacks. In 1994, Iris became involved in the affairs of the hotel after she followed her son, Donovan (Matt Bomer) to a drug-infused date with Sally. Donovan overdoses on heroin, which leads Iris to push Sally out of a high-story window. This particular flashback introduces a still unclear mystery to the viewers. Are the staff and residents of The Hotel Cortez simply ghosts that haunt the premises and lure in new victims? This harkens back to the major plot of the series’ first season, “Murder House.” Whatever the case may be, present-day Iris and Sally still feud over their murderous ways of providing victims for The Countess.

The connection to Season One is furthered when “Murder House” real estate agent, Marcy (Christine Estabrook), returns to the series. Marcy is helping fashion designer, Will Drake (Cheyenne Jackson), in his purchase of the hotel. Drake meets with The Countess, but it seems as though there may be different plans for Drake and his son. She appears to have a desire to collect children and turn them into her own creepy pets that run through the halls and feast on unsuspecting guests. This is just one of the numerous unsettling qualities that The Countess has. Her relationship with Donovan is also explored in a very disturbing way. The Countess and Donovan, lure unsuspecting couples into their hotel suite where a sex-fueled bloodbath ensues. Are these characters vampires, cannibals or just plain psychotic? 

Overall, the season is off to an impressive start; however, the main problem lies within the plot. The gore and horror are brought out in full force, while the plot takes a backseat. Some seasons of the show find the perfect balance of story and horror, while other seasons have neglected one for the other. Last year’s “Freak Show” started off strong, but failed to keep an interesting story for the full duration of the season. Hopefully “Hotel” can establish a clear and gripping storyline for the season, while maintaining the scares and fear that fans love. This season is also missing former series lead, Jessica Lange, who always managed to stand out. This episode proved that the show can stand on its own without Lange, but her absence is noted. A major highlight of the episode was the use of the song “Hotel California” to end the episode leaving a final and telltale message “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”

What other mysteries will the Hotel Cortez reveal to the viewers? With 13 episodes to go, the questions and bodies will surely keep piling up. Be sure to tune in to “American Horror Story: Hotel” next Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX.

 

TV REVIEW: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ – ‘The Good Man’

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

Travis (Photo courtesy of AMC)
Travis (Photo courtesy of AMC)

Every so often a television episode comes around that truly leaves me speechless. ‘The Good Man’ is one of those episodes. The highly anticipated season finale for “Fear the Walking Dead” managed to deliver on all levels. Fans were treated to an hour of suspense, action, violence, emotions and ultimately, tragedy.

A darkened series of aerial shots of Downtown Los Angeles opens the episode and shows the destruction caused by the apocalypse. We are also reminded of the arena filled with the infected Daniel found at the end of last week’s episode. With the impending consequences of “Cobalt” looming, the gang of characters decide to leave the military-abandoned safe-zone to retrieve their loved ones and head east. Before leaving, Travis and Daniel debate on what to do with the tortured Adams. Daniel wants to kill him, while Travis wants to bring him along. Adams sneakily convinces Travis to let him go. The group head out without Adams, however, Travis is the only person aware of this. The thousands of infected in the arena become a weapon and a tool for the group of characters to gain access to the hospital where Liza and Nick are at. Daniel leads the massive herd towards the military hospital where absolute chaos ensues.

The herd of infected begin attacking the compound as the soldiers use everything they have to hold them off. This chaos allows Madison, Travis, Ofelia and Daniel to make their way into the hospital. Meanwhile, Nick and Strand escape from their holding cell and begin to search for an exit. The confusing layout, flickering lights and hordes of infected make the hospital a deadly maze. Dr. Exner relieves Liza and the other medical staff of their duties after the evacuation becomes impossible. Liza flees and attempts to find her family, while Exner executes the surviving patients.

Strand and Nick become trapped in a locked hallway as the infected pile in and track them down. Madison and the group find the two, but are unable to open the doors. The scene was incredibly tense and emotional as Nick tells Madison to leave him. Fortunately, Liza arrives at the last moment and uses her ID card to open the doors and free Nick and Strand. Liza also notifies Ofelia and Daniel that Griselda succumbed to her injury. The group is finally put in a position where they must kill the infected in order to escape. Even Travis realizes he must kill to protect himself and the others.

Ofelia & Liza fight an infected. (Photo courtesy of AMC)
Ofelia & Liza fight one of the infected. (Photo courtesy of AMC)

The group passes a disturbing scene, a sizable mound of burned human remains from the patients and soldiers who died at the hospital. Ofelia and Daniel break down as they realize their wife and mother is among the dead. After reuniting with Alicia and Chris, a new threat emerges. Adams surprises the group and points a gun directly at Daniel. Ofelia attempts to talk him down to no avail. He turns the gun on her and shoots her in the shoulder. Travis lunges on Adams and furiously beats him, leaving his true fate unknown to viewers. The scene is critical for the character of Travis as he is indirectly responsible for Ofelia being shot. He is now less likely to trust others in the future.

Strand’s home becomes the new destination for everyone. An interesting montage of the characters driving through the deserted city is shown. The infected roam the streets and buildings rage with fire. Strand’s mansion on the beach is shown to be a temporary safe-haven though. A new plan erupts from something Strand shows Nick. His yacht, named Abigail, is show anchored in the ocean. This sets up an interesting storyline for Season 2, as a boat is essentially one of the most guarded refuges in a zombie apocalypse.

The mood is dramatically different at the mansion as everyone begins to settle in. Daniel tends to Ofelia’s non-fatal wound while Madison and Nick reconnect. Everything points to a rather upbeat and calm ending to the season, until Liza tearfully tells hugs Chris and makes her way to the seclusion of the beach. A worried Madison follows closely behind. Liza reveals to Madison that she was bitten back at the hospital; her fate has been sealed and she realizes this. Liza asks Madison to shoot her to prevent reanimation, paralleling what Madison asked of her in Episode 3 “Don’t make Travis do it. It’ll break him.” A devastated Travis discovers the two and a depressing sequence follows. Travis believes that she can be saved, but Liza knows that nothing can be done. Liza explains that everyone who dies will turn and that she doesn’t want Chris to see her as one of the infected. “I’ll protect him” Travis promises to Liza before shooting her in the head. It’s almost poetic in the fact that Travis is the one who mercifully shoots Liza. Despite the fact that they were divorced, it is very clear how much Travis cared about Liza. Chris rushes to the beach to find the lifeless body of his mother as a heartbroken Travis collapses into the sand.

Liza’s death is extremely depressing as she was a character who deeply cared about everyone, even Madison and her children. Liza’s medical knowledge made her a valuable and necessary member of the group, but her death shows that no one is safe in this world. Liza is a character I was completely invested in, so I am very much disappointed to see her go. Her final scene with Chris is tear-jerking as she realizes that his world is about to change; a mother having to leave her child to uncertainty. The episode ends with the camera panning out to the sea, representing the future for our characters; hopefully brighter days are ahead.

How will this loss affect the group? Will ‘Abigail’ be a place of safety? Will Chris be angry at his father? Where will we pick up in Season 2? These are just some of the questions I have at the end of this first season. The first season was spectacular and gave us characters to root for. The show has already been renewed for a second season of fifteen episodes and is set to return sometime in 2016. Next Sunday, the original series, “The Walking Dead” will begin its sixth season. Be sure to tune in on AMC!

TV REVIEW: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ – ‘Cobalt’

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

Liza (Photo courtesy of AMC)
Liza (Photo courtesy of AMC)

Wow! What an episode! Everything is escalating and our characters’ situation has become extremely dire. “Cobalt” is by far my favorite episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” thus far.

We begin the episode with a rather strange scene featuring a new character, Strand (Colman Domingo). Strand is a mysterious man who happens to be in the same situation as Nick. Both are locked in an internment-style quarantine area at the military hospital. Strand has managed to negotiate and earn the trust of a few soldiers. Through this, he manages to steal a key, most likely leading to an escape attempt with Nick in the next episode. I’m still unsure if I trust this new character, but he is definitely interesting to watch.

Ofelia and Daniel are two other very engrossing characters to watch in this episode. We learned last week that Ofelia has managed to win the heart of Corporal Adams. Ofelia and Daniel are both very frustrated with the lack of information regarding Griselda, who was taken to the military hospital for treatment. Daniel devises a plan to gain knowledge about what exactly the military is doing. The stand out character for this episode is definitely Daniel, who will do anything to protect his family. He is the definition of a true survivor in the world of “The Walking Dead.” Ofelia betrays Adams, who becomes the source of information for Daniel and the group as a whole.

Chris is one of the characters that totally annoyed me for the first three episodes. However, now I feel sympathy for what he is going through. Travis treats him unfairly and his mother is away at the hospital. Alicia senses his uneasiness and tries to cheer him up. The two break into an abandoned home that was once owned by “rich people,” as described by Alicia. I greatly enjoyed the scenes between Chris and Alicia as they destroy the interior of the home for fun and to release their pent-up stress and anger. Although, there seems to be some strange romantic attraction between the two. They aren’t technically related, but I hope they just remain friends.

Chris & Alicia (Photo courtesy of AMC)
Chris & Alicia (Photo courtesy of AMC)

Travis manages to persuade Lieutenant Moyers (Jamie McShane) to take him to the hospital where Liza, Nick and Griselda are. We begin to see unrest among the soldiers as many of them complain of exhaustion. Travis and the soldiers never make it to the hospital as the infected begin to retake the city. Travis still seems to hold onto the hope that the infected are still alive, even as he sees what they are capable of.

Back with Daniel we see that he has tortured Adams for information. Some interesting backstory for the Salazar family is also revealed. Daniel and his family fled a war-torn El Salvador, therefore he knows what people are willing to do in order to survive. Through Adams, it is revealed that there is a military plan in place called “Cobalt.” The plan includes a full military evacuation from the L.A. Basin and a “humane termination” of the remaining civilians. Everything is set to go down at 9 a.m. the next morning.

At the hospital, Liza and Dr. Exner treat sick and injured soldiers and civilians. The scenes at the hospital were incredibly eerie and tense. Liza begins to understand the process of becoming infected. Several patients are brought in with bite marks and Dr. Exner explains that no risks are taken when it comes to bite victims. Unfortunately, my prediction regarding Griselda came true. Her foot was amputated, but septic shock took over her body, which led to her dying in front of a heartbroken Liza. Dr. Exner explains to Liza that everyone who dies, will come back as one of the infected and that the brain must be destroyed in order to prevent reanimation. Liza shoots Griselda in the head to prevent her from coming back.

Even though it was very predictable and we didn’t really get to know her well, Griselda’s death is despairing. In the world of “The Walking Dead,” death is inevitable and common. Griselda is the first of many main characters that will meet a tragic end on this show, but the painful part comes in the reaction of who is left behind. This loss will greatly impact the group, especially Ofelia and Daniel.

This episode definitely picked up the pace from last week. I am becoming more and more invested in these characters and their struggles. The military aspect adds a unique perspective into the beginning of the apocalypse that was not shown on the original series. I’m excited to see if Nick and Strand are able to escape from the hospital. Hopefully, Liza will team up with Dr. Exner to escape as well. With a devastating loss and a deadly countdown looming over our survivors, next week’s season finale is sure to be absolutely insane. Be sure to tune into “Fear the Walking Dead” next Sunday on AMC.

 

TV REVIEW: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ – ‘Not Fade Away’

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

Travis and Liza (Photo courtesy of AMC)
Travis and Liza (Photo courtesy of AMC)

A strange title for a strange episode. With a fence and military protection, are the characters finally safe from the infected? Quite the opposite actually. The military is now the primary threat to our group’s safety.

When the episode begins, we see Nick in a swimming pool and Travis jogging through his neighborhood. My initial thought was that we were seeing a flashback from before the outbreak. The real nature of this scene becomes clear as we see a fence surrounding the neighborhood and soldiers on guard. Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) finally becomes relevant as he notices a shimmering light coming from a house in the mountains; possibly a fellow survivor. Chris also mentions that nine days have passed since the fence went up and the power went out. The neighborhood has become a safe-zone from the hellish and infected city outside. A soldier reveals that 12 other safe-zones exist in the area, but that everyone outside is dead.

Several of the major conflicts in the episode erupt from what the soldiers are telling the survivors. Travis naively believes everything that he is told, while Madison is very much suspicious. Chris and Daniel are also very weary to trust the soldiers. Meanwhile, a romantic relationship begins to develop between Daniel’s daughter, Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) and new character, Corporal Andrew Adams (Shawn Hatosy). Adams tells Ofelia that the military is preparing for a major push to take back the city. It’s nice to see Ofelia being able to take a break from treating her sick mother; if their relationship becomes serious, Adams may be an asset to the survivors as the military becomes more of a threat.

Deceit seems to be a trend with government officials, as seen with the new character, Dr. Bethany Exner (Sandrine Holt). Exner is a doctor assigned to this safe-zone with the purpose of determining who is sick enough to be taken to a local hospital for treatment. Liza aids Dr. Exner in screening the survivors. I am very distrustful of her as she gives off a very eerie and shady vibe.

Dr. Exner & Nick (Photo courtesy of AMC)
Dr. Exner & Nick (Photo courtesy of AMC)

Nick’s struggle with addiction is the other major story line in this episode. To Madison, he appears to be overcoming his demons, but in reality he is getting his fixes anywhere he can; one disturbing scene shows him stealing morphine from one of Liza’s patients. The effect of Nick’s addiction on his family is shown very clearly, especially through Madison who breaks down in front of Nick after she discovers that he was lying to her. One touching scene is between Nick and Alicia who tries to comfort him. This scene gave me a new appreciation for Alicia, who genuinely cares for her brother.

Madison is the stand out character of this episode. She is shown struggling to balance all of the responsibilities she has, while trying to figure out the truth of what is outside. She sneaks out of the safe-zone to find answers and discovers corpses, both infected and uninfected, littering the streets. All of the bodies have gunshot wounds to head, clearly from soldiers that are patrolling the streets.

The episode ends in a climactic and terrifying way. Dr. Exner has made her observations on who needs to be taken to the government-controlled hospital. Griselda is in dire need of surgery for her injured foot, but the real shocker comes when Nick is taken against his will and to the protest of everyone else. Dr. Exner persuades Liza to join the team at the hospital to assist with the patients. It is still unclear to the viewers if an actual hospital exists or if the government is simply trying to eliminate anyone that is perceived as unhealthy.

Travis is quickly becoming my least favorite character, mostly due to his overly-trusting nature. If he is going to survive in this world, he will need to change his outlook.

This episode was very slow-paced, especially in comparison to last week’s episode. This is not a bad thing as it did introduce an exciting new storyline regarding the military. The episode also allowed us to see the different sides of the characters. I am very curious about what will happen to Nick, Liza and Griselda. Like I said in last week’s review, Griselda is very unlikely to survive with her foot injury. I’m not too worried about Liza and Nick, but anything can happen. The characters in the safe-zone may possibly lead some sort of revolt against the soldiers, maybe championed by Madison or Daniel. I’m very excited to see what happens next! Tune in next Sunday to “Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC.

TV REVIEW: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ – ‘The Dog’

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.