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Fear the Walking Dead Episode Review: “The Dog”

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This was a good episode. We saw some character development, some sass, and all the characters are actually together. We also finally saw some walkers up close.

Travis, his family, and the Salazar’s are forced to flee the shop they’ve taken refuge in from the riots after the shop next door is set on fire. During their escape Griselda is injured, but the hospital has been overrun so they take her back to Travis and Madison’s house. However, Madison and the kids aren’t there.

They’d run from the house and gone next door for a gun after a walker (a former neighbour) started approaching the house. Travis is attacked by the walker when he enters the house, but thankfully is saved from being bitten when Daniel Salazar shoots the walker in the head.

Travis and both his families decide to wait until morning to leave for the desert, but Daniel Salazar decides his family will stay there despite his daughter’s protests.

Before the Manawa/Clark family can leave, the army shows up and Travis and Madison believe everything will be alright now. Daniel, on the other hand, says it’s already too late.

We know who’s right.

daniel it's too late

There was a lot of conflict between the characters last night. Can’t really blame them, it’s a pretty stressful situation. Travis just seemed to be arguing with everyone last night: Madison, Chris, Liza, and Daniel!

Madison seemed kind of fed up with Nick last night. In all fairness he was kind of being an asshat.

“I don’t need you, I need my medicine.”

Come on kid, I know you’re going through a rough time right now, but your mom literally nearly died getting those pills for you. At least throw a ‘thanks anyways’ in there. I want to slap him and hug him at the same time.

It was kind of funny though how as they’re waiting for Travis to return Madison gets out the Monopoly and they all immediately pick a game piece.

Monopoly

Also being an asshat last night was Daniel. All Travis, Liza, and Chris wanted was a place to wait out the riots and yet he was acting like they’d asked for a kidney! Then, when they’re running for their lives and Griselda gets hurt, who is that carries her to the truck? Travis! And yet Daniel still is just resisting being even the slightest bit polite to him.

I am enjoying this though. The way the families are so different and the way they bicker back and forth. It’s like watching real families instead of actors in a show. Couples bicker, parents get fed up with their children, not everybody gets along.

They might want to start trying though since the dead are up and walking. Oh what’s that? This guy said something that hurt your feelings? Well, did he try to eat your face? No? Then shut up, who cares, you’re still alive!

Three episodes in and I’m torn between liking the characters and wanting to slap them. Yes, they’re doing this right. Well done writers.

There was also a lot of focus on the idea of strength .vs. weakness, particularly between Travis and Daniel.

Good people are the first ones to die

After their neighbour is turned into a walker, Madison wants to kill her, but Travis talks her out of it. He says it’s not her call to make and that they don’t know for sure there isn’t going to be a cure for this ‘sickness’. Daniel sees this interaction and calls Travis weak.

I wouldn’t necessarily say Travis is weak, but more hopeful, kind of naive, and probably incredibly confused as to what the hell is happening to the world. Thankfully Madison and Liza seem to be teaming up and know that they have to do what they have to do.

Madisona and Liza

It was once again one of those moments that made you think about what you would do if you were in that situation. Would you hesitate? You’ve known this person for years and now here they are. Some people say she’s dead, but others are saying it’s just a sickness and there will be a cure. What do you do?

We already saw last night that Daniel has no issue just killing them (every time a walker gets shot now all I can hear is the girl from episode one, “kill shot bitch”). However, Travis doesn’t want to kill them. He wants to believe there may still be a way out of this.

It’s funny because I saw someone on Tumblr say how all the people watching the show who have seen The Walking Dead are now like Rick Grimes and the people in FTWD are the Alexandrians. Yup, I’d say this is a pretty good comparison.

I’d also say that people who have seen The Walking Dead know not to leave your house when the dead are walking and leave the damn door open! Like come on!

Closing the Damn Door

This was all of us, right?

It’s hard for me to feel sympathetic for them just because I’ve seen The Walking Dead so I know what happens and all I can hear is Carol’s “oh sunshine” in my head. Like, I just want to knock some sense of reality into Travis that this is how the world is now.

But for them it isn’t and that’s what I love about this show is that they don’t know what’s coming. On one hand that sucks, but on the other hand it’s so interesting to watch how each character reacts and slowly comes to realize that this is it.

Like Alicia last night who, up until this episode, had no clue what was going. She thought people were just getting a bad flu until her neighbour tried to eat her. She freaked out because she realized that her boyfriend is now also one of those things. It was heartbreaking. A+ to Alycia Debnam-Carey on her performance. This show has strong female characters and I am so happy!

Nick’s accepted it. As far as he’s concerned the world already sucked Before, the only difference now is that the dead don’t die. Madison’s struggling to accept it. She believes the people are dead, but you can tell she doesn’t want to believe it in the way she let Travis take the hammer last night.

Madison hammer

Alicia’s terrified and confused and I’m intrigued to see more of her reaction to the whole thing next week. Travis just doesn’t believe it. He’s in full denial, there will still be a cure, the government will figure it out mode. Sorry to break it to you, but no. So I’m also really interested in seeing his reaction next week and whether he starts to accept things.

We didn’t see much of Chris and Liza’s reactions to everything, but they both seem understandably freaked out. Liza almost seems defeated in the way she talked about not being able to help Griselda and Chris I think is looking at things with a typical teenage perspective in which now is the perfect opportunity for him to learn to use a gun.

Remind you of anyone?

Carl Grimes S2

The Salazar family is still kind a wild card. Daniel speaks for them all. He believes the world is doomed, the government can’t do anything to help. For Griselda it seems to be whatever her husband says is fine because he’s always looked after them before. But Ofelia isn’t so sure.

Her character right from the start was described as being very sheltered and now she’s seeing this world and doesn’t know what to do with it. I think we’ll be seeing some badass stuff her at some point though. It’s always the quiet ones.

So yes, this episode was pretty good. There was a lot of start to character conflict and I think we’ll probably see more of that next week.

Also, can I just say, what was up with those subtitles AMC? I was watching the show on a big TV and I have no sight issues and yet I was having the hardest time reading those tiny subtitles. The Walking Dead is one of the most successful shows on television right now and you’re telling me you can’t afford to make your subtitles bigger?

What did you think of last night’s episode?

How do you think you would react if the dead started walking?

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