The first half of season 3 Fear the Walked Dead ended the same way it came in, with a nice double feature. It’s been a help to our struggling opinions of the show. The first two seasons left John & I to wonder if we even wanted to continue watching. But season 3 has brought some interesting characters and some unexpected plots. What it hasn’t done — is made us care.
Right now I care more about Walker’s community than any character or group we’ve seen to date. But these people will not get to be the show’s front-liners. Basically, we are still stuck with Madison’s clan.
Well alleluia, Fear the Walking Dead has brought us something interesting!! Enter Rueben Blades. We have a zinger for the first time in this whole series! I would have loved to see this episode made into a stand alone movie for the big screen. Between the passionate Spanish language throughout to actually having a story with real depth, there’s finally something interesting going on.
When we last saw Daniel, he was trapped in a fire he set himself. Left for dead and hallucinating, Daniel has managed to survive. Yet he’s suffering from dehydration and infection in a leg wound, death is closing in.
A fate-like series of events spares Daniel’s life several times over. And lands him in a position to save the most important resource in the post-apocalyptic world.
Hospitality & Guilt
His savior and new friend, Efrain is played by Jesse Borrego. The two set out to a secret fountain to collect water for a community struggling to survive. And Efrain takes Daniel to his daughter, Lola, to tend to the infected burns on Daniel’s leg.
Daniel is moved and humbled by this experience. Showing signs of deep remorse for his previous life, he confesses to killing 96 people to Efrain and begs forgiveness. A wise Efrain tells Daniel, there’s no one left here to judge him.
Despite the hospitality, Daniel’s intent is to leave and continue his search for Ophelia.
As Fate Would Have it
As Efrain sleeps, Daniel leaves. He finds himself, under armed and overpowered, facing a giant walker. At the last second, Daniel is saved again by the grace of fate. Lightning strikes the walker dead and Daniel unconscious. Daniel is found by some of Dante’s guys and taken back to their camp at the dam.
As if we had any doubt, Daniel proves willing to stand up for himself even outmanned among the unknown. Dante’s men follow suit in a Negan fashion, standing in the presence of their leader. A front-man thug confronts Daniel for ignoring their leader’s entrance. And is stabbed with a fork for disrespecting Daniel’s meal.
Dante thinks he recognizes the name Daniel Salazar of El Salvodor and questions his potential military affiliations. A tattoo inside Daniel’s lip confirms he was Sombre Negra, a vicious vigilante justice group of military and police. Dante respects Daniel’s background and invites him in as an honored guest.
Daniel is taken on patrol to find the dam’s water thief. Dante’s thugs are standing in front of the fountain that will lead back to Lola; Daniel reveals Efrain, moments before it can be discovered. Lola, distraught over her father, argues with Daniel over his betrayal. He declares he acted in protection of her and the people depending on the water. Daniel later finds Efrain being interrogated by Dante with Lola standing by.
Lola, distraught over her father, argues with Daniel over his betrayal. He declares he acted in protection of her and the people depending on the water. Daniel leaves.
Daniel finds Strand, who has been imprisoned by Dante. Strand lies, telling Daniel that Ophelia is at the hotel where he was staying. And that Ophelia is waiting for Daniel. Daniel feels Strand is lying and walks away.
Later, Daniel finds Efrain; he is being interrogated by Dante with Lola standing by. Dante orders Daniel’s participation in the interrogation. Daniel speaks quietly to Efrain; to protect Lola Daniel offers a quick death for Efrain’s silence. But Lola intervenes, confessing her actions.
Dante takes Lola, Efrain, Strand, and Pablito (an innocent) to the top of the dam for execution. One of Dante’s thugs sends poor Pablito over. And Daniel is ordered to execute Lola next. Instead, Daniel shoots Dante and his men. Bringing Daniel’s headcount to 100.
Daniel hands the gun to Lola and kneels to accept his fate. And Lola extends her hand and pulls Daniel up.
Fear the Walking Dead has had exactly 100% viewership of die-hard Walking Dead fans, watching just for the sake of it. But the show has really not been nearly as satisfying in any way as it’s predecessor. We’ve made it this far, I imagine we will be watching it through to the end. Just to say we did.
This season hasn’t brought John & I much to be excited about overall; the show is still pretty boring in comparison to TWD and maybe when measured against, well, anything. The actors are all gorgeous, it has that going. But the acting itself often seems dry, stiff, unrealistic, and dispassionate.
Our leading couple is Madison & Travis, played by Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis. From the very beginning they are said to have this back story of a deep passionate romance. But… ugh there goes that word again. But these two actors just didn’t pull off. Cliff did a better job as Travis caring for Madison than the other way around; overall, there’s no real chemistry between the two of them to make a believable deep romance.
Now, Travis is dead. Bye Cliff; I actually miss you.
Season Three – Episode Three
It looks as if Madison will be playing up some mommy issues with, Troy, a weird psycho that tried to kill her son and husband, whom of which seems to have a thing for her, played by Daniel Sharman. From a pathetic attempt to fain fear of Troy, to joining forces with him voluntarily. All things considered, it’s an interesting twist, albeit super fucking bizarre and creepy twist.
Another wildly creepy scene takes place as Nick joins Troy on a midnight hunting expedition with some other characters from the ranch. These two end up rolling around in a brotherly fight. Anger turns to play and they end laughing about it, almost romantically, and agreeing to be friends. I can’t wait to see what Luciana feels about this!
And praise Jesus! Finally someone has some weed. Begrudgingly, Alicia agrees to a “bible study” with her peers. What she finds is an opportunity to be a regular person for a little while. The teens bunker down with a little booze, a bong, and a walker head asking questions from a birdcage
This episode did prove that the writing can be really funny and not all the acting is atrocious. Alicia/Alycia is actually a joy and hello!! Now we have Dayton Callie. I’m also enjoying Daniel Sharman even though Troy is a weaselly mother fucker.
We do all our talking about this episode right HERE after we talk American Gods.