Fear The Walking Dead does good by its season finale

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So that “humane termination” Adams mentioned under torturous conditions courtesy of Daniel Salazar in “Cobalt,” the one that was to take place at “oh nine hundred” the following day? What happened to it? We didn’t see it realized in the season finale. And that’s because the military presence was nothing but a disengaged, blundering mess of a unit. It’s no wonder it was never realized. It’s a small wonder the army stayed in any sort of group at all as it was. Given the order to initiate it, it would have failed anyway.

This was but one of the very few complaints I had about “The Good Man,” Fear The Walking Dead’s nifty season finale. (Another being the lackadaisical, care-free manner in which Ofelia first viewed the incinerated corpses as the group left the halls of the compound. You don’t suddenly stumble on smoldering human remains without receiving an immediate punch to the gut of shock or revulsion.) Still, it was a terrific wrap up to the blink-of-an-eye, 6 episode first season of the show

It was jam-packed with drama and action, both of the walker and survivor kind, making it so well-rounded it satisfied every degree of fan in some measure. Plus it left a myriad of questions behind — and some really good ones — to speculate about going into next season.

Bonus: Travis became more likable, even more so than during his previous education. Too bad Liza had to die (someone had to, right?) because she was turning into one of the “good guys.” And we really didn’t get to cuddle up to her as much as many of us would have liked; we were just able to open the door and peek in at who she was. But better to go out as one of the good guys than riddled with infection knowing all the fun that comes with it.

And Strand: What’s his deal?

“The only way to survive a mad world is to embrace the madness …” — Strand to Nick tweet

Not only is he cryptic as all get out and with an untold wealth to boot (obviously) but I really enjoyed the fact he was humanized with palpable fear and loss of control when he and Nick almost got caught by that undead horde. Still, left to his own devices he’s always going to look out for himself first and foremost. Doesn’t he give off that vibe?

But then he turns around and plays the generous host. “Anybody hungry?” he asks when he opens the doors of his home to the group. “Help yourself …” He’s definitely going to be one of those characters who keeps us on our toes, one you ultimately have a love-hate relationship with. You know the kind, the sort exemplified by Merle on The Walking Dead, especially at his end when he searched inside himself. (Remember Merle humanely set Michonne free and tried to bring about The Governor’s demise?)

Lastly, who was “The Good Man” the episode referred to? Was it Strand with his humanity and willingness to help, strange as that might seem? Was it Travis in letting Adams go in exchange for providing information where the group’s family members were holed up, freeing captive civilians in the compound and, later, solving the problem of his ex-wife’s yet-to-bloom infection? Was it Dr. Exner for “humanely” dealing with the patients at the army compound? Was it Nick who handed the key back to Strand or when he saved his mother with a ball peen hammer as she was about to get chomped? How about Salazar in affecting everyone’s escape from the safe zone? It could be any of these mentioned and more.

No matter your thoughts on Fear The Walking Dead‘s freshman season as a whole, it was a terrific finale. And it left me with a satisfying after taste in anticipation of next season.

Things I Really Liked About The Finale

  • The “Block Party Weekend” flyer on the wall of the compound seen while Liza was frantically trying to escape. (Because not only was it damned funny but it was ironic in the midst of the apocalypse.)
  • That ever-present cryptic, sarcastic tone Strand speaks in:

“Don’t leave us here!” — One of the caged civilian women in the compound begging for release
“There’s no value add …” — Strand in response

  • The walker invasion at the compound? Made complete sense, ravaging and tearing to pieces what little control the army had remaining.
  • That “what goes around comes around” full circle confrontation between Adams and Salazar with Travis to the rescue. Nice.
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