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That being said, all of a sudden – just like that – we’re in Mexico.
That’s when I got “a feeling.”
I couldn’t put my finger on it. I didn’t know where it came from. It just niggled me at the base of my stomach.
Then, meeting Celia at the “safehouse” (or would it be better described as the “safe winery” … ???) it hit me:
They’re in Mexico. And they’re safe. (Save Luis.) She came on way, way too calm in her first appearance. Naturally there’s something more to her.
But that’s not what hit me.
You see … I have a little “chipotle” in me. My mother’s maiden name is Ortiz. It’s one of the reasons I believe I’m drawn to the mannerisms and old world ways of Hispanic culture. So the thing that hit me and made me sit up straight upon introduction to Celia was this:
What if some of that old world mannerism is evident in the thinking of the group at the winery? What if, in some strange way, there’s a bit of skewed Día de Muertos (known more commonly as Día de Los Muertos or Day Of The Dead) connection evident at the place? My spider-sense was tingling.
Sure enough, it was none other than Daniel who discovered it. (As one of the Spanish speaking member of the travelers I fully expected it to be him, if anyone. It just made sense.) Celia is housing the dead, just as Hershel and his family was doing during the second season of The Walking Dead.
No good can come of it. There will no doubt be stands taken from opposite thinkers on the subject, conflict will certainly arise and the safehouse will only be safe for a very short period of time. Quite possibly right up until the conclusion of the mid-season finale next Sunday.
Zounds! Fear The Walking Dead continues to be fun and exciting!
Of course that wasn’t the only zinger we found out in this episode, “Sicut Cervus.” The title itself was clue to what the episode held. I recognized the title from one of the many songs sung in church. Additionally, it has meaning in The Bible: Translated loosely it states “the Lord protects and preserves them, they are counted among the blessed in the land, he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.” See the correlation with regard to the dead being housed? Skewed and strange, yes, but it makes a weird kind of sense. Throw in Día de Muertos – the Hispanic (and other cultures) gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died – and everything comes full circle.
Ladies and gentlemen? The dead are in the house. Nifty little twist, Fear The Walking Dead. Yeah, we’ve seen it before. But still … a nice twist nevertheless.
In addition, packed and peppered throughout the episode was the fact everyone, EVERYONE, had “a moment” during the broadcast. Every single cast member. Many had several. There was Daniel frozen in shock and saved by his daughter, Ophelia. Nick and his gravitation to Celia. Victor’s tragic reaquaintance with Thomas. Plenty more …
But two of the biggest ones showcased Chris and Victor once more.
Was there any doubt Chris didn’t have some suppressed vengeful thought in failing to save Maddie when she was attacked? Nope. It was written plain as day all over his face. And I don’t know about you but I felt a chill run through me during the conversation between he and Alicia a bit further on when she confronted him about the situation:
“You can’t say anything.” – Chris pleading to Alicia
“What if I do?” – Alicia
“I don’t want to hurt anyone …” – Chris
That short exchange definitely adds a little creep factor to Chirs’ character.
One of the biggest, however, had to be the concluding culmination of everything that came before.
The start of the episode had us thinking: How was the demise of all the church goers, the padre and parishioners alike, so much different than what we’ve seen before? The answer was in the tainted Eucharist Celia had prepared, meant to be used by her bitten son.
Interestingly, despite his obvious caring and affection for the man, it just didn’t sit well with me that Victor decided to end his life along with the doomed Thomas. And in that, my belief held true in the end. Victor’s will to survive trumped those deep feelings. If there’s one thing you can count on him doing time and again it’s looking out for himself. The consequences of his actions – employing a pistol instead to do the work of the Eucharist – will definitely stir the pot come next episode.
As I said at the beginning: And all of a sudden – just like that – we’re headed to FTWD’s mid-season finale …
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