Fear The Walking Dead :: The mid-season finale leaves us asking what now?

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“They’re not really dead … are they?” – Nick
“No. They are not Nicolas.” – Celia
“So … what are they?” – Nick
“They are what comes next …” – Celia

Oh, horse pucky.

Let’s face it: Celia is intelligent, aware and a good cook. But she’s more than a little bit bonkers when it comes to the undead.

Fear The Walking Dead bowed out with a nicely done mid-season finale Sunday. And it left plenty for us to ponder, right on into August when it’s scheduled to return for the back half. It wasn’t the best story of the season but it wasn’t shabby by any stretch of the imagination. We learned a lot.

Celia, who obviously rules the roost at the safe house/winery, is the voice of authority. Food, protective shelter, strength in numbers. As such she’s got a good thing going. But she’s leading a blind, loyal band of old world believers who are just as delusion-impressed as she is.

And that dungeon of the dead … that’s a deal breaker.

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There are folks who have a problem with it. Specifically, Daniel and Madison. They see through Celia and her delusions, her forthrightness notwithstanding.

“The only reason you are here is because I see the light inside him …” she says to Madison at one point, which is really quite ironic. (Did we see a touch of jealousy flash on Maddie’s face because Celia saw something she missed about her son?) Because while Maddie is cautiously understanding of that enlightening moment, she’s not so taken as to be blinded by it. Celia, blinded herself by her old school ideas about the dead, isn’t so fortunate. And in the end it is her – and the rest of the winery’s – undoing.

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So when all is said and done, where are we at? Well, the good news is we found out what those voices Daniel heard last episode – it was his wife Griselda, come back from the dead to haunt him. Which as it turned out was a good thing: She was the catalyst which pushed him to absolve himself of his sins, i.e. by destroying the undead. The bad news? He set the entire place afire. (He reasoned earlier the place was evil anyway.)

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Alicia, Madison, Ofelia and the outcast Victor have flown the coop. No one knows where Travis and Chris are. (Well … Nick does.) And Nick is at a crossroad at what to do. The path he decided on was to simply walk off into the dark. We don’t know what has truly become of Daniel. Is he alive? Did he make it out? Did he join the dead and undead alike in that conflagration? (Nah … he’s still around. I’m willing to bet on that. My gut instinct – and IMDB – assure me he hasn’t clocked out.) A lot of unknowns going on to leave us stewing.

So let’s have some fun speculating about a few things and mulling over the characters. We’ll start with the characters first …

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  • I didn’t think it would happen but Nick is my favorite right now. He’s morphed from a dippy, dopey druggie into a self-reflecting and interesting character genuinely concerned about people instead of himself for a change. I’m curious to see what comes next in his story.
  • From the very start Daniel has always been intriguing to me. Seeing him take a turn for the worse (at least it seemed that way from Ofelia’s perspective) and coming out cognizant of his actions, despite how the consequences worked out, is refreshing.
  • Alicia is hit and miss. She might be doing more on the positive side of things of late instead of being wrapped up in her own little world of self-concern and selfish actions.
  • Maddie is still Maddie, strong and able and ready to make moves as she’s done in the past. You need look no further then her reactions toward Celia to see the truth in that statement.
  • Victor has exhausted my curiosity of him currently. But I won’t count him out to come up with things to make him relevant again. That’s part of his M.O.
  • I don’t know what to think of Ofelia right now. She’s just there as the worrisome daughter.
  • Travis has gravitated back into a lump, something he excelled at during the first season. But … I have to give him kudos in going after and sticking with Chris in spite of his feelings for Madison. That took guts; it was a defining moment for him. And it might bear unwanted fruit down the line.
  • Chris? I don’t know where his head is at. But that short exchange between he and Travis was pretty telling: “I should have helped you,” Travis told him. “Look at me – I’m no good,” was his response.
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Now … where are all of them headed? We’ve got a fractured group pointed in several different directions, so it’s anyone’s guess. I’m certain Alicia, Madison, Ofelia and Victor are headed back to Abigail … where I think Alex might be hanging out, despite the fact the group left her back in U.S. waters. (Just a feeling.) Travis and Chris will reunite with them somehow, probably crossing paths coincidentally. (There will be some good interplay there in light of Chris’ actions.) Daniel? I don’t know. Quite possibly he escapes from the inferno and reasons heading back to Abigail is the most likely scenario.

We’ve got 3 months to speculate and bounce ideas and theories off each other. But one thing I do know and I’ve said it previously: I like the way the season has unfolded. It continues firing on all cylinders. I’m certain same will hold true when it returns.

What did you think of this episode? Start a conversation in the comments section below!

 

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