“We can’t have violence here, we can’t cross that line.
If it happens again? If anyone raises a hand to another? They’re out. Any of us … gone.
That’s how it has to be. That’s the only way this works …”
– Madison to the group
Well, of course that edict has to be mandated. I mean … things are pretty peachy at the Hotel (Baja) California. A generator functions. There’s ice for drinks. It’s easier to boil water. The group is gelling, getting along … that is until Eileen puts a knife between Victor’s ribs for what he did to her daughter. (See more on Eileen below.)
With “Pillar Of Salt” we got a mixed bag of storylines on Fear The Walking Dead. We discovered Ofelia did in fact high-tail it from the hotel with the truck on some quest. (What that quest is we don’t know.) We saw things get a bit mixed up at La Colonia where Nick is camped out. (Things are rather cushy there, too, with Nick having found more than just the comfort of a well-structured community of survivors, read: Luciana.)
But let’s back up a second and reflect on a few key moments from the episode.
That quote above from Madison? It set a stern tone for the hotel residents going forward. The irony of it was the fact she later ruined any leadership role in stating such; she put the group in jeopardy by possibly allowing the supermarket gang to discover their whereabouts.
Look … I get the “mother bear syndrome” she exudes. But displaying it in the way she did – to the possible detriment of the rest of the group – was plain stupid. One moment she’s on top of her game, the next she’s pulling freshman moves out of a hat that could be her (and everyone else’s) undoing. Give her this much: She does have that fly by the seat of her pants routine down. It’s a mixed bag, though, because it’s not wise to play those hands in this current game of apocalyptic life. Doing so will get you killed. It will get others killed.
And then to stupidly advertise their whereabouts by flipping on the lights of the hotel for everyone to see? Alicia was right in giving Madison what for, especially in light of the sibling pecking order involving her and Nick. Alicia was right: Nick chose his fate, deciding to go off by his lonesome instead of sticking with the family. Yeah, he’s done all right for himself, but those he’s left behind don’t know that. And only Madison, with her often desperate and dangerous actions, really cares to try and do anything about it. But her decisions don’t make sense in the grand scheme of things. And that does nothing for her credibility and even less in making rules and regulations for others. No respect equals no one listening to you.
Ofelia: What’s the quest she’s on? Where is she going? Despite appearances of her taking a road leading back to the States, my guess is she will end up reuniting with her father, Daniel. That’s certainly a valid conclusion given the flashbacks detailing some of her past. Daniel was mentioned a handful of times during those flashbacks, directly and indirectly. It’s not hard to put the pieces of that puzzle together.
Nick and the Colonia? Fissures have begun to appear in that stronghold with Alejandro showing a darker side to his character and members of the Colonia showing their displeasure of his state of mind. And now, with the supermarket gang having scoped the whereabouts of the place, the stage is set for things to begin mixing up between the two factions.
Lastly, there’s Travis and his eye-spying of the hotel marquee when Madison hit the lights. All the fractured pieces of the episode point to the beginnings of a “family” reunion, don’t you think? Each little cutaway to whoever was a telltale hint, forward motion to everyone’s reaquaintance. If things converge as they have previously, we’ll end up with a finale that’s not only congregated everyone back together but with the added bonus of a looming and deadly threat on the horizon … or in their laps. That’s often the way things play out in an apocalypse, you know.
- We saw Travis at the end of the episode, but we didn’t see Chris. He’s taken harbor (and not necessarily safe harbor) with those hooligans we saw a bit ago? More to come …
- Is Victor on the mend or in danger? He’ll live. No major organs were compromised by Eileen pig sticking him. He just needs a little rest and recuperation.
- Part of the reasons for Alejandro’s outbursts during the episode were self-revealed: He wasn’t elected to the haughty position of Colonia head cheese. It was unceremoniously thrust upon him. Hey … it’s lonely at the top. And it’s a pain in the ass of a responsibility to be in charge with difficult decisions to be made, popular and otherwise. No wonder we saw a different side to the guy this chapter.
- Eileen: With all that’s happened since the outbreak? You’d think people like Eileen would catch a clue already. They’re dangerous and unstable and they need their trees shaken. Else, they’re going to continue to be a threat to others and, eventually, themselves. What to do?