A father/son road trip, a hotel of horrors and the worst hangover Madison could imagine were all on offer this week in Fear the Walking Dead Episode 10, "Do Not Disturb."
After last seeing them in the mid-season finale, we finally got to catch up with Travis and Chris in "Do Not Disturb." While it all looked good in the beginning, things soon turned dark as Chris found a group who were impressed with his brutal tactics, basically forcing his father to either get on board, or leave. Working in with the father/son storyline, we also returned to the hotel arc, and met some new characters who will surely provide some intense drama over the next few weeks.
Personally, I think"Do Not Disturb" was a bit of a return to form for the series, which ended the first half of Season 2 on an absolute high, but has started off the second half a little slower. With five episodes left to go, it seems as though the series is beginning to build to a strong season finale, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
But enough about future episodes, because there were more than enough details in Episode 10 to wrap your head around! Check out the five things you might have missed (plus a bonus!) in Episode 10 of Fear the Walking Dead "Do Not Disturb."
1. Travis has a very interesting way of getting into cars
Props to Redditor rdvi97 for this hilarious moment near the beginning of the episode.
As Travis and Chris approach the small town, Travis decides to take a car parked on the road to give the pair a break from walking. However there's a pretty funny production mistake when Travis smashed the car window with a crowbar in an attempt to break in.... and then proceeds to open the door using the handle. D'oh!
There's a high probability this scene was originally going to play out differently in the show, but ultimately it ended up looking like this. All I know is that it makes me laugh every time I watch the gif, so I couldn't possibly leave it out.
2. There was a very brief moment of old world normalcy
After Chris and Travis make off with the car, Travis decides to give Chris a driving lesson. The moment is a perfect father/son bonding moment, and for one moment feels like the zombie apocalypse isn't going on at all. As Chris bumps his way down the highway, it's a nice reminder that no matter what is going on in the world, these people are still trying to live their lives and make do as best they can.
However, the lesson also stood in stark contrast to the last scene of the episode. As Chris learns how to drive, Travis gives him pointers before telling him "you got it!" and giving his son a look of total pride. But by the end of the episode that look of pride is replaced by one of total devastation, after Chris shoots and kills an innocent man in the barn (a reference to The Walking Dead Season 2?), and Travis realizes that his son is irreparably damaged.
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3. Alicia is adapting as a sensible post-apocalypse survivor
So far the characters to adapt to the post-apocalypse world have been the more unhinged members of the group - Nick, Chris and even Daniel. But during "Do Not Disturb," Alicia showed that she too has the skills to survive.
After Ofelia's mysterious disappearance, Alicia is left on a floor of the hotel surrounded by zombies, trapped and alone she kicks into survival mode. First she finds a butterfly knife for protection, and then uses the peephole in the door to mark off how many walkers she sees in the hallway, and at what end of the hallway they've congregated at.
Then, when she's about to move into the hall she does possibly the smartest thing we've seen a character on Fear the Walking Dead do when faced with a group of walkers - she makes sure she's outfit ready. By lacing up her boots, tying up her hair and even tucking in her shirt, Alicia makes herself a smaller target, reducing the possibility of tripping over a lace, or a walker grabbing her. For those of you who play The Walking Dead Telltale video game, it really reminded me of Lee cutting Clementine's hair in Season One.
4. There was a nice tell on how much time had past
As Elena and Alicia rushed downstairs, they came across the room where the wedding was being held, and Alicia demanded to know what had happened. As Elena told the story of locking the wedding party inside the ballroom, we got a look around the room, and as we did, I was surprised to see how recent it looks like the wedding had been - how recent the zombie break out had been.
The wedding cake still looked reasonably edible, and the flowers still seemed fairly fresh, reminding us that although this is the second season of Fear the Walking Dead, the break out was not all that long ago. In fact, if this timeline is to be believed, it's only been about 3.5 weeks since Day 1 (when we saw Gloria had turned).
Putting it into perspective like this, you can definitely forgive many of the characters for still taking their time in adapting to the conditions, especially seeing as The Walking Dead universe has never seen or heard of such a thing as zombies before.
Additionally. Travis seeing the homemade grave markers was a good reminder that the series is taking place in 2010, in accordance with the timeline set out by The Walking Dead. It's a minor note, but interesting all the same!
5. Was Madison bitten?
We didn't see a whole lot of Madison in "Do Not Disturb" until the last moments of the episode when she conveniently saved a few lives. At the moment we have no idea how she and Strand escaped the herd of walkers that swarmed them inside the bar (though it looks like we'll find out in Episode 11), but given how much time the camera focused on her and her strange facial expression, I think there's a decent possibility Madison was bitten while escaping.
Aside from the strange expression, there was the comparison between drunk people and the zombies earlier in the episodes, as well as talk of Madison's death earlier in the episode when Alicia ominously told Elena "my mother would die for me." Not to mention Alicia spotting this little beauty:
However, on the flip side, there's a possibility that Madison is just hungover from her and Strand's heavy drinking session the night before, or perhaps that she was overwhelmingly relieved not to have lost both her children. What do you think - bitten or not?
Bonus: New name for zombies
We know there's a ton of named for zombies in The Walking Dead universe, the most popular of which being 'walker,' thanks to Rick and his group. Over the years we've heard 'biters,' 'geeks,' 'lurkers,' 'monsters,' 'empties' and more, but this week we heard a new one: 'the wasted.'
The group that Travis and Chris meet reveal that they call the undead 'the wasted' because they though the first zombie they ever say was a guy who'd had a few too many to drink, and I got to admit, it seems like a pretty accurate name!
Watch Fear the Walking Dead Episode 11, "Pablo and Jessica" next Sunday on AMC