Whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying that Fear The Walking Dead has been knocking it out of the park since the hit series returned to screens earlier this month. We're only five episodes in to Season 3 and we've already seen the death of one of the show's main characters and the return of another that had been presumed dead. Fear keeps getting better as protagonists Madison and Nick continue to discover the good and bad that lies in the world, taking out enemy after enemy in the process.
The latest episode of #FearTheWalkingDead took viewers back to the Ranch where we caught up with Madison, Nick and Alicia, all of whom had their own separate character arcs this week. As Madison ventured out into the wild with Troy, Nick came to terms with the fact that girlfriend Luciana doesn't want to live at the Ranch. Meanwhile, Alicia discovered that the world is still worth living in, with a little help from Jake.
Before we look ahead, let's take a look at the biggest moments from the latest episode, titled "Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame."
1. The Death Of The Elderly Couple
The episode began in typical The Walking Dead fashion — with a death. This time, the victims were an elderly couple who lived on the outskirts of the ranch. The old man woke to find his wife staring at their bedside cabinet. When he inquired as to what she was doing, the woman didn't respond. Eventually she turned to face her husband, but it was revealed to both the man and the viewers that she had become a zombie.
The woman headed straight for her husband but she couldn't bite him — she had no teeth and her dentures were on the table. The husband held tightly onto his wife and started dancing with her before removing a gun from his pocket. After a moment, he shot both himself and his wife in the head, knocking over the nearby lantern, sending their house up in flames. While death is very much a part of the #TWD universe, this one got us right in the feels!
2. Madison, Troy And The Others Take Out The Prison Walkers
While out on an excursion, Troy spotted an upside down Department of Corrections vehicle that was swarming with the undead. Unable to let the zombies roam, Troy decided that he'd better put the infected out of their misery. In a shocking turn of events, Madison actually agreed with her former captor and the two leaders headed into the action.
Troy warned Madison against using guns for fear that the gunfire would draw more zombies, so the pair used hammers and axes to take out the walkers. At one point, Madison was fighting two zombies at once and managed to dispose of both of them, impressing Troy's men.
3. The Crow Eats Bill's Brain
As they ventured out further, Madison and Troy found the helicopter crash site. However, the helicopter was no longer there and the site of Travis's death proved a little emotional for Madison. As they continued to explore, the group of survivors stumbled upon a man named Bill; Troy knew him. Bill recited a rhyme over and over, seemingly unaware of Troy's arrival.
However, as the camera panned around, viewers saw that a crow was pecking at the man's brain. Yeah, it was as gross as it sounds, and one of Troy's men understandably vomited at the sight as Madison watched in horror. Taking the initiative, Madison headed over, scaring the crow away and she put Bill out of his misery, sliding a knife gently into his brain.
While both Fear and The Walking Dead are renowned for their gruesome scenes, it appears that fans were especially full of praise for the Fear The Walking Dead crow scene. Here are a few reactions:
Fans are really loving the new season of Fear The Walking Dead, and the spinoff series definitely deserves to be applauded for exploring themes and storylines that The Walking Dead has not.
4. Daniel Leaves Strand At The Hotel
As he promised in last week's episode, Strand took Daniel to the Rosarita Beach hotel in the hopes of finding Ofelia. However, as viewers, we already knew that Strand was aware that Ofelia had left the hotel prior to his departure, so Strand was clearly using this information to win his freedom from Daniel. Remember, Strand has referred to himself as a "seducer of people" in the past and, even in the post-apocalyptic world, it appears that his talents are still being put to use.
As the pair approached the hotel, Strand became concerned when he noticed that the gates were lying open and nobody was in sight. The two survivors entered through the main entrance of the building to find only blood — there were no people around. Daniel sensed Strand's nervousness, working out that he hasn't a clue where Ofelia is.
As a result, Daniel left Strand, ahem, stranded at the hotel as a herd of walkers chased him. As much as we love you Daniel, that was just uncool, bro.
5. Troy Threatens Madison
While out on the road, Madison came face to face with Travis's killer and the man threatened the ranch settlers, forcing them to give up their boots. As a result, the party had to trek back to their home in their socks. The men's feet began to ache and they could no longer walk, so Madison encouraged the soldiers to rest. However, Troy didn't take too kindly to this.
Troy and Madison had a discussion about who was in charge, and in the end Madison decided that it would be best for everyone involved if they all waited until morning to proceed back to the ranch. Troy reluctantly agreed.
However, the tyrant showed no signs of forgiving and forgetting as, during her slumber, Troy put a knife to Madison's throat and threatened her life. Madison pleaded with him, telling him that he was "better than this" and eventually, the young soldier removed the knife.
As Madison continues to come to terms with Travis's death, the leader must figure out if she can trust Troy, something that we'll no doubt find out in the coming weeks. With Nick and Alicia discovering that life can still go on in the post apocalyptic world, perhaps the Clark family will stay at the Ranch for years to come? However, considering Luciana's reluctance to live in the same settlement as Troy, who knows what will happen?
I have a sneaking suspicion that our group could part ways once more. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Either way, Fear The Walking Dead has been tremendously good this season and we can't wait to see what happens next week.
Fear The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.
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