We're almost halfway through the third season of post-apocalyptic series Fear The Walking Dead, and the drama isn't slowing down any time soon for our survivors. The series, which is a spinoff of the globally successful The Walking Dead, has been on a roll as of late, with even the most hardcore Walking Dead fans showing their allegiance for the spinoff.
After the events of last week's episode found Madison, Troy and the other ranch soldiers encounter Walker — a new villainous antagonist — the troop of warriors returned to their home. They informed the other ranch settlers about Walker's demands. It was another thrilling #FTWD instalment so let's take a look at the five biggest moments. Spoilers follow.
1. Madison And Troy Return To The Ranch
After Walker stole the Ranch settlers' shoes in last week's episode, Madison, Troy and the others were forced to return home without any footwear. As a result, the group slowly stumbled home, resembling a herd of walkers. Nick spotted his mother from the distance and immediately headed towards her. As he arrived, Madison collapsed in his arms, her feet unable to take the pain any longer.
Troy tried to take control of the situation, intending to speak to Jeremiah about Walker's threat in private, but Mike was having none of it. Mike blurted out Walker's demands to the entire settlement, immediately causing panic as a worried Jeremiah looked on.
2. Jake And Troy Fight As Vernon Leaves
After word spread about Walker's threat to take back the land, settlers of the ranch started worrying and some even thought about leaving. Among the deserters was Vernon, one of the Otto Ranch's founding fathers — and actual father to Mike and Gretchen.
Although a tired Jeremiah allowed them to leave (against Madison's wishes), Troy refused to let the family abandon the ranch as, like Madison, he believed it would set a bad example if one of the leaders were to depart. Troy stood at the gate, refusing to let the RV go through, and Jake quickly tried to put an end to the scene Troy was causing.
Troy and Jake got into a fight, with Troy delivering the final blow before Jeremiah headed over to his hotheaded son and gave him a right fist of his own. The older man fell back, injuring his hand as Vernon and his family finally left the ranch, an upset Gretchen waving goodbye to Alicia.
3. Jeremiah Loses It
Unable to cope with Vernon's departure, Jeremiah resorted to extreme methods to avoid the problems at hand: he started drinking profusely. The old man, who had been complaining of migraines, took hold of Nick's gun and, after drunkenly pointing it at a scared Nick, shot three bullets straight into the floor, signifying the end of his friendship with the Otto Ranch's founding fathers — two of whom had been killed by Walker and the other being Vernon.
Jeremiah immediately apologized for scaring Nick and gave him his weapon back before heading over to the bed and falling asleep.
4. Madison, Nick And Jeremiah Find Vernon, Mike And Gretchen
The following morning, Jeremiah discovered Vernon's horse; the animal had seemingly returned to the Ranch. This spooked the old man, who was certain Vernon would have never let go of his animal and, as a result, he partnered with Madison and Nick, as he headed off to find Vernon. It didn't take long for the threesome to stumble upon Vernon's RV and, as they got closer, they saw three bullet holes in the windshield.
Jeremiah headed inside the vehicle to discover Vernon and his wife — both of whom had become zombies. After putting them out of their misery, he headed around the back of the vehicle with Nick and Madison to discover Gretchen, also a zombie, chomping on a living horse. Madison struggled to put the young girl out of her misery, knowing that she was the same age as Alicia.
In the end, Nick shot the final bullet, killing zombie Gretchen in an instant.
5. Troy's Revelation
Although Madison was somewhat on the fence about who really killed Vernon, Mike and Gretchen, Nick was adamant Troy was responsible. Regardless, Madison used the murder as a reason to convince the ranch settlers to stay and fight, telling her captive audience that it was Walker who killed their friends.
Before the credits rolled on the episode, Madison headed over to Troy — and the young man admitted that, while he didn't set out to kill them, he did murder Gretchen, Mike and Vernon. Madison pleaded with Troy to step up and become the leader that she believes him to be, and asked him if he could control his anger. Troy confirmed that he could and Madison headed off, a look of uncertainty on her face.
It's hard to believe that next week's two-hour instalment of Fear The Walking Dead will serve as the mid-season finale. It seems like we've only just got the hit show back and now its leaving us already, but one could argue that it's clever on AMC's part.
The show has been receiving a lot of praise for its pacing and storylines this season and it's probably better that they don't overdo it like they did with The Walking Dead last season. Additionally, this break will avoid the hit show clashing with TV juggernaut Game Of Thrones, which returns to screens in two weeks.
With the imminent threat of Walker looming over the residents of the Otto Ranch, we're pretty sure that the mid-season finale will be action-packed. Let's just hope we don't have to bid farewell to any lead characters, as we're only just recovering from Travis's death. Either way, we're in for one hell of a showdown.
The mid-season finale of Fear The Walking Dead will air next Sunday at 9/8c.
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