Fear The Walking Dead has delivered on all fronts since the hit series returned to screens earlier this month. The AMC prequel saw the Clark family arrive at the Ranch while fan-favorite Travis met a bitter end during a helipcopter shootout. Additionally, we've seen Strand meet up with his old pal, Dante, who has turned out to be a bit of a tyrant.
Last week's episode saw the return of Daniel Salazar, a character we had presumed was dead after the fire at Celia's house in the second season. Spoilers for the latest episode of Fear follow.
This week's episode focused solely on Daniel; Madison, Nick and Alicia were all absent from the show. Moreover, almost every scene of the episode was in Spanish. Despite the focus on one character, #FearTheWalkingDead delivered one of its strongest hours ever and there was still plenty of drama. Let's take a look at the most shocking moments from the episode:
1. Daniel's Near Death Experience
Instead of picking up from where we left off last week, Fear went way back in time to retrace Daniel's steps since the fire at Celia's house, giving viewers the opportunity to not only see how he survived the fire but also where he's been all this time. Daniel was in agonizing pain as he dragged his burned leg along the lonely highway. He searched for some water, but could only find empty bottles. Things went from bad to worse when he encountered a group of walkers. One of the infected spotted the ailing man and chased him up the path.
Daniel took cover under a nearby vehicle, but the zombie dragged him back out by the foot. It looked like Daniel could've met his maker right there thankfully, a dog started barking which caught the walker's attention. Daniel started to laugh, clearly surprised that he managed to escape death once more — a theme that would continue throughout the episode.
2. Daniel Takes On The Most Terrifying Walker Yet
After being rescued by a man named Efrain, Daniel decided it was time to venture out into the world on his own to find his daughter, Ofelia. The elderly veteran headed out into the stormy night, only to encounter another zombie. Despite his slight limp, Daniel wasted no time in disposing of the walker with a large stick. However, his worries were far from over and he turned around to see a much taller walker heading straight towards him.
Daniel whacked the well-built zombie with the stick, but it shattered right in front of him, causing him to fall to the floor. Daniel didn't know what else to do, so the old man got to his knees and looked into the night sky, saying, "Holy Mary, mother of God," ready to accept his fate. However, in a shocking moment, the walker was hit right in the head by a thunderous bolt of lightening.
We've seen countless walker deaths on both Fear and The Walking Dead, and none of them were as magnificent as this scene. We definitely didn't see that coming, that's for sure.
3. Daniel Turns On Victor Strand
After the show explained Daniel's journey to the dam, we retuned to Strand's cell where Victor Strand discovered that Daniel was still alive. Daniel asked Strand if Ofelia was still alive too, and Strand wasted no time in giving the old man the answer he was hoping for: yes.
Initially, Daniel was delighted, but suddenly the war veteran developed doubts, believing that Strand would say anything to get free. As a result, Daniel came to his own conclusion — Ofelia must be dead. However, as viewers, we know that she's alive and well. It definitely raised questions about Daniel's state of mind and, considering everything that he has been through in the past three seasons, we're pretty sure he has suffered some sort of trauma. Strand pleaded with Daniel for his freedom, but Daniel refused to help, leaving his former accomplice to rot in the cell.
4. Daniel Tortures Efrain
The villainous Dante welecomed Daniel into his fold when he discovered the elderly man's previous history with the military, believing that Daniel's torture methods could come in handy. Towards the end of the episode, it was revealed that the person stealing supplies from Dante was Efrain — the same man who had rescued Daniel from death.
Dante asked Daniel to use his unique torture methods on Efrain and, in an attempt to protect Efrain's wife, Lola, Daniel agreed. Daniel didn't hold back, punching Efrain senseless. Then, he picked up a large hammer, threatening to deliver a blow to the left side of Efrain's head. However, Lola couldn't watch her husband die, so she outed herself as Efrain's accomplise, begging Daniel to stop.
5. Daniel Chooses A Side
As the episode reached its conclusion, Dante took Efrain and his wife to the edge of the dam; it became clear that Daniel was supposed to throw the couple to their deaths. Dante waited as Daniel prepared Lola for the drop but he hesitated — something that Dante spotted.
After a moment of deliberation, Daniel couldn't do it. Instead, he attacked Dante's guards, tossing them off the ledge and straight into a pile of walkers. Daniel then pointed his weapon at Dante and shot him right in the head. It was a heart-stopping moment and we were delighted to see Daniel do the right thing.
Daniel turned to face Lola, a look of regret in his eyes. He gave her the weapon and asked her to forgive him, before bowing his head. However, instead of shooting him, Lola offered the war veteran her hand; Daniel had been granted the forgiveness he'd been seeking throughout the episode. Maybe there is hope for humanity after all.
As the spinoff series continues to take viewers further into the zombie apocalypse, it's becoming clearer that there are very few people left that our survivors can actually trust — Strand learned that the hard way when Dante double-crossed him. During this week's episode, Fear The Walking Dead was able to do some necessary world-building but managed to keep it entertaining at the same time, unlike its parent show.
Let's just hope Fear continues to thrive because, at this rate, it's going to dethrone The Walking Dead as the greatest zombie show on television.
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