ByBridget Serdock, writer at
A Jedi master, Pokemon training, keyblade wielding, super powered black belt who dabbles in witchcraft and wizardry
Bridget Serdock

Spoilers for the entire first season of Fear the Walking Dead lie below. If you have not finished it yet, make the first legal U-turn. If you have (or just don't care about spoilers), continue straight ahead and you will arrive at your destination.

If you've been watching this lovely show, then you'd know what a slow burn it has been, and how wonderful the season finale was last night. Finally there was some gore, a death in the family, and many, many, many walkers (2,000 to be exact, the 2,000 locked up in that stadium).

The show may have been slow, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. And there was one small detail that I noticed throughout the show that has seemed to be true thus far. And it all surrounds the number 3.

The three musketeers, the three little pigs, the three blind mice, and now the groups of three in Fear

Our group in Fear has somehow managed to stay at a number that is a multiple of three this entire time. Essentially, whenever the group's number is no longer a multiple of three, that means more people will join or someone will die. Even stranger is that the lucky number for the show appears to be nine, meaning there are three groups of three.

First, we had Madison, Alicia, and Nick as one group, another group was Travis, Chris and Liza, and the last group was Daniel, Ofelia, and Griselda. Three groups of three. At first, I thought this might just be a coincidence. But then, things began to change.

Victor Strand, the soldier, and Dr. Bethany Exner seemed to be possible additions to the group. That turned out to not be the case for the latter two, but Strand did join the group.

Before Griselda died, the three newcomers could've joined our group without offsetting the groups of three. But then she died, meaning, either two more people had to die or they had to find one more member. Instead, Dr. Exner and the soldier both died.

Everything was as it should be again. We were back to three groups of three, and they had found a safe house. Err, safe boat.

But everything was not as it should be: Liza was bitten. She was going to die. Thankfully, she made sure she told Madison the truth about the infection, how we all have it, and will all turn no matter how we die. Our group's number went back down to eight, offsetting this theory.

However, there will be a newcomer joining the group rather soon.

If you haven't seen this short little clip yet, you really should. Whether you watch each one as they go or wait until the end to watch it all at once, you should watch this web series.

Flight 462 takes place on a plane during the outbreak, at the same time as Fear. And one of the people on this plane (possibly the only survivor, possibly the only one crazy enough to head out towards the water and finding the group on the boat) will join Season 2 of Fear. Thus bringing our group's number back up to nine.

And though this may seem a little farfetched, the theory has proven true so far. But the number three is pretty important in literature, movies, video games, and even religion:

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • The Three Stooges
  • The three wise men
  • The triforce (Legend of Zelda)
  • The Warriors Three (Thor)
  • The DC Trinity (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman)
  • A genie granting three wishes
  • Darth Vader force choking three of his subordinates (Star Wars Episode V)
  • The dragon has three heads (Game of Thrones)
  • Three starter pokémon

There are plenty more examples than the ones I've already listed above. I could go on for quite some time about this, really.

Despite this, it is quite likely that I'm overthinking this and making mountains out of molehills. However, I want to know what you think.


Is the Groups of Three theory valid?


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