Well, well, well what an action-packed episode! After a shaky first episode of Season 2, Fear the Walking Dead is now on a definite winning streak, with Episode 4 "Blood in the Streets" absolutely smashing it out of the water (as it were).
After theorizing about Strand since the mystery man first graced our screens back in Season 1, we finally got a look into his backstory in Episode 4. As it turns out, Strand was as interesting as we thought, learning that he started a scheme stealing credit cards after his investment properties in New Orleans were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. However, eventually his past caught up with him, which led to a partnership and then relationship with businessman Thomas Abigail.
But aside from learning about Strand, back on the boat the shit totally hit the fan with Alicia's past catching up with her and taking the crew of the Abigail hostage. There was lots that happened during the episode and I don't blame you if you missed more than a couple of moment — that's where I come in! Take a look at four things you might have missed in Fear the Walking Dead Episode 4, "Blood in the Streets."
1. Zombie fetuses were revisited!
Some fans of The Walking Dead have recently been theorizing that Maggie's mystery illness in the show might in fact be her zombie-fied fetus eating her from the inside out.
While this theory is (sadly) totally unrealistic (Maggie's baby doesn't even have properly developed hands or finger nails yet, let alone teeth), that didn't stop a quick-thinking Madison from bringing it up to the very-pregnant Vida. While Madison's theory was just a distraction technique so Vida wouldn't catch Daniel loosening his binds, I still thought it was a nice tip of the hat to the similar theory fans have had since Maggie fell ill in The Walking Dead.
2. Is Strand really in love with Thomas?
One of the big revelations in this episode was that Strand was gay. While it may have been hinted at at the start of Episode 4, prior to this I doubt that any one else had any sort of inkling that Strand had a boyfriend.
However, as stereotype-breaking as it would be to have a masculine, gay, black character in the series (similar to Omar in The Wire), I also have a feeling that Strand may have just been using his partner, Thomas to get ahead in life — much like he does with many people in his life.
As we already saw in Season 1, Strand didn't hesitate to bribe the guards inside the military base to ensure his protection (he bribed them into leaving Nick inside the pen so Nick could help him escape). And in "Blood in the Streets" it seemed as though he possibly started his relationship with Thomas to ensure the man didn't call the authorities on him after Strand stole his credit cards. Not to mention that a relationship with Thomas has also helped Strand business-wise, after his housing investments were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Under the current conditions there's no doubt that it's in Strand's best interest to keep up his relationship with Thomas, because failure to do so could mean that he is denied access to the compound in Baja, and possible death. While I'd love to think Strand's in it for love, I can't help but suspect otherwise. What do you think?
3. Alicia has learned from her mistake and is biding her time
Oh Alicia, of course this was going to come back and bite you in the ass.
After giving away the Abigail's location in the first episode of Season 2, Alicia's mystery radio man, Jack, made a return to the show when he and his buddies held the crew of the Abigail hostage. But despite the rest of the pirate gang acting like total dicks, Jack proved he had some sort of soft spot for Alicia when he invited her to join their group along with Travis.
However I wouldn't be so sure it'll be all smooth sailing for Jack's group once Alicia boards that boat. While we haven't really seen Alicia change very much since the walker outbreak, now that she's been ripped away from her mom, and has no clue where her brother is, I'd say we're about to see a rapid transformation. With Travis at her side, hopefully in Episode 5 the duo become a force to be reckoned with.
4. Jesse McCartney was a guest star!
Who else spent almost the whole episode thinking that they knew the character Reed from some other place? Well, it turns out we do! Reed was played by actor and singer Jesse McCartney. You might remember McCartney from the mid-2000s when he appeared in the TV series Summerland and was all over our airwaves with his hit song "Beautiful Soul."
Fear the Walking Dead returns with Episode 5, "Captive" on Sunday, May 8.