Following a good, but not excellent season premiere, I know that many Walking Dead universe fans were apprehensive about what Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead would bring. However in the following seven weeks the show has only grown in leaps and bounds. providing audiences with a captivating storyline, interesting characters, and most importantly for some fans: very few cliffhangers.
Episode 7, 'Shiva' was the mid-season finale for Season 2 and it really went in a crazy direction. Travis and Nick ended up together in the hills of Mexico, Nick was last seen walking among walkers, and Daniel seems to have been burned alive. Meanwhile Strand finally showed his loyalty to the group as he, Madison, Alicia and Ofelia fled the estate back to the Abigail.
The episode was absolutely jam packed with action, and as a mid-season finale it really delivered. But with so much happening in "Shiva" did you manage to take it all in? Take a look at the five things you (might) have missed in this weeks episode of Fear the Walking Dead, "Shiva."
1. The episode title ("Shiva") was really clever
Shout out to Redditor MelodyMyst for pointing this little nugget out!
The episode title most likely refers to this:
Shiva (Hebrew: שבעה, literally "seven") is the week-long mourning period in Judaism for first-degree relatives: father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, and spouse. The ritual is referred to as "sitting shiva."
The whole episode is about mourning.
Totally on point! And not only that but "Shiva" was indeed the seventh episode of Season 2.
In addition to being a reference to the ritual of sitting shiva, the title could also be a reference to one of the three major deities of Hinduism. In Hinduism, "Shiva's role is to destroy the universe in order to re-create it." Considering we saw the whole estate burned to the ground in this episode (which has to be symbolizing the destruction of the old world), I'd say that either meaning (or possibly both) could have been the influence for the title.
2. The apocalypse is finally taking a toll on mental states
Almost out of nowhere it seemed like half our team lost their minds in this episode, but was it really so unexpected?
At this point we're just over three weeks into the apocalypse, which is about the time that I would suspect that the reality of the situation is really setting in for our characters. Sure, we've lost quite a few characters (Griselda, Liza and even Luis), but after scrambling to get to safety, only to learn that Mexico is just as dangerous as the US, this seems like it would be the make or break point for many people. After all, think about what the group have just endured: Their first safe haven, the Clark house, proved to be too dangerous, life on the Abigail also had it's own hazards and now the Abigail estate, which many thought could be their safe zone, was also to be too good to be true.
For Daniel and Chris the combination of the deaths of loved ones, and the ongoing pressure of living in the apocalypse became too much, and for Daniel at least it looks like he let it totally consume him. Will Chris succumb to the same fate, or will Travis be able to bring his son back from the brink?
3. Some of the group is more bonded than ever before
By the end of the episode our group seemed to be scattered in several directions with Travis and Chris are somewhere together in the hills, and Nick remaining near the burning estate. But despite this split, it was also pretty heartening to see the rest of group really coming together for the first time.
Madison and Strand spent most of Season 2 dueling, with Strand only allowing her and her family onboard due to Nick's insistence. However at the end of 'Shiva' Strand chose to return to the group instead of fleeing on his own. Not only that but he was truly looking out for Madison at the end of the episode, knowing that it was a futile effort to try and change Nick's mind. If this new sense of camaraderie continues into the second half of season 2, then Strand and Madison could form a formidably leadership duo, the likes of which could definitely rival the Ricktatorship. Bringing us to point number 4:
4. Madison is making the big calls
After seeing Connor and his group earlier in the season, motherly Celia was a very different kind of threat, but a threat all the same. Luckily Madison was one to realize that Celia and her belief about the walkers was seriously deluded and dangerous, and locked her inside the cage filled with her "children," probably dooming her to violent death.
While there's no doubt this was cold as fuck, it was also totally necessary considering this was a woman poisoning whole groups of people and then collecting their reanimated corpses. Madison's actions show that the former high school guidance counselor is really proving that she's a worthy leader of the group, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is developed more when the show returns for Season 2b in August.
5. Are Celia and Daniel really dead?
We all know that unless you see a body, you can't be 100 percent sure that a character is actually dead (Merle and Glenn immediately spring to mind...), and I can't help but think that Celia and Daniel might also make a reappearance at some point in the future.
Admittedly things look a little bleaker for Daniel, who seemed to pretty much lost his mind in the finale, however I think it'd be silly to count Celia out just yet. Redditor constituent even theorized that Celia could have made her escape from the cellar via a drain in the floor, not to mention there was also the chute that the estate workers were throwing animals down to feed the walkers. What do you think, are Daniel and Celia undead meat, or will we see them at another point in time?
Fear the Walking Dead returns with the second half of Season 2 in August.
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