Warning: This article contains spoilers of Season 2, Episode 9 of Fear The Walking Dead. If you've yet to see this episode then stop reading now.
For those of you who found last week's episode of Fear The Walking Dead too slow, then I'm sure you were much more pleased with the latest installment which saw so much action that it was hard to keep track of what was going on with every character. This week, the show expanded its focus beyond Nick and we got to see what Madison, Alicia and Strand were up to. It was a genuinely exciting episode that immersed us, as viewers, in the world of the apocalypse. Before dwelling too much on what comes next, let's take a look back at 5 moments from "Los Muertos" that had us on the edge of our seats.
1. The Wall
Nick's new place of sanctuary appears to have a downside — a playground full of walkers that is only separated by a fence, with a bus for entry in and out of the playground. Nick is shocked to discover that the camp surrender their infected to the walkers as a sacrifice. The episode opened with Nick watching a young man willingly getting devoured by several walkers within the confines of this wall.
At the same time as being worried, Nick sort of understands this idea — remember, he's been searching for a place where the dead are not perceived as monsters and this wall fits into this ideology.
2. Madison's Reveal
Madison and Strand got drunk at the bar and opened up to each other. While getting drunk was probably not the greatest idea the two could've had during an apocalypse, it did provide the writers with a unique opportunity to get Madison to open up, which until now, hasn't really happened. Not only did Madison's southern accent come through, but she revealed her former husband's — Nick and Alicia's father — dark past. As it turns out, he committed suicide. Madison talks of how Nick is very much like his father. It's also interesting that Alicia and Madison's relationship came to light, one could argue that Alicia has almost been neglected over the years because of the amount of effort that looking after Nick required.
The scene was great and Kim Dickens really shone in this episode. Madison is a character full of so much potential and it's great to finally see that potential beginning to be explored.
3. Nick Chances His Arm — Literally
Nick being Nick, he refused to take "no" for an answer when shopping with Luciana and decided to shoplift some unhealthy food. Unfortunately, he was caught by the people in charge of the shopping mall and they threatened to cut off his arm.
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Luciana appeared more terrified than Nick himself and Nick managed to convince the people that his group have the drug that the shop owner's sister so desperately needs. They complied and Nick and Luciana even got a second trolley full of water. This is just another example of how Nick appears to be more at home in the apocalypse than he ever was in the land of the living.
4. It's Raining Dead
Just when you think things can't get any more crazy, the dead start falling from the sky. Alicia and Ofelia explore the inner hallways of the hotel and Alicia then has a shower and when she emerges, Ofelia has vanished. She makes a beeline for the open window when all of a sudden a body falls from the sky.
At first glance, I thought Ofelia had killed herself as she had previously made clear in the episode that she wasn't comfortable surviving anymore, also saying that the human race will lose this fight. However, it wasn't Ofelia that fell from the rooftop of the hotel, it was one of the dead — it's apparent that some of them had heard Madison and Strand playing the piano and thus began to walk off the edges of the building in an attempt to get closer to the noise. As Alicia looked around the complex, she could see many more infected falling to the ground.
5. An Ugly Bar Fight
Following the downpour of infected, Madison and Strand find themselves cornered by the dead. The pair, who had recently become intoxicated, swing into action and attempt to save their lives. Madison and Strand strike several of the dead with broken bottles and attempt to find safety behind the bar, but this sanctuary can only last so long.
Unfortunately, we were left with this image until next week and to be honest, it's going to be difficult for the pair to get out of this situation unscathed. I really enjoyed seeing the real Madison this week and I only hope that her and Strand have more opportunities to kick ass in the future.
Fear The Walking Dead really excelled with "Los Muertos" and it's becoming evident that the two most interesting characters are Madison and Nick. The show continues to come into it's own week on week and I am genuinely excited for next week's installment. I only hope that Madison and Strand make it out of the bar in one piece. And where's Ofelia? We also haven't caught up with Travis or Chris since the mid-season finale. The harsh reality of the the apocalypse was really felt again in this week's episode — nobody is safe — which is something that we, as viewers, often need reminding of.
What was your favorite moment from this week's episode of Fear The Walking Dead? Tell me in the comment section below.