It’s penultimate time on Fear the Walking Dead and after two weeks away here we are about to get down to some hard truths about what happened between The Diamond and The Vultures.
Or are we?
Time to Throw Down:
But first, lets have a trip down memory land as we see John (Garret Dillahunt) and Naomi (Jenna Elfman) together again–
Before we bust back to The Now and John lays there with a sucking chest wound while The Three Amigos and The Vultures shoot the fuck out of each other, with Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), Strand (Colman Domingo), and Lucinda (Danay Garcia) getting the upper hand. Vultures are dying left and right and Mel (Kevin Zegers) tells everyone they can’t win and he runs to the ambulance to split. Naomi tells Morgan (Lennie James) John will die soon if he doesn’t get help. All she needs to do is get the supplies from the ambulance–
Which Alicia blows up with a grenade launcher.
In the meantime Lucinda gets Charlie (Alexa Nisenson) in her sights and I wonder for a moment if AMC is really gonna show a kid getting blown away on TV, but a Vulture comes up and Lucy shoots him, allowing Charlie to get away.
Naomi says there’s medical supplies somewhere else and they need to go there. Morgan gets Al (Maggie Grace) to stop filming and drive, and he grabs Charlie on the way. They load into the SWAT Wagon and head for–the stadium? Yep, that’s where the supplies are, even though the place fell. While the rest of the Vultures are killed off–and Mel, who survived being blown up, is coldly murdered by Alicia in a way that would make Rick Grimes wince–we learn that the reason the stadium fell–
It’s all Charlie’s fault.
The Boring Shit In Between:
And I do mean that. Really, just sort of tuned out at this point because it was about ten minutes worth of this stretched into forty-five. It’s like this.
Charlie shows up and says Mel crashed the bus, he needs help. Madison (Kim Dickens) gets him, brings him back, gives help.
Mel gets better, wants to leave. Says his brother is gonna make the stadium fall.
Strand and Cole go out and discover all the areas The Vultures stashed zombies–they’re empty. The Vultures now have a few thousand zombies they’re trucking around, and they ain’t afraid to use them.
RT: Okay, so I totally vagued out too and missed this nugget of information.
CF: I’ll admit after a long day of learning how to protest correctly, I was only half-paying attention myself, which says there wasn’t a shit-load going on if I could still put together a recap with only half my mind on the episode.
Mel wants to leave; he wants to take Charlie. Madison gives him a car and a radio, tells him to get the fuck out.
Charlie’s worried Mel won’t make it out there; Alicia and Nick (Frank Dillane) feel the same way after Mel stops responding on the radio. They go after him.
They find him and see the zombie convoy heading towards the stadium.
The Vultures get to the stadium, unload the oil-covered zombies, set them on fire, turn them loose.
Alicia and Nick get back to the parking lot, say, “Sorry, Mom. We had to go get the bad guy,” and the pickup Alicia, Nick, and Mel are in is surrounded by zombie.
Madison says fuck it and goes outside to get her dumbass kids.And for the first time I didn’t really give a fuck about what was going on ’cause it felt like padding. But that’s okay now, ’cause…
Honey, We’re Home:
The SWAT Wagon arrives at the Stadium, which looks kinda fucked up. The gates are locked. Naomi swears medical supplies are inside ’cause she set up an infirmary (she did this after telling Madison the Stadium would fall, using the lines that’s the title of the episode) and Al drive through, breaking down the gates–
Only to find a couple of thousand zombies milling about the place.
RT: For a moment, as the fog clears, the optimist in me actually fist-pumped because I thought the stadium was functional still and those walkers were workers. Then I realized and got shitty because we still don’t know what happened to Madison. Plus, I NEED to know if John Dorie makes it!
CF: I really hoped that no one would be inside. But here’s the thing: who DID lock those gates? If everyone died, then someone came back and locked the zombies in. Was it the Clarks and Strand? Or Madison. Goddamn, tell us!
And I have to know if John lives. I’ll be pissed if he dies
RT: I wondered that too! I figure the gates had to be locked prior to the Vultures leaving. Otherwise, they would know someone was still in there. However, how, and when, did it happen?
CF: The easy answer is, “Madison did it.” I mean, they HAVE to tell us what happened to her. They have to. This would be the biggest fucking cliffhanger if we go all summer not knowing.
Next week is the mid-season finale, No One’s Gone. Here is the synopsis for the episode:
Madison fights to preserve the life she worked so hard to build; Morgan tries to do the right thing..
As always, leave a comment and tell us what you think!
Madison Clark — Kim Dickens
Alicia Clark — Alycia Debnam-Carey
Victor Strand — Colman Domingo
Lucinda Galvez — Danay Garcia
Naomi — Jenna Elfman
Nick Clark — Frank Dillane
Althea — Maggie Grace
John Dorie — Garret Dillahunt
Morgan Jones — Lennie James
Charlie — Alexa Nisenson
Mel — Kevin Zegers
Fear the Walking Dead airs Sunday on AMC, 9 PM EDT.