Happy Days For The Clarks
Episode 2 of Fear the Walking Dead opens with happy music and everyone waking up in comfy beads. So, of course, we know this is immediately going to go to shit. However, AMC surprises us by making us have to wait a bit.
CF: You can’t have too many nice things in the zombie apocalypse.
For those of you who were concerned about where Madison was at the end of the Season 4 premiere episode of Fear the Walking Dead, she is present now and the leader of an awesome group that resides in a stadium. It is perfect, there are vegetables growing and water being collected and they are taking in new members.In fact, they have taken in a little kid called Charlie (Alexa Nisenson) and she is following Nick (Frank Dillane) around like a lost puppy while he tries to work out why his turnips are dying — see, things are already going wrong. Although, to be honest, before we find out Charlie’s name, I kinda wondered if this was a younger Enid (Katelyn Nacon).
Also, about Nick, you know how he was all about walking among the undead back in previous seasons of Fear the Walking Dead? Well, something has happened between the Season 3 finale and now that has caused his to be shit scared of anywhere outside of the Diamond. We don’t know why, only that Madison (Kim Dickens) found him–found everyone actually–and now he is a farmer.
Madison decides she is going to look for Charlie’s family since the kid seems pretty traumatized. They head in the general direction indicated by Charlie and come to the town where they think Charlie was at when she was separated from her family.
CF: The general layout of The Diamond and how it is run was such a great thing to see. Rather than have a community right there ready made for them, they built it from scratch. Great organization. Already you see Madison is a far better leader than–who’s that crazy guy back east?
RT: Yeah, Rick should come looking for Morgan, see how leadership done right looks like. Oh, hang on, never mind, Rick needs to stay far, far away because Utopias always get fucked up when Rick shows up.
CF: At this point if Rick encountered Madison, she’d probably kill Rick inside of 48 hours. It’s likely she’d start sizing him up for a bullet right away.
RT: Haha! I totally agree.When the Dead Don’t Walk in a Town, Neither Should the Living
It is like a ghost town. And, one that not even the undead seem happy to wander around in. Of course, it’s been branded by whichever group likes to write numbers on sheets. This, in my opinion, is not a good sign.
They find the location of an explosion and assume Charlie is now an orphan until Madison notices an empty can that could only have been placed there after the explosion, so they go looking for the owner.
The owner–who is Jenna Elfman playing a character called Naomi–is one step in front, though, and pulls a gun on them. Madison, using her guidance counsellor mojo tries to talk the woman down. Instead, the pair ends up falling through the roof of one of the giant tanks surrounding the bomb zone and into a murky pool of the undead.
CF: A murky pool of oil and whatever other crap was down there. I know they didn’t use real oil, but it couldn’t have been a good day shooting for Kim and Jenna.
RT: What ever it was looked revolting. I am surprised neither of them were gagging and vomiting. Could you imagine the smell?
CF: We didn’t see the outtakes, so I’m sure they had some unpleasant times. And the water was probably cold.Luckily, Madison had managed to signal to Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), Strand (Colman Domingo), and Luciana (Danay Garcia), so they have headed over and use brunt force to get the door open to the tank. For one hairy moment, it looks like Madison is a walker but–surprise–she’s okay.
Meanwhile, back at the Diamond, Nick is getting worried his mum hasn’t returned. He can also hear music in the distance. No one else really seems to care and Nick has to enlist Charlie to help him break out.
It takes all of three seconds for Nick driving outside the Diamond to have a massive anxiety attack and he immediately crashes his car. Luck for him, Madison has chosen this point to return and they can help him safely back inside.
CF: Seeing him drive out and have flash backs to the dam blowing at the end of Season 3, I really want to know what happened to leave him with PTSD that bad. I’m also certain we’re going to discover Daniel died and he ended up on his own.
RT: Oh, good theory! It’s killing me to know why Nick is all messed up at the moment. Although, according to the synopsis for Episode 3 (below), Morgan and Madison are going to help Nick out. Not so sure how helpful Crazy Morgan will be though once he realises he left the Virginian Saviors to meet up with the Texan Saviors…
CF: Yeah, but the biggest different is there isn’t going to be a dick measuring contest with the Saviors in Texas. Maddie ain’t got time for that shit.
We find out now that Naomi is a nurse who trained in the ER and ICU. Seriously, is this the best person ever to be picked up in Walking Dead history?
CF: Doctors, nurses, EMTs. You want those people all the time.
While Madison is trying to convince Naomi to stay, a new group turns up outside and shit hits the fan.The Vultures Want ALL of Your Shit
In true passive aggressive style that only baddies like Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) can pull off, the leader of this group, Mel, tells Madison that they can hand over all of their stuff or they will just sit around outside until they die. And, hey, they know exactly how much stuff they have got inside the Diamond because Charlie is a little snitch and has told them everything when Nick wasn’t keeping an eye on his walkie talkie.
This new group goes by the name of the Vultures we find out at the end of Episode 2 of Fear the Walking Dead and I suddenly wonder if Mel has a musical background.
Madison won’t give up anything and returns inside to continue building a room for Charlie because she seems to believe the little girl belongs with them.
CF: The moment I saw Mel I hated him. He’s nothing more than Negan lite, roaming the wastelands like he’s the Leader of the Humungus in Mad Max II. Which is to say he’s an asshole.
RT: I saw him referred to as Walmart Negan on Twitter and that is how I shall always know him now 😉
CF: But, the meeting between Mel and Madison once more showed the sort of leader Madison has become. Mel’s doing his “I’m gonna take your shit or starve you out” bullshit and Madison just lets him mansplain away, then finally tells him, “We’re not going anywhere.” No threats, no posturing, just confidence. Now, another leader–say, one out east–he’d have probably postured right back then came up with another of his disastrous Plans(tm) that would end up fucking everyone in the end. I have a feeling when Madison unloads on this guy, he won’t know what hit him.Flash Forward to Morgan’s Group
While we were all wondering about Madison’s group while watching the premiere episode of Fear the Walking Dead Season 4, in this episode we have all been wondering when Morgan’s group will make another appearance.
They turn up with just enough time for Alicia’s group to suspect they are members of the Vultures because they have one of their numbered sheets. In return, Althea (Maggie Grace) is mostly interested in finding out more about Alicia’s group because she wants everyone’s story. I am also guessing Morgan is wishing he had stayed behind in Virginia rather than find another group that wants everyone’s stuff.
Episode 2 of Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 concludes with Morgan’s group agreeing to show Alicia’s group where they found the flag.
Of course, all I want to know is what the fuck happened to Madison? Why isn’t she with Alicia’s group now?
However, viewers will have to tune into further episodes to find out this answer.
CF: Based upon what Al said at the end of Episode 1, those flag have been popping up for a couple of weeks. So “Now” is probably two weeks after the siege began. And likely ended.
RT: Good catch!
What did you think of Episode 2 of Fear the Walking Dead Season 4? Let us know by commenting below!
Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday, April 29, at 9 p.m. ET. Zap2It lists the following synopsis for Episode 3 (titled “Good Out Here”).
“Madison and Morgan try to help Nick find inner peace; a quest for revenge exacts its toll on the group.”
[Featured image via Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC]