Despite Strand’s best efforts to leave everyone behind, Madison’s struggle with saving others continues when they come across a survivalist family with two small children in this episode of ‘Fear The Walking Dead.’
On the April 17 episode of Fear The Walking Dead, Madison (Kim Dickens) desperately tries to save the lives of a family who have been living in seclusion for much longer than the zombie apocalypse. Meanwhile, Daniel (Ruben Blades) uncovers a piece of the puzzle that is their yacht captain, Victor Strand (Colman Domingo).
We are very quickly reminded that the water is not safe from walkers as not one, but two float onto a beach and scramble to their feet at the sound of two adorable children collecting shells in the sand. There are no adults in sight, and the kids seem totally oblivious to the walkers until they slam right into a chain link fence. It’s unclear if the fence was put up to secure the beach from water walkers or if it just so happened to be there already, but the kids quickly rush back to wherever they came from so that they don’t get in trouble. Hmm.
Back on the boat Travis reveals that San Diego has been burned to a crisp by the military, just like Los Angeles was as they were leaving. He found this out by reading the log book from the shipwreck they discovered in the previous episode, the one that Strand believes was caused by Jack, the guy Alicia made “friends” with over the walkie-talkie. Travis and Madison quickly deliver this news to Strand and the others, but the captain is much more concerned about the “larger vessel” that has been following them through the ocean. Strand comes up with the idea that they can lose their stalkers by getting close to land, so they decide on a cove that also happens to be a wildlife refuge.
They dock the yacht at night, which is an immediate red flag that this was a bad idea. Strand refuses to leave the yacht, so Salazar decides that he and his daughter will stay with him to make sure he doesn’t bail. Salazar is the most suspicious of Strand, and it’s starting to show more and more as this season goes on.
Travis, Madison, Nick, Chris, and Alicia head out into the land to see what they can find. As they were docking a house kept turning it’s lights on and off, so Madison seems hopeful there is something or someone out there. They eventually find what appears to be a house, possibly where the wildlife refuge employees worked, and Travis doesn’t hesitate to approach it. The little boy from the beach in the opening scene comes running out of the front door, and then an older man who might be his father follows after and demands he come back inside. A woman and the young girl appear behind the man, and he explains that the little boy is just excited to see people because it’s been a while. He and Travis introduce themselves and shake hands, and soon enough they are (hesitantly) welcomed inside the home.
Travis Learns It’s Not Just California
George tells Travis that he’s been in touch with other ranger stations, and that they’ve been bombing the entire west coast from Vancouver to San Diego. He also reveals that Mexico closed it’s borders, and there’s no way in or out any more. This is a devastating blow to Travis because that means there is literally nowhere to go. It’s also the first time he’s learning that this isn’t just a California thing, it’s an entire world thing. George says that the “interior” of the country knows best what’s going on, but that everyone he’s been in touch with from Colorado to Utah has gone dark.
Meanwhile, Madison and George’s wife are bonding in the kitchen, making what looks like snacks or dinner for everyone else. They are chatting about what they used to do for work, their kids, and other small talk when a strapping teenager walks in the room with a massive gun on his shoulder. His name is Seth, he’s their oldest, and he’s concerned about his mom — likely because there are strangers in the house. Once he sees everything is good in the house, he grabs a flashlight and heads out into the darkness all alone. He’s totally creepy.
Nick bonds with the little boy, Harry, and learns that he knows a lot more than he probably should. When Harry brings Nick to his room, he introduces him to all of his toy dolls who have red marks on their foreheads. Nick asks what that means, and Harry explains that it’s what “has to happen” now when “people get sick.” He also tells Nick that as long as he takes his “power pills” he and his family will stay together. So, what are his parents feeding him that they call power pills? Hopefully, Nick finds out.
Later, Alicia finds Nick awake on deck and he tells her he can’t sleep because he’s thinking about the kids. He tells her they’ve seen more than they should have, and that their lives will never be right because of what’s going on. Madison also tells Travis that she thinks George’s wife turned the lights on on purpose so that someone would see and come find them. She thinks the woman wants to leave the island, which George told Travis is something that they’ve never done.
The next morning Chris follows Seth to the beach where he does what he calls “maintenance.” Basically, he uses an axe to kill the walkers that have come to the fence. He lets Chris have a whack at it, and it’s no surprise that the angsty teen who just lost his mom kills every last one of them like a pro. During their time together, Seth tells Chris that he and his family have been preparing for this their whole lives.
Madison Tries To Take The Kids & Run
This leads us back to Melissa, the mother, who Madison finally confronts about the whole turning on the lights situation. Melissa finally confesses that she was hoping someone would show that could take her two little ones away from there so that they would stand a chance. Madison takes this to Travis, who is not thrilled at the idea of taking another man’s children — especially when said man is just trying to do the very same thing Travis is by protecting his family. Madison doesn’t hesitate to pull the “do it for me” card, so Travis agrees to talk to George about it. Probably a bad idea, buddy.
As all of this is going on, Daniel finally gets a chance to raid Strand’s captain’s deck. He discovers a safe inside a bench, picks it, and then finds the mother load: Strand has been hiding military very guns, as well as maps with specific coordinates on them. We quickly cut to Strand who is holed up in an empty room and on the call with an unknown person. He tells the person he’ll meet them at sundown no matter what, and slowly but surely we are putting the pieces of Strand’s mystery agenda together.
After Nick finds a bag of pills he believes to be poison — possibly the “power pills” the boy was talking about earlier — he tells Madison and Travis he thinks that George is going to kill his whole family. This is enough to sway Travis into taking the kids, so they return to the house to get them from Melissa. George walks in just as she is passing off their luggage, and then the little boy comes running downstairs because his sister, Willa, is sick. The parents run upstairs to see what’s wrong, but when Nick asks Harry what happened he says that Willa “took her pill.” Damn.
Willa is dead by the time her mother gets to her, and as Melissa cradles the little girl in her arms she comes back to life. Sort of. With dead eyes the little girl says, “mom,” then proceeds to attack her mother like the little walker monster she is. George tells Travis and Madison to run and take Harry with them, but stays behind… presumably to die with his family.
Once they get the little boy on the yacht Strand flips out and demands they put him back where he came from as if he were a material object. Madison refuses and puts up a good fight, at least until Seth boards the boat with a rifle and demands to have his little brother returned to him. Madison tells him what happened but he doesn’t care, he wants to follow the plan his father laid out for them.
They finally hand over Harry and both boys get off the boat only to find their dead mother walking down the boardwalk towards them. Seth tells the little boy to wave goodbye to their friends on the yacht, and when the boy isn’t looking he shoots their mother dead. The last thing we see as they continue to pull away is the two boys standing over their mother’s dead body.
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