The second episode of ‘Fear The Walking Dead’s third season was a real doozy, with the loss of a major character, another one’s life hanging on by a thread, and a brand new but totally suspect place to inhabit.
The second episode of Fear The Walking Dead‘s season three starts off with a horrific twist. Just as Jake’s (Sam Underwood) helicopter is getting ready to land at the so-called sanctuary he’s taking Travis (Cliff Curtis), Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Luciana (Danay Garcia) to, someone starts shooting at them. They get hit multiple times, but it’s Travis who gets shot in the neck. He unbuckles himself and opens the helicopter door to jump, but Alicia rushes over to stop him. That’s when he reveals he also has a nasty abdomen injury, likely from the massive battle with the infected he had earlier, and so Alicia lets him go. We watch as he falls out of the helicopter into the darkness below them and just like that, he’s gone. Jake rushes from the cockpit to bring Alicia back to safety but she’s devastated by what she just witnessed. As far as everyone on that helicopter is concerned, Travis is dead.
Suddenly we’re back in Mexico at the resort where we left Victor (Colman Domingo). The resort is once again overrun with people begging to be let inside, including older gentlemen and a young pregnant girl. Elena (Karen Bethzabe) turns them down but eventually they manage to grab hold of her and her nephew. That’s when Victor shows up and lies to the people, tells them he’s a doctor, and allows them inside. He promises to help them, which is bizarre since he’s not a doctor, but they fall for it. Elena and her people aren’t happy about it but it doesn’t matter, he saved them and therefore they don’t have a choice but to listen to him. “Doctor” Strand does pretty well until it’s time to deliver the baby. He hesitates and even refuses to help claiming he’s not a “baby doctor”, but with everyone relying on him and the father of the baby threatening his life he eventually has no choice but to start helping.
When we catch up with Madison (Kim Dickens) and Nick (Frank Dillane) they arrive at the sanctuary Jake promised them with Troy (Daniel Sharman) and his convoy. Of course when they get there they find out that Jake never showed up, and so Troy forces them to wait outside the gate before he goes in to speak to his father. Nick thinks that they should go look for them but Madison talks him out of it. When they embrace Nick realizes she has a gun stuffed into the back of her pants, and she tells him she stole it while they were traveling with the convoy. She also tells him that no one is getting in between her and her family ever again, and she’ll kill anyone who tries. Nice. While they wait Nick tells Madison there is no need for them to stay at this place once everyone else shows up. Madison disagrees and reminds him that Luciana still needs medical attention, so Nick says they can stay long enough for her to get better and then it’s time go to.
Madison & Nick’s Warm Welcome
Before the conversation can be finished an older man walks out and offers Madison coffee. He asks Madison about her husband, Travis, on the helicopter and after some small talk asks her if there’s any reason why Travis would have hijacked the copter. Madison is obviously offended by the accusation but tells him that no, there isn’t, and that because her daughter, Alicia, was on the helicopter that Travis would have done anything to make sure it arrived safely to it’s destination. The man, Russell, sees how upset Madison is and tells her that he had to ask because his son, Jake, is on the helicopter. That’s when we learn this is Troy and Jake’s dad, and Madison realizes it, too. Madison introduces him to Nick and the man finally lets them inside. He shows them around and even brings them to their very own bunker, which is where Madison finally thanks him.
Inside Nick throws a fit about how Madison is being so polite to this man. Then he reveals that he’s blaming himself for all of this, because if he hadn’t led Luciana to the border she wouldn’t have been shot. And if Madison hadn’t been looking for him she wouldn’t have gotten caught up with the military base and Troy. That’s why he’s freaking out and so on edge, which explains a lot. Madison begs Nick to take a breath and just nod and smile throughout this all, but he just can’t do it. This feels like a recipe for disaster.
We return to where Alicia and Jake are they’ve settled in for a night of camping. Alicia asks what is going to happen to her family when they get to wherever they are going, and he promises that they will be safe. He promises that he can control Troy and keep an eye on him when he’s close like that. As they continue talking Jake’s god-sister whistles that there’s trouble, so he hands her a gun and tells her the way back to the ranch just in case. He goes off to help his god-sister but runs into trouble and gets attacked by three infected. Alicia saves his life as he’s being attacked, and that’s when they find the god-sister was the infected’s dinner just a few feet away. Jake takes Alicia’s gun and she leaves him alone to do what he needs to do.
Victor Gets A Surprise
Back at the resort we find out that Strand delivered the baby safe and sound. It went so well that the mother wants to name the baby after him, which is apparently Mexican custom according to Elena. Despite the safe birth, Elena tells Strand it’s time for him to go. They don’t even offer him a vehicle to take, but Hector has one more job for Victor before he goes: Ilene (Brenda Strong). As you might remember, Ilene is the mother of the bride who was killed during an attack by the infected at the start of the apocalypse. In season two she locked herself in the bridal suite and we haven’t seen her since. Victor goes in her room to try and convince her to eat so she won’t die and turn on everyone. He seems to appeal to her, but after a heartfelt moment she turns and walks right out onto the balcony and jumps without any warning. But before her death she gave him a gift: the keys to a brand new car.
Meanwhile, Jake and Alicia finally make it to the ranch with Luciana. The problem? Luciana is unconscious and has been for hours. On top of that, Alicia has the unlucky job of telling her mother, Madison, that Travis isn’t coming back. While Madison reels from that news Nick comes running to see Luciana, but the man checking her vitals tells him that she likely can’t hear him. Troy strolls over and says she’s not going to make it and that they can’t help her because it’s “against policy”, so he pulls out his gun and points it right at Luciana’s head despite Nick’s pleas. Finally Nick asks Troy if he can be the one to do it, to let her go, because she was his girlfriend after all. Troy hands over the gun and just as Nick starts to tear up he sees Luciana move on her own. After a breath Nick turns and points the gun directly at Troy and demands they let her in. Madison begs Nick not to do what he’s doing and Troy’s dad intervenes, too, so Nick pleads that they let her in. Troy’s dad agrees that if she has a pulse she can come in, so Nick hands over the gun.
Once everyone is settled at the ranch, Nick and Alicia sit to talk with Madison inside their private bunker. Madison tells them that her plan is for them to stay there and make it their home — even if that means taking it over. Sound familiar? (Ahem, Alexandria.)
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