As if they gave us enough time to bond, this week’s episode of Fear the Walking dead, was the grand finale of their very first season. We have finally reached the full blown zombie apocalypse. The military is crumbling over the increasing zombie population and people are staking out in their homes, or heading out. Last episode, our group of faves were on a mission to get back Daniel’s wife (R.I.P but they don’t know that yet) and Nick, before leaving their town.
Using the intellect provided by Andrew, who was kidnapped and then tortured by Daniel, everyone packs up and heads to the military base with plans of rescuing their loved ones. Because Daniel can’t help himself and wants to exterminate Andrew, now that they don’t need him anymore, he is left in Travis’ custody. Travis claims he will bring Andrew with him in his car, but when they arrive at the military complex, Travis is alone. He did the right thing and let him go. I mean, the guy saved a girls life and then was tortured into exposing military Intel, that was the least he could do.
Liza’s medical superior begins to make arrangements to have medical staff and patients transferred off the base, before the neighborhood is nuked. Liza has to decide who to bring and she’s advised to keep her list blood bound and short. She chooses Chris and his father, because Chris is going to need his father. But she kinda forgot that the father has a girlfriend, and step children, friends, and a ton of extra people. Travis will not go alone. But she also doesn’t know that these measures to bring her family don’t really matter, because everyone is already there.
Daniel’s plan to distract the military while they grab his wife and Nick, involves letting all the zombies out of the stadium. Andrew had explained during his torture session that at the rate the people were turning inside the stadium, the military just couldn’t control it and just chained up the all the stadium doors.
The compound goes haywire shooting the incoming zombies, because there are alot of them. ALOT! Meanwhile, Chris and Alicia are left on car watch in the parking lot of the compound basement, while the parents go looking for Nick and Daniel’s wife.
Nick and Strand (I’m guessing this is his name), make their move with Strand’s key, when all the lights go out in their sector. At this point, the military outside is dying to the overpowering zombie hoard and it’s every man for themselves. On the way out, Strand doesn’t bother to help the others in their gated cells, although Nick wants to. First Strand lesson is: don’t save others if it will impede your own progress.
They make a few good attempts at escaping, with a few zombie interactions, but in the end, they end up trapped in a hallway. The computerized door lock will only open with a card key, so Nick and Strand are stuck with about 5 zombies dragging their feet in their direction. Maddie, Travis, and gang, end up on the other side of the door, happy to have found Nick. All of their efforts to get the door open are useless and there’s this moment when Maddie and Nick look at each other through the glass window like it will be their last time. I COULD NOT WATCH MY SON GET EATEN. DO YOU HEAR ME? COULD NOT!
The luck barometer strikes a high cord, when Liza joins the group and whips out her ID card to open the door. Now everyone is together. Liza lets Daniel know that his wife passed away because the infection had gotten to her. She doesn’t mention the amputated foot or the fact that she had to take the woman out with the air gun.
Apparently the zombie chaos outside, is seen and heard by the rescue team that the medical director had scheduled. The military aircraft makes a U-turn, back in the direction it came from, and the compound is left to fend for themselves. The Medical director is at a loss and says that she will stay with the patients, but advises everyone else to make a run for it. Hence, Liza’s ability to rescue Nick. They head back to the infirmary and the medical director had taken out all the patients with the air gun. The machines weren’t working, so this patients would have died anyway.
But when I say the woman was lost, I mean LOST. She looked like someone that had been highly disappointed with the stock market crash and wanted to swing herself out the window. The group asks the medical director for a means to escape and she gives them instructions. However, they end up leaving her. Maddie is the voice of reason and guarantees Liza that this woman is lost and doesn’t seem to have any intentions of saving herself. As they exit, the doctor is seen caressing the air gun, as if contemplating whether she should be using it on herself. That gun will be her best bet at this point.
The group follows the doctors directions to the nearest exit and stumble across an ash graveyard or a dumping lot filled with ashes. All of the terminated zombies or victims that dies, were incinerated. This causes Ofelia to break out crying. Daniel is pretty strong in the aftermath of finding out about his wife’s death, but Ofelia is extremely fragile. The idea that her mother was probably a handful of ash in the dumping area, was incredibly emotional.
They all head back to the basement to get Chris and Alicia, but some military men escaping the compound, stole their car and punched Chris in the face. No worries they have two other cars to work with. Actually, they had an entire basement filled with cars and someone must have known how to hot wire one, but that’s besides the point. Andrew shows up pointing a gun at Daniel. The entire compound is headed down in a zombie flames and the only thing this guy can think about is revenge. I do get that they are implying that the torture effected him mentally, but I felt that he could have done something more productive with his time. He shoots Ofelia instead, to make Daniel feel his pain. Travis goes loco and beats him to a bloody pulp.
Don’t know what snapped in Travis’ mind, but he seems to have had enough of being taken advantage. He freed the man and here he is taking a shot at someone. By this time the entire compound is under zombie infestation and the crew head out west, on Strand’s orders. The highways are filled with abandoned cars and some, are just empty.
Strand lives on paradise mansion next to the water. A nice plot of zombie free land with all the amenities you could imagine. Strand, however, does not intend to stay there. Strands begins to pack some suits that he won’t need, because in the zombie apocalypse, dressed to impress doesn’t help survival. He shows Nick who Abigail is: a handsome yacht floating in the open sea. Strand had the idea that we were all thinking while watching THE WALKING DEAD, head for a boat and find out if the suckers can swim. He intends to stay at sea and only dock when he needs to re-up his supplies.
I was thinking that we had made it to the end without losing a major character, when Liza reveals to Maddie that she had been bitten. She hugs her son for the last time and contemplates how she is going to end her life. This is when she reveals that through her nursing experience at the compound, she discovered that the zombie virus is incurable, and that they all turn into zombies no matter what, when they die. Maddie takes the initiative to shoot her boyfriends ex, but Travis breaks up the party and becomes involved, when he discovers the truth. So Travis shoots the mother of his child. This sends him into a blurry emotional overload, while Maddie tries to console him. The gunshot brings Chris and Alicia running. Chris discovers his mom with a bullet hole in her head. Wait till he finds out his dad killed his mom. Oh, and Ofelia is okay. Liza made sure to give her supplies for dressing her wound before her exit into the beyond.
It was a strong ending for the season. All criticisms aside, I’m confident that next season will have more zombies. Now to wait for next weeks opening of TWD…
Did you feel there was something missing from FTWD season 1? Did you like the ending? Any thoughts on what Season 2 will look like?
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