Nick finds morbid home in Los Muertos – Fear The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 9

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Nick finds a new home on Los Muertos, this weeks episode of Fear The Walking Dead.  It just might be exactly the place he has been looking for, but he may be as much like them as he thinks he is. They are a strongly knitted community that is surviving on beliefs  not related to religion at all. They embrace death but don’t commit to it. only, it seems they lack mercy or empathy. This episode Nick is learning the ropes and makes regrettable mistakes in his efforts. As for Madison, Strand, Ofelia, and Alicia, finding that Abigail has been taken, leads them to a new place for sanctuary.

Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia Salazar, Kim Dickens as Madison Clark - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 2, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman Jr/AMC
Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia Salazar, Kim Dickens as Madison Clark – Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 2, Episode 9 Los Muertos – Photo Credit: Richard Foreman Jr/AMC

Madison, Starnd, Ofelia, Alicia

In search of Nick, the group returns to where Abigail was last docked and discover that the boat has disappeared. Strand’s entire life was vested in that boat. He now seems like a man that has lost everything. Madison wants to linger, hoping that Nick will return, but being out in the open is not safe for any of them. Alicia takes on the role of being the rational adult and tells her mother that all they have are themselves now. Her mom can’t continue worrying about Nick and not taking care of herself and daughter.

They leave Nick a note and find a nearby hotel to stay in. Although Madison now wants to keep Alicia close by, as she is all she has left, Alicia heads off with Ofelia to check the hotel rooms. Madison tries to forcefully make Alicia stay, but Alicia stands her ground. It seemed like a move on Madison’s part that was more about control, then actual care, but I could be wrong. It could have been both. Madison remains in the hotel bar with Strand, as the girls go up to check rooms.

Ofelia and Alicia

Ofelia and Alicia discover that someone had marked the rooms with zombies, with do not disturb signs. Clearly someone was living in the hotel, but after finding an unmarked door, the girls find that the owner had hung himself with the shower head cord.

Why did the man commit suicide? There could be a number of reasons, but Ofelia suggests that he probably became tired of the struggle of being alive. I would wager that after cleaning out the mini bar and leaving nothing but peanuts, having to go out into the zombie infested hotel or streets, was not something he was prepared to do.

Ofelia has a moment where she begins to miss her father and says he was always a step behind faith. Having lost both parents must put a huge weight on her mind regarding her own existence and it seems it’s tilting towards the negative side. Alicia assures Ofelia that she is her family now. They have become a family in this new existence.

Alicia takes a shower and when she returns, Ofelia has disappeared. Drawn by the sound of dropping bodies, Alicia notices that the sounds from the hotel bar, where her mother and Strand are, is attracting zombies right off of the hotel balconies.

Where did Ofelia go? Ofelia had a lot of time to think during that shower. Her mind must have been racing with thoughts of her father. Could she have left the hotel to try to see if he survived the fire?

Madison and Strand

Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Kim Dickens as Madison Clark - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 2, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman Jr/AMC
Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Kim Dickens as Madison Clark – Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 2, Episode 9. Los Muertos – Photo Credit: Richard Foreman Jr/AMC

Strand, who has lost his security blanket Abigail, invites Madison to have a drink. If I had the option of drinking at an open bar, I wouldn’t say no either. They do a little getting to know each other, but mostly, Madison vents about her children. It almost as if she regrets becoming a mother. She also doesn’t believe that Nick will survive this. But I think she’s wrong. Nick is built to survive. Not only because of his experiences with drug use, but because he survived the drug use itself.

But really, after dealing with years of Nick’s drug abuse and not knowing how he is doing right now, I would probably think the same. I only see his strength because I’m watching from the outside. But like Strand says, this is the drink talking. She is just trying to deal with the worry and pain.

Madison also reveals that her husband committed suicide by driving into oncoming traffic. This is something that Nick and Alicia do not know about their father. It makes you wonder what it signifies that she is sharing this information with Strand. Does this mean she fully trusts him?

After she makes some smart remarks about his martinis, Madison asks for Strand to pass the tequila. And boy, do these two get hammered. Strand begins playing the piano, horribly. Madison uses the glasses for target practice against the wall. Madison has not ever let loose like this in any of these two seasons. Somehow they are having a moment of just letting go in the zombie apocalypse, only they are forgetting that there is no such thing as having a moment. Especially, when the moment is filled with noise.

Zombies from a nearby leather store, break free to the sounds coming from the hotel bar. And the zombies in the hotel rooms, jump fall off of the balconies to find their way to the sounds of glass breaking and pianos playing.

The duo sobers up quite quickly when they notice the zombies, but by the end of the scene they are trapped at the center, with zombies being held back by upturned tables. How will these two escape this problem, that if i may add, they brought onto themselves?

Nick

Nick wakes up in the new community and has his first lesson on the rules. A little girl cries as her father walks through a bus that leads to a group of walkers in a court. The bus is the gateway to the walkers, since they are unable to open the door, they are unable to come into the village. These walkers protect the community from outsiders and when someone in the community is near death, whether by a bite or illness, they can choose to protect the community in death by joining them.

The fact that this little girl is watching as her father is eaten, is horrific. And it’s worse that no one seems to care, other then Nick. The entire town is at the gates watching this man walk into death as even Luciana and Alejandro chant the death into death chant. No one even thinks to shelter the girl from the traumatizing event or to console her either.

Danay Garcia as Luciana, Paul Calderon as Alejandro - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 2, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman Jr/AMC
Danay Garcia as Luciana, Paul Calderon as Alejandro – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 2, Episode 9. Los Muertos – Photo Credit: Richard Foreman Jr/AMC

When the town comes back from watching a man eaten alive, Nick is able to see that Alejandro is the doctor and boss of the town. He administers medicine to the sick, including a man that just wants to die. The man probably is willing to die because the town makes that transition into zombieness some type of honor. But back to that little girls father, couldn’t they have shot him or something? The man had to be eaten? It’s a painful and traumatizing way to go.

Luciana takes Nick with her on a supply run. In this side of Tijuana, a local gang manages the supplies and they barter with near by folks in exchange for water and food. Luciana seems aggravated to have Nick around at all. Can the man atleast have a learning curve?

Luciana gives the gang members a bag and they tell her that she can fill up a cart with as much water as she can. She actually wanted two carts, but the members refuse. Inside their warehouse, the supplies are organized in supermarket styled aisles. There also people that are being sheltered in this warehouse. Luciana fills up the cart with water. Nick, in his supreme dumbness, steals a cake.

The gang members knock Nick on the ground before he makes it too far into the street with Luciana. Here is where you can see that Strand has infiltrated Nick’s way thinking, not to mention that Nick’s ability to negotiate due to his prior drug issues, may have already been advanced. Nick tells the angered gang members that he noticed the sister of the lead guy, inside the warehouse going through withdrawal. He tells the gang that she needs Oxy and that they can provide it to them, in exchange for another cart of water.

Nick walks off feeling very pleased with his negotiations, but Luciana is pissed. The gang members have never known where their community is and now could possibly target them, because of Nick’s extreme dumbness. Even Alejandro threatens to kill Nick if he ever puts the lives of his people at risk again.

Nick gives the cake to the little girl who lost her father earlier with his condolences. Something, that Alejandro says is not a favor. Although, Luciana seems pleased with Nick’s compassion. Somehow, these people want their children to live a very cold and cruel existence, which I imagine is for the sake of survival.

Alejandro also explains his purpose as leader and their community’s way of survival. It seems really religious, but religion has nothing to do with their beliefs. If I understood Alejandro’s Spanish correctly, they actually don’t believe in God being their beginning or end. They believe that life is what happens between two deaths. And that the apocalypse is a temporary situation while the world is cleansed through death–the survivors, are the chosen ones.

Los Muertos

Absolute faith in survival is what Alejandro and his people is going to help them survive. Alejandro’s faith is strong because he has been bitten, as Nick witnesses the bruised markings on his shoulder. Although he has been bitten, he has not turned. The father of the little girl had been also bitten and chose to submit to death, although he also had not turned. Could this be a group of immune people? There has to be some level of immunity if becoming a zombie is truly a disease.

Alejandro believes in his faith even as the medicinal supplies dwindle. The man who had medicine administered earlier in the scene, was only given a saline solution, in hopes that he would get better the way patients do sometimes with placebos. Later, Nick joins the town to chant their death into death chant and  Alejandro leads them preaching about being the chosen few.

Nick has finally found what he’s been looking for. But I think he has too much compassion and care for others, to ever really be a part of them.

Now, when is this little town going to pieces. Because it’s going to happen.
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