The action’s heating up, as three families in AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead leave this world behind, encroaching further into the iconic ruin of the Walker-infested wasteland.
“Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.” – Werner Herzog
Meanwhile, the Clarks are having a cozy little sleepover, playing Monopoly while Nick (Frank Dillane) enjoys his Oxycotten. They hear an intruder and make a break for their neighbor’s house, where Madison knows there is a shotgun. Unfortunately, there neighbors are no longer their neighbors, and their friends are no longer their friends. They manage to grab the gun and shells before Zombie Susan (Cici Lau) comes shuffling after them in her sullied carpet slippers.
Back in the house, the intruder is busy eating a German Shepherd, keeping with the axiom that it sucks to be a dog in a horror franchise. And yet, even as those cataracted eyes fix themselves on her family, even still Madison balks, leaving Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) to save the day. Momentarily safe, the temporary family of 9 hole up for the night, bury the dead, and prepare to leave for the desert. They head out in the morning, only to have the National Guard arrive and place them under quarantine.
The second most poignant moment in “The Dog” comes from a moment with Madison and Zombie Susan. Madison prepares to bludgeon her old friend with a ball-peen hammer to try and save the husband, Patrick, who is still missing. Travis talks Madison out of doing “something she will regret,” talking about “there might be some slight hope.”
It won’t, as anyone who’s familiar with Robert Kirkman‘s universe already knows. But when things go down, we all would secretly hope that the status quo of microwaves, cellphones, idleness, and luxury will return. It’s a nice thought, and if it were this world it might be true. But it’s not; it’s becoming The Walking Dead.
One way or another, the teenagers, particularly Alicia, need to get over their angsty rebellious teenager schtick real fast, if they’re going to survive and not be a total annoying headache for an entire season. And the adults need to stop trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes and get down to survival.
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