Warning – spoilers ahead!
Fear the Walking Dead has been continuing on despite the deaths of many series regulars. In only four seasons, the show has ditched a lot of the characters the audience has become accustomed to.
“Humbug’s Gulch” was season five’s third offering, and the episode gave fans something that only seemed logical. We’ve got a sharpshooter in a cowboy hat – how long was it before he’d finally get to travel back to the wild west?
While searching for Al and the kids who ran off during the opener, John and June ran into trouble. Retreating after a hail of gunfire took out their bank window, they set off. Luckily, despite an impending dust storm, the wind blew them in the direction of John’s old stomping grounds.
Those grounds were the episode’s namesake, one of a series of old western towns built for special events. Revealing himself to be a participant in trick shot competitions before the apocalypse, John said he knew where they could find some weapons. Good thing, too, because they’d lost their arsenal trying to escape the gunfire.
While they did find the weapons, they found more than they bargained for. It wasn’t just the dust storm that made its presence known. None other than Dwight himself appeared, marking the second crossover from the main series.
After being banished from the area for the actions he took while with the Saviors in the main show, Dwight set off with one mission in mind. Searching for his wife Sherry had him rattled and agitated, as evident when he pointed a gun at John’s face. After he was knocked out by June, the two managed to talk some sense into him as the three decided to make their escape.
Dwight revealed he’d been on Sherry’s trail, saying she’d been leaving notes behind wherever she went. After mistakenly assuming she’d been the owner of a car that was found in an area with no survivors, Dwight was ready to end his life. Some encouraging words from June changed his mind, then the task was helping him escape a car surrounded by zombies.
We got to see John bust out one of his trick shots – the “San Antonio Split,” to be specific. Firing a bullet at an ax and splitting it in two, sending both halves into different zombies, was a cool moment. Sure, it would’ve been much easier to shoot one then run over and knife the other. But this is TV, and those flashy moments are warranted given the need to have those memorable moments.
The other memorable moment came when Dwight ran into Morgan, who assured him they didn’t need to talk about the past now. Can he forgive Dwight for the way he subjugated Morgan’s friends as a lieutenant in a brutal protection racket?
The episode closed by revealing the kids were still running from Luciana and Alicia and had been leaving the walker chains across the road. How will Dwight’s appearance impact the show’s future?