Fear The Walking Dead holds the unique distinction of having undergone a major facelift in a relatively short lifespan.
It’s not like its parent show, The Walking Dead, which is heading into season 10 without most of its main characters. Yes, the main show looks completely different, but given that Fear has been along for half the time, it’s gone through an amazing evolution.
So when fans get to see old characters come back again, it’s usually a treat. This episode, titled “Skidmark,” focused on the massive divide between Daniel Salazar and Victor Strand – warning spoilers ahead.
Daniel has survived by scavenging and taking no-nonsense as the apocalypse has rolled on. Well aware the plane in his complex is like a massive bullseye for any raiders who were walking by (one would have to throw Strand into that category now), Daniel took the controls out of the craft before leaving on a run with his cat, Skidmark.
Unbeknownst to him, Charlie was hiding in the back of his vehicle. It still seems a little odd that she’s undergone such a blatant change after killing one of the main characters last season – but it seems the showrunners have moved past it, so I guess the fans have to as well.
Luckily for Charlie, Daniel warms right up to her. Even when they’re confronted by a herd, Daniel is calm in luring them away. Unfortunately, he was banking on the fence around his complex to help keep them out. The problem is, during his absence, the truckers helping Strand tore down the fence to get to the plane.
Daniel recaps his problems with Strand, who lied to him once about something very important, and of course, pulled the trigger on him, ultimately seeing Daniel’s rulership at the dam fall apart – literally and figuratively. But after some deliberation, he ultimately decides to let them use the plane. Let’s hope Strand has a better time piloting this one than the others did in the season opening.
Meanwhile, Morgan and Alicia are still at the quest to help the children they encountered earlier. Unfortunately, they run into what is basically a kid’s militia who points guns at them before they’re able to talk the conflict down.
There’s still no Al, but there is another tie-in to the main show. A chopper circles by overhead, with the same symbol as the one Rick and Anne flew off in. Will the community where this chopper belongs finally tie the two shows together beyond more than just character overlap? Will we finally see both groups, or at least parts of them, convene in the same location and get a story out of it? Maybe.
Overall, this episode was solid. The highlight had to be when the plane’s propellers are used to slice up some zombies. What will the group do about the truckers who have occupied the denim factory – who technically, own it? Will they fight them? Will Daniel take them in? Only a few episodes left this season.