Heads up – this blog will contain spoilers for the Fear The Walking Dead season 4 finale!
After a second half of the season that saw the group separated, they were on an inevitable crash course with one of the strangest antagonists yet – all while on their journey back to Alexandria, the primary location for the series’ parent show, The Walking Dead.
As the episode begins, lovable beer-brewer Jim had completed his transition to the dead side and was picked up by the still-wounded Filthy Woman, also known as Martha.
Meeting up with Al, the woman taunted her with her new pet and eventually subdued her, using her as a carrier pigeon of sorts to send a message back to Morgan. Morgan, who was still clinging to his philosophy that all life is precious, vowed to meet up with Martha in an effort to save her and help her regain her sanity.
His goal didn’t sit well with the rest of the group, particularly John, who told Morgan some fish just don’t want to be caught no matter what you dangled in front of them. Morgan said he was concerned for her because he used to be her – while he did murder some people with his bare hands, we don’t think he ever tried to kill people simply because they wanted to help others.
But, the relationship was close enough. And Morgan set off to find her while the others vowed to wait for him at a service station where, unbeknownst to them, Martha had inhabited earlier. Dedicated to her own philosophy that helping people was bad, and somehow turning them into walkers made them strong, she had poisoned the water supply at the station with antifreeze. Failing to notice the bottles all had their seals broken, the group ingested the poison and slowly began succumbing to their fate.
Morgan managed to catch up with the woman, but she caused him to crash the car they were in and claimed she had stopped him from helping others. Morgan fought through the pain of his injuries, resisted the chance to kill her, and ultimately set off back to save his friends after finding out what the woman had done.
Desperately trying to access a tank of ethanol to combat their antifreeze poisoning, the group ended up losing it thanks to the bullets rattling the tank – why they couldn’t have simply moved their containers over the holes is anyone’s guess. Morgan refused to give up, ultimately returning with alcohol which was used as the antidote instead. It was a nice throwback to Jim, but wow – that had to have been some strong beer.
The plot twist came at the end – though it seemed more like a cheap fake out. Morgan and the others decided to pass on Alexandria and instead set up shop in an abandoned denim factory to try and help those in the region. Let fans lift their own beers and toast to season 5!