There is one thing in common that the three shows share for their current seasons. That is, everything goes up in flames. On The Walking Dead, it was the fire arrow attack at The Hiltop. On World Beyond, it was The Blaze of Glory. And now on Fear The Walking Dead, it is the oil field.
But it was more than the fire that made this episode great. The storytelling and the directing choices really stood out to me when I watched “Bury Her Next to Jasper’s Leg.” Especially the surgery scene shortly after the episode began involving June and Sarah. The way it was filmed reminded me of those hospital television shows such as ER or House. I will also admit that I jumped when the patient turned into a walker. Good thing that Sarah was there or else June would have been gone.
Speaking of Sarah, for a split second at the start, I thought it was her that Virginia was chasing. But it turned out to be Paige. It may be just me, but their hairstyles are similar and they both wear caps. Virginia is ruthless for the first half of this episode. And I have not seen that side of her since her on screen debut. Making demands, interrogating Wes over the spraypaint, and keeping everyone in line, Virginia was a badass there. But it did not last as she was bit by a walker. I was really sure here that she was going to be dead. June had every opportunity to kill Virginia once in for all. But she did not do it.
It is because Virginia made a deal with her to have a hospital. For a villan, Virginia has kept her word with everyone so far. She delievered on her promises and June realizes that when she cut her bitten hand off. June wanted John to come with her to the hospital, but John had other plans. John wanted June to run away from Virginia. That did not happen as John went another path on the fork of the road.
Everyone on “Bury Her Next to Jasper’s Leg” added to the plot. The fact that everyone got a decent amount of screen time regardless that this episode centered around June makes this a memorable one. Add in the explosion at the oil field, you will want your favorite character to be safe at that moment. It also leaves me wondering what will be next for everyone. Especially John and June since he split to escape Virginia.
The acting and directing I will also praise too. Just like “Honey”, the first half felt like a high stakes mission. Follow that up with the deadly moment of Virginia getting bit, and what could set the story of Virginia’s eventual end of her reign on top. Fear The Walking Dead’s streak of great episodes continue. Next week’s episode will serve as the mid season finale as the eighth episode’s production resumed not too long ago.