The current season of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead is soon going to conclude. With only one more episode after “USS Pennsylvania”, the group went on a high stakes mission to take down Teddy once in for all. But the mission did not go as planned.
During the journey inside the submarine, Morgan and Strand were at odds as they were getting closer and closer to stop Teddy. They both clearly had different motives that are played out during this episode and It makes me wonder how they will be towards eachother on the season finale.
During the entire time, the radiation levels were through the rough in certain corridors of the submarine. Everyone had to think fast and adapt to another way of getting to the end of the submarine. Throw that in with a few good walker kills and the fact that there is little space to even stretch out, then you got a good episode of Fear The Walking Dead.
But there were some issues that I would like to address. The episode also highlighted something that has really bothered me about this season for a long time. Rather than actually showing us what characters are doing, they tell us what they are doing off screen. During this current season, it has been a common occurrence and I seriously hope this does not happen on the seventh season. Sure, they showed Alicia trapped on the previous episode, but what about the rest of the characters that were not seen at all during this season?
One thing I found laughable, is Dakota. We are supposed to buy into her being a follower of Teddy after just one episode? Good that Morgan knocked some sense into her that caused her to get knocked out moments after Morgan somehow got away from the walkers that surrounded him while he was knocked down by Strand before this even happened? The inconsistency is beyond ridiculous.
In terms of the episode itself, I liked the majority of it up until the end, but then I thought about it, and it all just melted me. Teddy and Riley were let go by Morgan and Strand for what reason again? At least one of them should be dead, and the other should have been interrogated so that they can try to find out where Alicia is. Much of the dialogue throughout the episode felt stilted in some way, but I guess that’s a hallmark of Chambliss and Goldberg’s writing at this point.
It seems that the writers do not know how to use Strand’s personality other than to make him do bad things, then spend time trying to redeem him and act like he did it to cover for himself. Colman Domingo can be fantastic whenever he is given the right material, so it’s frustrating when the show doesn’t give him good material.
On the finale, I hope to see where the missile lands and the status of Alicia.
Aisha Tyler has done practically everything in Hollywood: acting, voiceover work, hosting, directing, writing, and producing. She has been in the industry for over 25 years with several projects in her name. Aisha Tyler is also a fan of The Walking Dead and she as also appeared on AMC’s Talking Dead.
Last November, it was announced that Aisha Tyler will direct an episode of Fear The Walking Dead. It turned out that she directed the episode “J.D” and Aisha Tyler is here to break down directing this monumental episode in this exclusive interview.
You’ve been a fan of The Walking Dead for some time now, and this is now your first episode in the franchise that you directed. How excited were you when you first got the news?
Aisha: “Incredibly excited. I wish I could come up with some phrase that’s like spectacularly descriptive, but I was thrilled because it had been something I’ve been hoping to do for a long time. And I had had some meetings with AMC where we talked about the fact that I love the franchise. I would love the opportunity to direct, but I don’t know that I thought it was going to happen. So you’re kind of always just doing your work. I was off directing other stuff. And it was just a thrill when it came back around.”
Do you remember exactly where you were or what you were doing when you got the call that AMC wanted you to direct the episode?
Aisha: “That’s a really good question. I don’t. It’s all just blended into a beautiful golden memory. I do remember that I did a zoom call with the show runners Ian and Andrew, and that was great. We just hit it off. And a friend of mine and I were texting and I got the email from my management team and I was like, “I got the job!” I do remember that. I just remember that I was very excited.”
Knowing that Fear The Walking Dead was filmed during the pandemic, what were some challenges you had to endure as a director?
Aisha: “Well, the biggest issue right now for covid productions other than testing is a shorter shoot day. And so that’s just challenging. You just have less time to do the same amount of work. And that remains the challenge across this episode. But luckily, because the episode was essentially set over a single day, we could only shoot from sunup to sundown. And that natural kind of time limit meant that we had to work really effectively and efficiently, which we did. So it was exhilarating. You’re always rushing when you’re directing. Every day is just a sprint. But it was beautiful and enjoyable and we were able to get done.”
This episode is a tribute to John Dorie Jr. I thought that the eulogy scene was beautiful from the way it was shot and with the way Jenna Elfman delivered her lines. What are the conversations like between you and Jenna when it came to crafting that scene?
Aisha: “We had a really good conversation before we started shooting the episode about how she felt about it as an actor and what was her character was going through. And, you know, this was really June’s first real moment where she allowed herself to mourn John. She just been on this kind of mad sprint to redeem herself and really driven by grief and by anger at the world about herself. And this was her opportunity to say goodbye. So we really wanted to make sure that we honored that moment for her because it was a really transformational one for June. And I think also on a larger level with Dwight and Sherry. John and June’s relationship represented something really specific in their world, which is that it’s possible to find beauty and it’s possible to find love in a terrible state of affairs in the world around them. And so I really wanted to make sure that there was a lot of beauty in that scene and a lot of love and that it wasn’t just sad because it was all of our opportunities to both say goodbye to a character that we all really love and also to celebrate the beauty of that relationship.”
Were there any scenes that you directed for this episode that you felt like you wanted to put yourself in any of the character’s shoes, whether it was June, Dwight, Sherry or John Sr?
Aisha: “Not really. When you’re directing, you get to be in everybody’s shoes all the time. That’s really the nature of being a director. You’re kind of inside all of it all the time. And that’s why I love directing because I really get to care for everybody on set and think about every every character and their experience and their journey. And I get to put my feet in the shoes of the fifth character, which is the audience. And I really get to be a part of things and thinking about how the audience will experience this episode and how they’ll connect with the characters. So that’s the coolest thing about being a director, is you get to play all the roles.”
Are there any past episodes of either The Walking Dead or Fear The Walking Dead that you wish you had the chance to direct?
Aisha: “Well, my favorite episode of The Walking Dead and there are a lot of really good ones, is ‘Clear.’ It’s the episode where we find Morgan again. And I love that episode of television as one of my favorite episodes of television period because it’s so incredibly layered and emotional and it really focuses on what grief and loss do to a person. And Lenny James is just such an extraordinary actor. And I just remember crying through the whole episode because it was just so beautiful and so painful and it was so tender. And seeing Rick and Morgan together again was so wonderful. But it wasn’t the reunion we all expected them to have as fans. And just to see the shell around Morgan kind of crack a little bit of him, connect with human beings again after all that time suffering alone was just such a beautiful episode.”
This week’s episode of Fear The Walking Dead titled “J.D” is a tribute to John Dorie. While the mood and tone is sad and depressing, there are plot points that opened my curious eyes. With that out of the way, here is my review.
June is still grieving John Dorie as he was killed a few episodes ago. Sure she got her revenge by killing Virginia, but the suffering of John’s death is on full display on this episode. That also came with a nice and beautiful eulogy by June later in “J.D” when it was her and a few characters standing over John’s Grave. Jenna Elfman certainly made me a believer during this sequence, as I felt her grief at John’s death. I also feel this is her best performance since joining Fear The Walking Dead a few seasons back.
While John Dorie’s grief is on show throughout the show, I believe the introduction of John Dorie Sr. could’ve been better. I realize the franchise has a cliché of long-lost characters reappearing out of nowhere, but his appearance was too soon after John Jr. died. Of all the places for them to meet, it had to be during a shootout. What are the odds of that.
I’m not sure what else we can get out of the John Dorie Sr. character, but at least he has a cause to tell the group about Teddy. It turns out that John Sr. was the one who imprisoned Teddy in the 1970s, and Teddy is the same guy he was then. The apocalypse frequently alters people’s personalities. But his did not, which is a rare occurrence in The Walking Dead’s universe. Plus, John Dorie Sr. sure survived that gunshot wound pretty fast!
Another storyline development in this episode that I was looking forward to seeing was Dwight and Sherry’s. I had been wondering for weeks if these two would be on the same page. It’s now evident that Sherry recognizes that returning to Virginia to kill Negan is a waste of time. Sherry wouldn’t even know whether she’d come back alive if she did that, so why jeopardize her shot of being with Dwight? I am delighted for these two. I, on the other hand, am not thrilled to see another horse die.
Despite the fact that this episode is slower than the other two, I embrace it. A slower-paced plot with a new mood change was greatly needed since the previous two episodes’ tones were similar. This is a fantastic memorial episode to the late John Dorie Jr., and I really enjoyed it!
This weeks’ episode of Fear The Walking Dead titled “In Dreams” is a devastating and also a heartbreaking one. Grace and Morgan finding out that her baby is stillborn will go down as one of the darkest moments in the franchise. Here to talk about that shocking moment, is Karen David as we go over all the details about that moment in this exclusive interview.
How did you prepare for that twist at the end of the episode?
KD: “I knew about these storylines when Ian and Andrew sat me down pre pandemic, so I had this extended period of time to to prepare for this, which in hindsight I’m really grateful for, because it’s a very devastating storyline. It’s a very sensitive subject. And I needed to really even let that sit with me. I took a lot of deep breaths when I was reading the script and then had many meetings with Michael Satrazemis. He is one of our most wonderful magical directors on the show with Jalaludin, who is a magnificent director of photography. Ian and Andre, who penned this, just found that that perfect balance in telling this this story. We kind of all came together and sat down and we went through the whole the whole thing and what to expect. I was so excited because esthetically and stylistically, this is an episode that we’ve never really done in our universe. With the subject to of infancy loss, it’s something that has never been talked about. And then from there, you also have like those little easter eggs in the unconscious state where you see the bird poop walker, my truck, and Grace in her suit paying homage to her journey, which began in season five. I just loved all of that coming into play in Grace’s unconscious state. I was really excited that we were doing something very groundbreaking and very different. And I could not be more proud of the end results. And to see the initial feedback of you guys, you know, having watched the advance screenings and all that, it just it means the world to all of us. We knew that this is going to be a very big episode for the universe, but also a very big episode for Grace and I. It’s been a real honor to tell her story.”
After I watched “In Dreams”, I had to take a few minutes to process what I witnessed. At that time, I thought of that particular episode of Chernobyl where a pregnant woman lost her baby due to her baby absorbing all of the radiation from the character. Did the comparison of the real life incident and that episode came through your mind when you were going through the script of the episode?
KD: “I know each case is very different and I’m not a medical expert where I can speak on those things. But I certainly watched all of Chernobyl. I did a lot of research on Hiroshima and Chernobyl and what had happened and the stories of what different people had been through. And I tried to take as much of that. And, you know, Mikey, I, Ian, and Andrew had many discussions about this and how that played into Grace’s experience in this apocalyptic world. One thing that remains true is having personal experience with this with my family members and dearest friends who have suffered through infancy loss and doing so much research, listening to many videos of families who were so courageous to talk about their experience. For me, it was so important to tell their story through Grace as well, and to honor and respect what they have been through, through Grace. It was a fine balance to achieve. And as an actor, this storyline was with something that is a gift to be challenged in a way both emotionally, spiritually and physically, and to talk about a subject that’s so important and so sensitive. I can only hope and pray that I was able to do that respectfully and and with justice to the storyline. So to hear all the feedback has just been so wonderfully overwhelming and just means so much to to both Grace and I.”
As you said, the structure of this episode has never been done before and you and Lennie James did an amazing job telling this story. Do you have any stories on how you and Lennie work on this way of storytelling?
KD: “Michael and the rest of us kind of sat together mapped everything out and they showed these wonderful vision boards and storyboards of what they wanted to achieve in the unconscious state for Grace, but also in, you know, the conscious state. There is no break for me or Grace in this episode. And it was very much trying to navigate very delicately through each scene. I couldn’t have been in better hands and in safer hands, with or without crew and with Michael and the gang and certainly with Lenny, who is the best scene partner I could have ever dreamed of that last scene. We didn’t want to over rehearse it. That was one all done in one take. We didn’t want to see the baby, the prosthetic baby, which special effects did a phenomenal job. We kind of just read the lines for the sake of reading them. So we kind of knew where things were at, but we didn’t want to rehearse it. It was just going to do it. It’s just one of those deeply emotional scenes that you can’t really rehearse as it’s going to happen in the moment. And I knew that I was in safe hands with Lenny and with Michael and the crew. There was this bonding moment and we’re a tight knit family. But in that moment, if I can explain and do it justice, I never felt more supported and loved by every crew member and our cameraman, Ramon and Chris. They were right there where I didn’t have to worry about anything. I could just allow myself to go through this moment with Lenny and with Michael. When Lenny placed the prosthetic baby in my hands for the first time in that moment, my tears were for my family members. I cried for my not only my family, but my dearest friends and all those families whose videos I watched for what they had been through. I can’t even call it acting in that moment. It felt so real. And the minute he placed the baby in my hands, I was just broken. It broke me. And one take was all we needed. It was quite devastating. I was just relieved that we got through it. And it was a beautiful and even though devastating moment, but a beautiful moment for Lenny, Michael and our crew to have endured together, which is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. In my heart, I just felt so supported in that moment. And I’m just really grateful. And it turned out just the way that it should have.”
Do you know what was the significance of the pink leaves were during the dream sequence?
KD: “I know that Michael wanted to create this very ethereal world where it was sort of a break for grace from reality. As we all know what was happening later on the episode and what was happening in real life, she’s in this world where she could have this opportunity to delve into the future, where she could see her future and what her daughter was like, and to know that everything was going to be OK because she’s so convinced that this is her time. From the minute that Grace is introduced into this universe, we know that her clock is ticking and she’s convinced that this is it for her.Time is to be called on death’s doors and she has this moment now to to say goodbye to the people that she loves and to also find some peace, knowing that everyone and everything would be OK. It reminded me a lot of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which is one of my favorite films. And, you know, just being in this world where clarity happens for her. Clarity, gratitude, remorse, like all the feels that she kind of navigates and goes through in this unconscious world, is something so powerful and and so exciting for me as an actor to have been able to to delve into for Grace.”
There has been numerous episodes of The Walking Dead franchise that tackled hallucinations or dreams. Rick Grimes and Michonne’s final episodes are the first that come to my mind. On the newest episode of Fear The Walking Dead titled “In Dreams”, the experimental episode has done something that all three shows have never done before. Plus, add in a dark plot twist in one of the most heartbreaking moments of the season.
The basic plot of “In Dreams” tells the story of Grace having a dream of what the future looks like. In that future, her daughter Athena is grown up, and everyone that she knows is still alive except her. In the real world, the mysterious cult tracked Morgan and Grace down to get back what they want. That is, the key Morgan had around his neck that is supposed to be for the submarine that was first seen earlier this season.
Then I started to realize the strong point of this episode. Grace is having a dream when most of the conflict is going on. The way the real life conflicts were also carried over to the dream was masterful as it explained how they got into this situation in the first place. Grace’s dream sequence also revealed that the baby is not Morgan’s as it belonged to a man named Matthew. I was caught off guard by this. But at the same time, it was never implied that the baby was Morgan’s.
Grace told Athena the story about Matthew while we get flashbacks to when she had to put him down. But that was not the final deathblow here. The plot twist came at the end when Grace gave birth to her daughter in the current time after the conflict. After she gave birth, Grace asked Morgan why the baby was not crying. Morgan turned around and revealed that it was stillborn.
This was heartbreaking and sad to the point that I felt for the character. It also made me think of what parents or parents to be went through on a day to day basis. It may be a longshot, but I believe Grace’s baby died by absorbing all of the radiation from Gracie. That reminded me of an episode of HBO’s Chernobyl when the same thing happened to a character.
The other plot twist to bring up as well is the fact that the dream sequence is Grace saying goodbye to Athena rather than Grace saying hello to her future daughter. Karen David was amazing in this episode as her acting truly shined on this heartbreaking episode. Also, thumbs up to the visual effects team and the director of “In Dreams” for the beautiful scenery and crafting the look of those dream sequences.
I love this episode. It is my favorite of the current season so far. It was sad to see how this episode’s final minutes went. But the way the story was told easily put this episode on my top five Fear The Walking Dead episodes of all time. If the delay of 6×08 did not happen, this episode would have aired at least two weeks ago. Because it is airing on Mother’s Day, there should also be a trigger warning for parents or couples that lost a baby.
Some of Fear The Walking Dead’s strongest episodes had an Alicia involvement. In fact, this is one of the episodes that proves that Alicia is not to be messed with at all.
“The Holding” tells the story of what happened when Alicia, Wes, Al, and Luciana meet the mysterious group that was teased since earlier in the season. They learn that the group is a wicked cult that are going to live the rest of their lives underground. Their leader is Teddy (played by John Glover) and he gives me serious David Koresh vibes.
Alicia is not the only central focus of the episode. Wes reunited with his brother that was thought to be dead. But if we learned something from that “Scars” episode of The Walking Dead, it is that the people you knew back then are not the same when you see them again. Wes’ brother is fully committed into the lifestyle of the cult.
Wes learned from the paintings that his brother painted that he and the group were involved in the recent attacks of the group. It all came crashing down later in the episode when Wes had no choice but to put his brother down and I felt for the character since I have a brother myself.
Colby Hollman had a strong performance on this episode of Fear The Walking Dead as I felt more attached to the Wes character more now than ever before. It seemed like he really channeled in his inner self from the actor to the character with his believable performance.
I also want to bring up the other subplots as Teddy wants Alicia to join him in whatever scheme he has cooking up. That is, if Teddy knows about Madison. Al is now aware that this group has a connection with CRM due to her finding one of their map coordinates and location markers. They even embalmed one of the CRM soldiers as well. Speaking of which, that scene was spooky!
The connection to CRM makes sense. There’s no chance the cult could have grown all of that food using only walkers as fertilizer. People had to be exchanged for food and equipment. That is my hypothesis. Another thing that didn’t make sense was how Alicia and the rest got there in the first place.
With these developments along with Alicia killing one of their members in brutal fashion, “The Holding” is a strong episode and a sleeper hit for this season.
We are ten episodes into the current season of Fear The Walking Dead and it is time for Daniel Salazar to be the center of an episode. “Handle With Care” is the name of the episode and the plot focuses on Daniel’s deteriorating mental state as he might have Alzheimer’s disease.
I wanted to feel for the character this time around. Yet, prior in the season, Daniel conceded that he faked his mental decline. So I would scrutinize this time again if in the event that it was genuine. Furthermore, even Morgan isn’t sure if Daniel was faking it. Yet, on a superficial level without considering that, it is dismal to see Daniel go through this.
The structure of this episode is choppy, despite the fact that Ruben Blades was excellent in it. Was it Daniel or the mysterious new party that set off the explosions? This ties in with what I previously said about believing what is real and what is not coming out of Daniel’s mouth. However, the scene in which Daniel and Strand were conversing at the cell location is fantastic and demonstrates why these two have such a strong bond.
I’d also like to mention Dwight and Sherry’s current situation. What did the writers do with the characters? For her, it’s all or nothing. I realize she’s already broken on the inside, so how can Sherry leaving Dwight over and over again help? These two have been looking for each other for almost a year, and the fact that they are at odds is not something I do not like.
I’m excited to see what the rest of this season has in store for me. There needs to be more answers about the new mysterious group as there are only six more episodes after “Handle With Care.”
It has been a long time since Fear The Walking Dead had a major villain death. In fact, Virginia’s death on Fear mattered more than when Logan was shockingly killed back in season 5.
I say this because there was no emotional investment to buy into Logan’s motivations. Virginia on the other hand, I got the character and understood why she was a villain to begin with. And it is one of the most satisfying deaths I have seen for quite some time.
June being the one to finally end Virginia’s reign of terror is welcomed with open arms in my opinion. After what happened with John on the last episode with his death, June had to be the person to pull the trigger. Virginia separated them both to begin with. And it came full circle to Virginia’s demise.
“Things Left to Do” is also a great episode. It went from a dark opening that is reminiscent of Negan’s television debut that followed by Virginia already accepting defeat at the hands of Morgan, to her death. Lennie James and Colby Minifie did absolutely great with delivering their lines and acting the scenes out. They both made a believer out of me during the huge standoff.
I am also curious to see what is next for the group as there are more subplots that will be explored upon for the rest of the season. Those are, where does Alicia and Strand stand on seeing eye-to-eye on things. Will Dwight and Sherry be together again for good by the end of the season? When will Gracie give birth? And when will we see the mysterious group again from earlier this season?
Fear The Walking Dead’s current season is on a high momentum. I hope that the momentum does not slow down or get halted. Two great episodes to start off the second half of Fear and the story is moving forward in a great pace. Virginia is a memorable villain and I also have to say that Dakota being her daughter did not shock me at all!
The last time Fear The Walking Dead pulled off an unexpected death was in season 4. That is when Nick was killed by Charlie. This time, a major character was killed off on “The Door” and that is John.
I am puzzled by this decision to get rid of John like this. There was so much more that could have been done with the popular character as I did not feel that his story arc was over yet. But what I learned with Nick and Travis, is that I cannot get too attached with the characters.
Putting that aside, “The Door” is a fantastic episode. Garret Dillard’s acting on this episode of Fear The Walking Dead is masterful and believable to the point that I started to feel bad for him. I also love how the beginning of “The Door” tied in with the end of the episode. John was shooting walkers from inside his cabin to outside by the lake at the start. And at the end, June saw John as a walker from inside the cabin to outside in the same viewpoint.
That scene was heartbreaking. June and John brought a relationship bond to fear that rivaled Glenn and Maggie on the main show. And just like that, it was taken away from us. Also, can we stop this trope of kids killing main characters?
The other big news that came from “The Door” is that we finally have answers to the season 5 finale. Dakota revealed to Morgan after she killed John that she was not only the one that killed the ranger on the ranch, she was the one that saved Morgan when he was near death. I know for sure that this might be unpopular decision for the Fear community since everyone was hoping for Madison to be the to save Morgan.
There are really good scenes on this episode. Especially the gruesome walker killing sequence while they were on the bridge. The gore on this current season is not easy to watch if you do not like gore. There are also so many parallels between John and Rick Grimes’ final episodes that I picked up. But that will be an article for another day.
Everything that happened on “The Door” will have an affect to the rest of the season. Rest in peace John and this was an awesome episode.
The Walking Dead’s tenth season finally concluded over the weekend. The six extra episodes that extended the season has been divisive over The Walking Dead community as nobody can universally agree on which episode they liked over the other one. Today, I am going to rank the extra six episodes of season 10 based on my opinion, the fan reception, and the story of the episode.
Giving fans an update on what Daryl was doing for six years while he was searching for any clues of Rick Grimes is not a bad idea. I did like “Find Me”, but the mixed to polarizing reactions to this episode influenced my decision to rank this on the lowest on the list. It also does not help that adding Leah to this time gap was insulting to most while some was intrigued by the character. The end of the episode did however showcased how real life couples or best friends have a blowout in real life.
“Diverged” was not for me. I thought it was one of the most boring and pointless episodes of the entire series. But for Carol fans, I can understand why they like the episode as it explored her dealing with the aftermath of “Find Me” while also seeing what the residents of Alexandria do on their daily lives. As boring as “Diverged” was to me, It at least did not insult me. The episode made me think of how people deal with a giant argument and how they come back together after it. I could not get into “Diverged”, but there were a few good things that came out of the episode.
1017- Home Sweet Home
Even though “Home Sweet Home” suffered from choppy editing and a laughably bad explosion scene, it was a nice return of the show while also setting things up for the 11th season. I will place this in the middle of the rankings because I am still divided about “Home Sweet Home” to this day. But I am happy to see Maggie back on The Walking Dead. I am also waiting to know more about Elijah and to see more of Hershel Jr.
“Splinter” may be a bottle episode, but we got a little of what to expect of The Commonwealth on season 11 when the group finally arrives at the large city. Their soldiers are ruthless enough for me to take them seriously. Paola Lazaro did a incredible performance as Princess for this episode. One splinter caused The Princess’ mental state to get affected and it made you question what was real and what was not after the plot twist happened. This is also the only episode of the six episodes to end with a cliffhanger that will be resolved early on in the final season.
1022- Here’s Negan
Not only that “Here’s Negan” is one of the best written and produced episodes of season 10, it is one of the best episodes of the series. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Morgan went all out with their scenes and bringing that chemistry from their real life marriage on screen to the characters that they both played. The origin story of the character exceeded my expectations and was fleshed out better than the source material. “Here’s Negan” is a masterpiece and I highly recommend it.
1019- One More
As much as I loved “Here’s Negan” , I feel that the episode was more for Negan fans. “One More” is a perfect example of a classic The Walking Dead episode that rivals the earlier seasons. A Gabriel and Aaron episode is something that I did not know that I wanted until this episode happened. What started as a fun game and good stories, lead up to a dark turn when Mays appeared. Robert Patrick made an impact on this episode of The Walking Dead with a phenomenal performance even though it was one episode. “One More” ranks the highest on my list due to the fact that this episode is for everyone of The Walking Dead fandom.