Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 11 “The Holding” Review

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 11 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

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 as Wes, Maggie Grace as Althea, Danay Garcia as Luciana, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 11 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

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.

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 10 “Handle With Care” Review

Rubén Blades as Daniel Salazar – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

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.

Alexa Nisenson as Charlie, Rubén Blades as Daniel Salazar – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

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.”

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 9 “Things Left to Do” Review

Karen David as Grace, Mo Collins as Sarah, Danay Garcia as Luciana, Rubén Blades as Daniel Salazar – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

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.

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Lennie James as Morgan Jones – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

“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!

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 8 “The Door” Review

Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

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.

Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

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.

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Fear The Walking Dead Return Date Announced

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Fear The Walking Dead took a brief hiatus over the fall after their seventh episode. Enough time has gone by as fans are anxious for the return of Fear. The return of Fear The Walking Dead is coming shortly after the final episode of the tenth season of The Walking Dead.

AMC oficially announced that Fear The Walking Dead will return for the second half of the sixth season on April 11th. A trailer that was uploaded on The Walking Dead’s official account showcased the announcement.

It is also to note, that I reached out to AMC in early January for the status of the return of Fear The Walking Dead. A representative told me that Fear will return in April. But the exact date was not revealed at the time.

New cast members will also join the sixth season of Fear The Walking Dead. John Glover (The Good Wife, Smallville, Scrooged), Nick Stahl (Carnivale, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Sin City), and Keith Carradine (Madam Secretary, Fargo, Deadwood) will all make their debuts on this season.

The synopis of the second half is the following: As Morgan’s (Lennie James) bid to free the remaining members of the group becomes bolder, Virginia (Colby Minifie) grows increasingly desperate to find her sister and protect the settlements from forces working inside and outside her walls. The second half of Season Six reveals the impact of what living under Virginia’s control has done to each person in this group, who once saw themselves as a family. New alliances will be formed, relationships will be destroyed, and loyalties forever changed. When everyone is forced to take sides, they discover the meaning of, “The End is the Beginning.”’

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 7 “Damage from the Inside” Review

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Alexa Nisenson as Charlie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

“Damage From the Inside” serves as the mid season finale of Fear The Walking Dead’s sixth season. That was not the original plan as AMC halted production of the actual mid season finale at the start of the pandemic. Even so, this episode has a ton of strong performances by Alicia Debnam-Carey and Lennie James.

The surprise reveal at the end made my jaw drop. I will have to admit that because Grace was not on my mind at the time. Grace seems like she is going to give birth at any moment now. Virginia is going to use her as leverage against Morgan. When this does happen, it can make Morgan’s uprising go to a bad turn. That also depends on how many people he can gather to go against Virginia.

Alycia really stood out on “Damage From the Inside.” Especially the scene when her and Charlie was talking about The Stadium from season 4. Timeline wise, it has been almost a year since they were last there. So going back there to look for Madison could be a longshot. The Stadium was overrun by walkers. And I still wonder if Madison is alive.

When we were first introduced to Ed, I thought for a second that it was the same Ed from the Althea Tapes. But it turns out that this Ed is a animal hunter. The collection of his trophies in his shed spooked me out. Ed also attached horns on the walkers to weaponize them. That came back to haunt him later in the episode as the walkers came in. Ed accepted to be eaten by the dead and Alycia, Charlie, and Dakota were saved by Morgan.

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Another scene I like, is the standoff between Strand, Alycia, and Morgan. I thought that Strand aligning with Virginia was just a plot for him to turn on her. But he is a full fledged member. It will be very interesting to see which side he is on once everyone is together against Virginia. All of which, could happen on the next episode.

How Morgan will react to seeing Grace will be something to look forward to. I also suspected that Morgan was the one who took out the rangers because of the way the tree was chopped down. Morgan is doing everything that he can to launch the revolt against Virginia. And so far, the pieces are coming together for his plan.

With Virginia having Grace, and Morgan having Dakota, this situation could be smooth, or deadly. I like this episode and episode 8 needs to arrive ASAP! Fear The Walking Dead’s current season is the best in years and it left me more satisfied and anxious than ever before.

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 6. “Bury Her Next to Jasper’s Leg” Review

Jenna Elfman as June, Colby Minifie as Virginia – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 6 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

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.

Danay Garcia as Luciana, Colby Minifie as Virginia, Justin Smith as Marcus, Craig Nigh as Hill – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 6 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

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.

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 5 “Honey” Review

Maggie Grace as Althea, Austin Amelio as Dwight – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Fear The Walking Dead returns this week with a brand new episode. “Honey” not only delievered as a great episode, it also explored more of Dwight and Sherry’s reunion. Add in Morgan and Al to the plot as well, and you have a well-rounded episode. Here is my review of “Honey.”

Dwight and Sherry’s reunion is not all love and romance. Emotions and feelings from the past is brought up. Dwight found out that she has been with them for some time now. Dwight wanted Sherry to join him and Morgan to take down Virginia, but she is already planning on doing the same thing. The key difference here, is that Morgan wants to take his strategic time and Sherry does not want to take her time.

The three do clash over their ideas. Even Dwight and Sherry did too. Later in the episode, they both talk about their past with Negan as Sherry is still traumatized and hurt by him. I started to feel bad for Sherry at this moment. As much as I love Negan, he put his “wives” through hell when his reign of terror was at his highest point. Sherry also did not want to see Dwight become the person she seen at The Sanctuary. Even though Dwight did change, his old self did come out for a brief period on “Honey.”

While Dwight was interrogating one of Virginia’s men, I looked at it differently as I would normally would. Dwight was trying to get as much information out of him as possible. It was more of urgency than going back to his old self despite how Sherry and Morgan felt it. The Walking Dead universe is known to push a character above a certain limit. And this is one of those scenes where I felt that they did that.

I also love the action sequence early on when they all got back the S.W.A.T van. It is the most action I have seen on Fear when it came to transportation methods. The sequence was a high stakes mission and it really felt like I was watching a movie for a few minutes.

Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Austin Amelio as Dwight – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

My take on Morgan and Dwight’s verbal exchange, is that Dwight waited way too long for results. I could not blame him at this point. Mostly because he has heard all of Morgan’s promises and it lead up to this situation. Dwight wants to take down Virginia as much as Morgan does. But I believe that Morgan is going to do this the right way. I can also say that Dwight was also right for stopping Sherry. If Sherry would have killed those rangers, Virginia would have known. Morgan learned this during the war against The Saviors when Jesus wanted him to take that approach. And now, Morgan is Jesus in this situation.

“Honey” is a strong episode. Dwight and Sherry had a lot of catching up to do. And they did even though it hurts to see them on opposite sides again. I also like that Morgan’s arc is living up to what he said at the premiere episode. “Honey” contains action, drama, suspense, and heartbreaking moments all packed in one episode. The streak continues for this amazing season of Fear The Walking Dead.

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 4 “The Key” Review: A Murder Mystery

Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie, Colby Minifie as Virginia – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 4 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

“The Key” is the latest episode of Fear The Walking Dead. John goes on a mission to find out who killed a resident inside one of Virginia’s communities. While John is investigating, he adds the pieces to the puzzle for his answer.

What I love the most about “The Key”, is that it is a classic murder mystery plot. Since John was a former officer, he uses his critical thinking skills and analysis of the evidence. I believe that is why Virginia wanted him in the first place. John did everything that he could to not only find out who did it, but to also make sure that Janis was innocent.

Garret Dillahunt’s performance on “The Key” is one of the best performances he has done as John Dorie. Garret really convinced me that John can really be resourceful at that situation. I really also felt for John as he did not have any hope of reuniting with June. But they did towards the end of the episode. After Dwight and Sherry reunited, it is also a great feeling to see John and June see eachother again.

Strand tried to play it off that he had no knowledge of Cameron’s death. I suspected that he did due to him acting strangely when John was talking about it with him. The fight between the two is exactly how I pictured it. John getting the upperhand while Strand on the ground getting his ass kicked. It is clear that Strand is much more into Virginia’s way of life than John is.

Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie, Colby Minifie as Virginia- Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 4 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

The last few minutes of “They Key” started with Morgan getting into a car crash. I will have to admit, that crash did made me jump since I did not see it coming. Morgan then fought with the two men that spray painted the grafitti on the first and third episode. One of them had their stomach split open, and the other was piereced through his stomach. What they were both looking for, was the key that Morgan had around his neck.

If that key means something, I would wonder why would the two of them were looking for it. That key would have to open something really good since they both risked their lives for it. Morgan’s fight scenes on both the main show and Fear have always been good so I was not disappointed.

“The Key” took a simple concept of a mystery and turned it into an epic, fleshed out episode. The setting really made it feel life a western and it really fit John. Everything is starting to come together, but we have yet seen the rest of the characters yet. Fear The Walking Dead has had four great episodes back to back. I never thought I would say that, but this season has been amazing so far!

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 3 “Alaska” Review: The Return of Sherry

Maggie Grace as Althea, Austin Amelio as Dwight – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Fear The Walking Dead’s current season has been excellent so far. The structure of an anthology season really works three episodes in. We have seen a reintroduced Morgan, and Strand, Alicia, Charlie, and Daniel in a sticky situation. What made those episodes great, is how they made the previous episode matter and connected to the next episode.

This week, Fear focused on Dwight and Althea. They both have an adventure and a motive. For Dwight, he is still looking for Sherry. For Althea, she hopes to see Isabelle again. When they both entered the building, they were in for something that has yet to be seen in the universe of The Walking Dead. And that is, a plague. Just the thought of a plague during a zombie apoclapse is interesting.

When Dwight and Al went through a weak wall to go to the other side, there were many rats and mice. I had to turn away for a split second because I do not like them with a passion. But the sequence demostrated the fear and urgency that these two had to get through to go to the roof. Austin Amelio and Maggie Grace’s chemistry on this particular episode is something that I did not know that I wanted. And I like their chemistry as friends as it felt organic and natural.

Maggie Grace as Althea – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

What I found sad when I watched “Alaska”, is everything that had to do with Nora. Nora explained that the walkers that were in that building were all co-workers that she worked with. The gut punch happens towards the end of the episode when we see that the state ID Al found on a walker resided from Alaska. And that person was one of Nora’s friends as well (named Mark Jackson). Nora brought out an emotion out of me to appreciate life because it can be taken at anytime.

CRM killed Mark Anderson from the top of that roof. And I believe that this happened based on what happened involving them on World Beyond. Even though Isabelle of CRM given Al the supplies and medicine to take care of the sick patients, they are not to be trusted. Also, did anyone make a connection to Andrea’s walker bite reveal in the comics to Dwight’s infection reveal?

The best moment of “Alaska” is the reunion between Dwight and Sherry. This was a long time coming ever since she disappeared back on season 7 of The Walking Dead. I can say that I was extremely happy when they reunited and I am looking forward to see what happens next with the two. Al believed that Dwight would reunite with her. And that moment is a memorable one. Now we can hope for Isabelle to reunite with Althea.

It has been a while since Fear The Walking Dead has had three straight episodes that are great. And each episode brought something different to the table. Of the three episodes, “Alaska” is my favorite so far! I also have to say that Fear The Walking Dead has filled the empty void on Sunday nights. “Alaska” is a contender for one of the best episodes of Fear and it is totally worth it.

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