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Fear the Walking Dead Recap: You Have the Right to Remain Violent

It ain’t easy being a Travis in a world full of Chrisses. And, in Sunday’s Fear the Walking Dead, it got even harder. Though the dutiful father tried valiantly to steer his son back from the brink of madness and amorality, the teenager did what, post-apocalypse, we’d have thought damn near impossible: He fell in with “the wrong crowd.” As a result, he wound up crossing a line over which it seems like it’ll be hard — if even possible — to cross back. What did Chris do now? Read on and find out!

HIGHWAY TO HELL | Early on in “Do Not Disturb,” while Travis hotwired a car, Chris happened upon what appeared to be a robbery/double murder, and, rather than sensibly sneak quietly away, he much less sensibly swiped some supplies from the thieves before getting busted, taking out a coupla walkers and at last exiting stage left. Since that night Dad remained blissfully unaware of what had transpired, he attempted to bond with Chris by offering unwanted reassurances that, by and by, the world would “come back to the way it was” and letting him take a crack at driving. (But, of course, the budding psycho was more interested in contemplating swerving into a possible survivor/possible walker than he was in discussing parallel parking or three-point turns.)

fear the walking dead season 2 episode 10After finally the car ran out of gas, Travis and Chris were roughing it around a campfire — Liza shout-out! — when who should roll up but the robbers/murderers? Then and only then did Chris admit to his pop that, oh yeah, BTW, dinner was stolen — from these guys. No biggie, said the threesome’s leader, Brandon. “We’re not gonna hurt you over some refried beans.” On the contrary, after joining Travis and Chris, Brandon praised the “major badassery” that Chris had displayed with the walkers — or the wasted, as Brandon, Derek and Baby James called the infected (since the zombies moved like they were plastered). Connecting with this trio more easily than he ever had with his father, Chris naturally wanted to hitch a ride with them back across the border. Travis naturally did not. He suspected that they were dangerous. “Maybe,” replied Chris, “that’s what it takes” now.

PLAYING CHICKEN | Riding with Brandon & Co. only as far as the next town, Travis was so clearly displeased to see how well Chris was getting on with the frat boys that their leader attempted to illuminate for him the upside of the apocalypse. “We were less than,” Brandon noted, “but now? The end times made us gods!” Stopping at a farm, Chris pleaded with his dad to not to separate him from his new BFFs by remaining there and sending the dudes along their merry way. “They look at me different,” Chris said, leaving off words like “… than Madison, who it looked like I was gonna let get bitten, and Alicia, who it looked like I was gonna stab to death.”

Surely, Travis wasn’t going to change his mind. But, before it really became an issue, he realized that the owner of the farm was still alive and well — and probably wouldn’t be thrilled to have trespassers. When indeed the group came face to rifle with the angry farmer, Travis did his best to defuse the situation, assuring the man that they’d leave and pointing out to Chris and his cronies that they had no right to be there. Unfortunately, Chris and his cronies didn’t give a damn whether they had the right. When Baby James staked a claim by breaking the neck of one of the farmer’s chickens, the man shot the trespasser and, in turn, was fatally shot — by Chris. Afterward, Travis couldn’t even bring himself to take his son’s hand to be helped up from where he had crouched next to the victim. Travis’ expression? Battle lost.

fear the walking dead season 2 episode 10 alycia debnam careyCHECKING OUT? | Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Alicia’s fruitless search for Ofelia got her driven into an elevator shaft by walkers. For a moment, it looked as if she might fall to her death (or worse), but in the nick of time, she was saved by Elena, the hotel employee that we learned through a flashback had, with nephew/co-worker Hector, locked in those ill-fated wedding guests when the father of the bride had suffered a heart attack and turned. Whoever has the keys to the hotel, she explained, could now control it by, basically, herding the walkers wherever they wanted them. Let’s do that, then, Alicia suggested — to find her mother and, while they were at it, Hector, who’d never returned from a food run. Though Elena was nervous about it — she hadn’t been downstairs since the end of the world — she couldn’t argue with Alicia’s logic. They had to team up or “die up here.”

Downstairs, amid the ruins of the wedding party, Elena confessed to Alicia how she’d “contained” the situation, thinking that help would arrive eventually. (Ah, if only… ) “We’ve done worse,” Madison’s daughter replied. So, should they bump into any vengeful survivors of the reception, “I won’t let them touch you — I promise.” Right on cue, the duo were confronted by the bridegroom and his mother-in-law, who traded Hector for the keys to the hotel. Then, to escape, Alicia released the bar full of walkers that we’d last seen interrupting Maddie and Strand’s happy hour. Almost at once, the disadvantage of not having the keys to the hotel became apparent, as Alicia, Elena and Hector were cornered by walkers. Luckily, when they cried for help, the door opened — it was Maddie and Strand!

So, what did you think of “Do Not Disturb”? At this point, are you assuming that Chris will be one of the “huge deaths” the cast teased at Comic-Con? Hit the comments.

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33 Comments
  1. JP says:

    Finally, FTWD gives us a character. Alicia!!! She had balls, brains, gusto and took charge… Hope producers notice… I loved the line, “we’ve done worse.” She acknowledges that sh*t happens during the Zombie apocalypse. No judgement, just lets move on to task at hand. At this point, she deserves lead status of the show

    • Unimpressed says:

      No no and hell no!!! Alicia should so have been killed off already,I’m just gutted she wasn’t in this episode, so close!! I couldn’t stand her in the beginning and I still can’t stand her now and how can someone go from being so brainless to clued in just like that? Unrealistic. Also, what’s the point in the actress being made the lead of a show that’s only limping along when she was a million and one times better on the 100 (which also got a 90 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes I might add). You’re wasted on this show girl, this diabolical character is ruining you, get out before it eats you alive!! Also, she’s so not a patch on Rick, leader of TWD, I wouldn’t follow Alicia Clark if you paid me, I think I’d surely die. Ps, if anyone shows promise as a leader, it’s Nick. PPS, still a terrible, terrible show, can’t wait til TWD comes back to kick it’s ass.

      • How does someone go from clueless to clued-in? Zombie apocalypse where you have to fight for your life.

        • Skeptical says:

          Nope, not really buying it. Zombies or no zombies, Alicia as the new ‘hero’ is quite a silly concept. After all, this is the girl who screamed expletives at her brother for having a seizure for crying out loud and rolled her eyes, threatening to abandon him {which I found offensive and I’ve hated her since then). She’s also the type who wanders down dark corridors despite the fact there are strange noises coming from them and also the type who flirts with unknown strangers on radios, nearly getting her family killed as a result. So moody Alicia as our new ‘hero’ ? Nah, won’t buy it. If anyone should be the star, it’s Nick. He still gets criticism but it’s good cause he’s not finished growing as a character yet. He’s a broken man right now but in the future his weaknesses may become his strengths (if this show has a future that is). Alicia may have finally gotten to grips with handling a knife but it’s not like she’s any Arya Stark here. So far, the only ones I’m really rooting for are the zombies.

  2. Em says:

    This show is painfully boring. The pacing is way off, the cast has no chemistry, and everything seems so anticlimactic. People keep telling me to ‘give it a chance’ but I’m really close to giving up on the show. Even when TWD had that boring s2 – the characters were still interesting to me.

  3. Fxo says:

    Thank God! Alicia u gave more light to FTWD than any of the other one hundred characters have. I think she can easily carry the weight of this show just by her own. This actress is hell good!

  4. A. D. says:

    Alicia and Strand are the only 2 characters I can stand…the rest of the show is boring as anything.

  5. kipperbernie says:

    Chris was annoying until he established he was a not just annoying, but a budding psycho (he killed that kid on the Abigail). Well, he’s still annoying, but now its clear Chris is representative of the Governors/Negan/Wolf people – they all probably started out like a Chris – fundamentally wrong, waiting for an opportunity to bloom into their full potential. How long will it take that Chris develops into a full blown Governor and one of his family has to take him out? Probably his dad. Lots of dramatic possibility there.

    • AngelWasHere says:

      Yeah the Chris storyline is actually pretty interesting. I see dear ol dad being the one to put him down. It’s too bad next week is going pick back up with Nick instead. Well from the looks up it will.

    • M3rc_Nate says:

      I was really bummed when I saw that his dad (Travis) didn’t stand up over the farmers dead body, look at his son in the face and say “You’re dead to me” then walk away, going back to search for the group he left (his GF, Strand, etc). I’d love for us to see in Chris’ face (if the kid has the acting chops) that moment shoot a crack through his mind. Chris was already on the edge, but hearing the one person in the world he loves (his mom is gone, he’s got no one but his dad) say he’s dead to him would fundementally break something in him.
      .
      Then, we don’t see Chris for 2-3 seasons. But 2-3 season from now the group (Travis, etc) are in the Mexico/So-Cal area and they encounter a big gang like group that have their own home-base and roving patrols and such. They look through binoculars from a distance and they see the leader…it’s a older, different looking (make his look really gritty like he’s been through a lot) and he’s basically FTWD’s Governor. The big bad.

  6. Shaun says:

    Woo!Alicia finally unleashing her inner Lexa!

    • Jane says:

      No way!! Lexa rocks way more than Alicia Clark that’s for sure, there’s no comparison whatsoever. A personality transplant overnight is so unbelievable and I still don’t warm to her. Totally disagree with you there. Still miss Lexa though. Hope this show gets cancelled or something so she can go back to the 100……and fast. TWD also still winning by a mile.

      • KCG19 says:

        She’s not going back to The 100. Lexa is dead. Which sucks because she was the one of the best characters on there but she’s gone. Accept it.

        All people have done is complain that these characters are dumb and too slow on the uptake and now the complaints are that they’re changing too quickly. It’s the apocalypse. People figure out pretty quickly how to survive (unless they’re Travis)

        • Lexa Deserved Better says:

          Actually, I don’t think a return to the 100 for Lexa is impossible at all. If I remember correctly, Lexa/her conciousness WAS resurrected, if only briefly for the 100 finale. It’s sci-fi so really anything is possible, it can be done again. Also at comic con, the 100 writers said that they would consider altering plot lines in the future for a possible Lexa return if Alycia wanted to come back. And besides, if Alicia Clark is gonna be the new captain of this show, then this show is basically the Titanic. Down and down and down it goes. So Alycia may very well have an epiphany and realise this sooner rather than later. She was adored as Lexa but something is going terribly wrong here, it is not working out and feels unnatural watching her as this character. Lexa was where she truly shined and perhaps always will. Also, for people trying to use the zombie apocalypse as an excuse for Alicia’s sudden ahem, ‘transformation’ of sorts, an apocalypse is no excuse for stupid people to become less stupid overnight and it is a bit naive to presume otherwise. The writers are obviously desperate and are just hoping desperate people depraved of entertainment will buy this. I certainly am not. Truthfully, she still sucks.

  7. AngelWasHere says:

    The Hotel parts were confusing and a bit weak. So these people (Alicia, Strand, etc.) were stuck in different parts of the hotel all night?! And where in the world is Ofelia? I actually enjoyed the parts with Chris and some hotel stuff, so it wasn’t a terrible. Just meh. Something to watch.

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  9. Babygate says:

    This was one of the best episodes this season. Alicia is giving me someone to root for. Madison is ruined by the weak men she surrounds herself with but she’s still pretty compelling. I was surprised that they had Brenda Strong and only gave her a minute of airtime. Dare i hope that she will stick around? She has played really strong roles. She could totally be Fear’s Carol. Everyone else should be replaced. Chris is a total psycho. Let’s see how his story will play out. Nick is completely self-centered and unapologetically dismissive of his family and his attraction to death and twisted personalities is disturbing. Ofelia is like wallpaper. She brings nothing to the mix and Strand is creepy. Travis lives in a fantasy and walked away from Madison way too easily. Hard to believe the producers missed the mark to this degree. It’s like they don’t realize that the appeal of TWD was always the characters. They are heroes we rooted for from the beginning. The characters in Fear are so unlikeable and really have no chemistry at all. Kirkman and Co. need to rethink the characters and get better writers if they hope to keep their viewers.

    • KLS says:

      I agree with most of your points. If they enhanced Brenda’s role, I would be happier. Her and Alicia should be the main female characters. Madison is disappointing. Travis is a wet blanket. They want him to be like Rick with his parental instinct, but he doesn’t have it in him. I was hoping that they would bring in some stronger actors and it seems like they may be trying to fix this thing. Other then the slow Travis parts, this ep was one of the better ones.

  10. Banana says:

    I honestly wanted to like the show. They try to build up suspense but it always ends up anticlimatic. Doesn’t help that there isn’t even one character that I am rooting for (Strand isn’t as annoying as the rest but still meh). I was hoping the show would pick up after the break but it’s still boring. I’m out!

  11. Lynnee says:

    Alicia you are,badass!! ! The way she plays with the,knife is wow!!!

  12. KLS says:

    I don’t get the thing wth the keys. Who cares? If you were in a hotel with 500+ walkers, wouldn’t you just get out of there?

  13. MelodyAZ says:

    This show has succeeded in making me despise Chris and Travis. At this point I dont want them to reunite with the group. And Travis is a complete moron. They should have NEVER split the group up so so soon.

  14. Lisbeth says:

    God, I hate Travis ( and his son ) so much. Just kill him off already!!!

  15. Cate53 says:

    After mooching around like a moody teenager for a season and a half, they finally gave Alycia Debnam-Carey something to do after impressing so much as warrior Lexa on The 100. She was so strong and charismatic in The 100 so hopefully they will keep writing her as more pro active as she was in this episode.

    Fans of The 100 will know Debnam-Carey’s last interaction with Brenda Strong on that was was pretty memorable so it was great to see her pop up. She’s a classy actress (and always easy to spot as she usually towers over everyone!) so no surprise they have her for more than just the cold flashback opening,

    Psycho in training Chris needs dumping with his irritating frat boy pals!

    • Jackson101 says:

      Fans on the 100 still want her back on the 100 instead by the looks of it. This show isn’t doing much for her. Only halfway through season 2 and she’s only starting to show a little promise now? Way too late. Fans of this show are getting excited over the smallest occurrences cause it has been so slow for so long. I got bored along time ago and moved on as soon as I caught the first glimpses of her on this. Bye bye Alycia Debnam-Carey. Fandom out.

  16. Terry says:

    How is this show still on the air?

  17. Sanu mondal says:

    Wow, great News.Really thank you!

  18. Jenna says:

    Ok so the finale has basically been spoiled for us. Chris is gonna die and actor is moving to Agents of Shield. I have to hand it to him, he was the only one smart enough to get out of their while he could. I hope Alicia goes next, it would be such a pleasant surprise if they killed her off too.

  19. Lin Sally says:

    All the Spanish talk w/subtitles is getting old; plus most of the time you can’t read the white words on light backgrounds. If I wanted to watch a Spanish TV show I would go to a Spanish station. If Fear continues with all the Spanish next season, I will no longer watch.