The Clark clan is actually falling to items. The two-hour season finale of “Fear the Walking Deceased” concluded with a literal explosion. The survivors we’ve been following for three conditions scattered like a lot flotsam and jetsam.
The finale is really two one-hour shows back to back again: “Things Bad Begun” (compiled by Jami O’Brien, aimed by Andrew Bernstein) and “Sleigh Ride” (compiled by Dave Erickson and Make Richard, aimed by Andrew Bernstein).
While it probably will never do that in conditions of ratings, I think it could finally did that in conditions of history. Resetting the story along the Mexican boundary for season three, and portraying a collapsing but nonetheless nominally operating world, is a trick that proved helpful.
Recent shows have been most likely the best of all the three times. The central grievance of “Fear” was that it surely got to the zombies too fast which it didn’t show enough “before” time. What we’re discovering now though is the actual collapse. Companies have failed, and folks are trying desperately to prop things through to their own. Some, like the doomsday prepping Ottos, were ready for this; others, like high-school direction counselor Madison Clark, weren’t.
Yet, Madison continues to be here, and the Ottos are gone, as is their Broke Jaw Ranch. Madison and her children have been moving via a society held alongside one another by only the thinnest strands, from the Abigail mixture, to Broke Jaw Ranch, to the Gonzalez Dam, and even to a bullring converted into an open bazaar run by way of a bike gang called the Proctors.
Unlike in the other show, this clan is not sticking collectively – at one point, even Nick magic aloud whether his own mother would destroy him if pressed.
Despite both of them having a loner characteristics, they quickly became fellow travelers. This brings about more problems. While Alicia’s driving them, another vehicle full of bandits comes out of nowhere and rams them. Girls run off the bandits, however, not before one of these whacks Diana’s calf with a bat, breaking a bone.
Alicia brings her to the only place she can think of, the bullring. A doctor there sets the leg, and is impressed by Alicia’s capability to assist him. Would she assist him with another patient? That patient actually is Proctor John, the leader of the street motorcycle gang, and the charges for screwing the surgery is loss of life. It’s too late to leave and Alicia is trapped into subscribing to them. Alicia helps John through the surgery and becomes something of any good-luck appeal to him.
Back at the dam, we find out what deal Strand made with John, and it’s an undesirable one: he agreed to help them infiltrate the dam, in trade for John allowing Madison and Nick go free. That is a steep price to pay and Strand is aware that if Lola – the Queen – or her enforcer, Daniel Salazar, find out, he is dead.
There are so many confrontations and frictions in both time. Troy and Madison have a unusual reconciliation that won’t keep going. Daniel suspects Troy was in charge of the herd, and interrogates Nick, with very serious dangers of torture to come (fortunately for Nick, he’s a good liar). Madison finds out that Troy helped bring the herd – and kills him. Strand and Daniel, never the closest of friends, finally come to blows – with Strand placing a bullet right through his jaw, and presuming he’s dead.
On the other hand the Proctors are shifting the dam, intent on taking it over and rendering it the crown jewel of their new kingdom. Lola has learned she can’t simply out-muscle them, but she may possibly defend the dam, and can certainly line it to blow as a final hotel. The detonator for the explosives goes by through several hands, from Troy to Madison to Strand, and finally to Nick.
The growing season finale is not really a perfect two hours. It’s surprising to state the least that you of the only real institutions still standing is a street bike gang, with designs by using an empire stretching across the U.S.-Mexican border, from the Gulf to the coast. It’s also a little convenient that Walker and Crazy Dog leave, only to keep coming back at a key point in time and save Nick, and then leave again. As challenging as Daniel is, how is he in a position to not be even bothered by way of a bullet that tore through his jaw? And exactly how is Procter John even able to walk by any means, after having major back again surgery?
Those are quibbles, really, because the bigger plot points were permitted to play out. Strand double-crosses everybody, and sees it through. Madison actually kills Troy after exploring that he led the herd to the ranch. After wiring the dam with explosives, Nick grabs the detonator, threatens to blow the whole lot up – and then actually does it, even while he’s standing on top of it.
The episode closes on all of that water finally flowing freely through a parched countryside, with Madison cleansing up only the concrete loan company of an riverbed. The tiny clan we were introduced to in season you have been completely torn asunder. The dam is fully gone. The Proctors might be, too; we have no idea. Presumably, Nick, Alicia, Strand, and Daniel even with his shot jaw remain alive, but we don’t see them.
Next time we see this group – season four was already bought by AMC, and may even add a crossover with “The Walking Dead” – they will be starting from damage yet again.