In Sunday’s Fear the Walking Dead, Strand did what Virginia believed was not possible, in so doing incomes himself a reward that appeared an terrible lot like a punishment. Read on, and I’ll clarify why.
‘YOU AND I ARE NEVER GONNA CLEAN ANOTHER LATRINE AGAIN’ | As “Welcome to the Club” started, a bunch of prisoners in numbered jumpers was led right into a sugar-processing plant and tasked by Ginny’s Rangers — at gunpoint, natch —to dispatch the horde of walkers trapped behind a door. All of them — the survivors, that’s, not the walkers — had disobeyed Virginia and due to this fact deserved to be in the grave; this, the head baddie defined, was their likelihood to dig themselves out. But the door jammed, molasses oozed out, and one after the other, the Rangers and the prisoners all obtained dragged to their sugary deaths, all apart from prisoner No. 41, Sanjay. After the opening credit rolled, Strand and Alicia, apparently on latrine responsibility outdoors of Lawton (Fear‘s reply to Woodbury?), obtained into it with Ranger Marcus —to the level that Virginia’s teenage sister Dakota (new cast member Zoe Colletti) was moved to intervene on their behalf.
Of course, Strand and Alicia nonetheless landed in sizzling water, in order that they have been ushered into Virginia’s workplace, the place they interrupted the haircut that she was receiving from Daniel, who… whaaat? Didn’t acknowledge his associates in any respect. “His reminiscence’s like a card catalog,” Ginny defined, “however the playing cards are all blended up” since he tried too onerous to maintain Skidmark with him, and issues obtained ugly. (Not my Skidmark! Ginny, you bastard!) As for the duo’s punishment, Virginia was going to ship them “someplace that higher fits your pure abilities” — in different phrases, the sugar-processing plant. Before they have been pushed there, Strand expressed his pity for Daniel. “You advised me to bear in mind who I used to be in right here,” mentioned Victor. “You cannot even do the similar.” In response, the barber gave Strand his St. Christopher medal to ease the heavy burden that he appeared to be carrying.
‘HOPE YOU’RE STILL BREATHING WHEN I GET BACK’ | At the plant, Alicia and Strand have been reunited with Charlie, who was being punished for making an attempt to run away, and Janice. What had she finished? The higher query, she mentioned, was “what did they catch me doing?” In no time, Strand determined that they have been going to take over the place. But that was going to be powerful to do when the walkers have been coated in syrup like Homer Simpson’s sweetest dream and worst nightmare, the Rangers had weapons, and although there have been extra prisoners than Rangers, they’d solely spears and s–t. Also, one among the prisoners was Sanjay, who admitted that when the bloodbath went down, “I used to be simply the a–gap that watched.” Definitely B-team materials. As Strand and Alicia have been discussing their plan and whether or not to abort, they found that they’d not solely gotten a supply of pointy objects, they’d gotten a stowaway — Dakota, who revealed not solely her tie to Virginia however that she was most positively not a fan of her sib.
The teenager was, nevertheless, a fan of Strand and Alicia’s. She’d seen their outdated tapes; that was why she was certain they’d assist her escape from Lawton. And at Virginia’s, she’d overheard all the things, about the weapon at the plant that the Pioneers’ chief wished so badly, the deal that Victor had minimize with Ginny — all the things. Deal? requested Alicia. The one wherein Victor gave their nemesis the SWAT van in change for not being separated from Madison’s daughter. “Daniel advised me to bear in mind who I used to be,” he reiterated to Alicia. Well, being along with her helped him do this, to stay somebody in whose eye he may look. Hard to be mad at a motive like that. Sooo it was agreed that they’d clear the walkers, get the weapon and use it towards Ginny. Easy peasy. Only it turned on the market was a full-blown horde behind that door, and earlier than you could possibly say “change of plans,” issues had began going south.
(*2*)’THEY’LL CHOOSE FRESH MEAT EVERY TIME’ | Sanjay, as he was wont to do, froze, Charlie obtained yanked backwards by her ponytail and almost bitten — Dakota leapt into the fray to save her, thank goodness — and shortly, the Rangers have been all being ripped limb from limb. (No huge loss, that.) When Strand ran outdoors to honk a horn and lure away the walkers, he discovered Sanjay hiding in the van. Since the zombies wished nibbles, not noise, Strand reverted to his outdated methods and — whoa — stabbed Sanjay, utilizing him as reside bait to distract the walkers lengthy sufficient for Janice and Alicia to get the Rangers’ weapons. “You mentioned you wished you had the guts to rise up to [the Rangers],” Strand mentioned to his sufferer earlier than anybody was round. Well, “at this time’s your day to be a hero.” And additionally dinner. “I attempted to cease him,” Victor lied to his associates, “however that is what he wished. He did this for us.”
At any price, the group now had entry to the thriller weapon, which…did not really exist! Dakota hadn’t made it up, she simply hadn’t recognized there was no precise weapon. “The factor I’m on the lookout for ain’t right here,” Virginia advised Strand when she arrived. “It’s you, a real chief. You are the key.” With that, she offered him with a Pioneers key — he was now an official Scout — and knowledgeable him that he’d simply shaped a military. He may do with it no matter he wished, however come time for “the huge show… y’all finest be prepared.” Whatever “the huge show” was. As the episode neared its conclusion, Charlie tried to jog Daniel’s reminiscence with the Traveling Wilburys — to no avail. Afterwards, Alicia discovered that Strand was protecting Janice the place she was, on laundry responsibility, whereas sending her away. He now not wished to bear in mind who he was. He could not. “To do all the issues that I want to now, for all of us, I’ve to overlook that individual,” he advised Alicia, “and I am unable to do it with you by my facet.” With that, he gave her the St. Christopher’s medal that’s clearly going to be the season’s sizzling potato.
‘YOU LOOK LIKE YOU COULD USE A HAIRCUT’ | In the hour’s last moments, Daniel waited till Ranger Hill had pushed him outdoors the gates of Lawton (en route to Paradise Ridge) to “bear in mind” that he’d left behind his finest scissors. When the Ranger went again to retrieve them, the barber whistled… and somebody whistled again — and killed an approaching walker. “Much obliged, pal, if in actual fact you’re a pal,” mentioned Daniel. Oh, it was a pal alright, it was Morgan! Not solely that, however Daniel acknowledged him. “I believed it was you she was on the lookout for,” mentioned the barber, as sharp as his razor. So, what did you consider “Welcome to the Club”? Strand’s return to the darkish facet? Charlie’s near-miss? So far, I’m liking this season significantly better than final. You? Hit the feedback.