‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Recap, Plus Showrunner Defends Polarizing Character Deaths, Highlight Hollywood News

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As promised to our readers, “Fear the Walking Dead” picked up the pace on Sunday’s second episode and began its tightening of the stories, and death and despair are all over Los Angeles as the lights went out in L.A.  Following a brief pre-credit sequence, the episode – titled “So Close, Yet So Far” – begins with Maddie, Travis and Nick fleeing the scene of Calvin’s gory resurrection. Fearing for the safety of their kids, the two parents frantically call Alicia and Chris, while Nick searches the radio for news about the horrific outbreak.
A plan to escape to the desert is quickly made.  Maddie finally reaches Alicia, who says that she’s at her boyfriend Matt’s house. In the middle of their conversation, the phones suddenly die. Later on, the lights and power will go out as well. In the world of “The Walking Dead,” this is how society ends: not with a bang, but with a gradual loss of electricity.
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Meanwhile, Chris gets an emergency call from Travis, but he ignores it.  Chris is stubbornly screening his calls trying to figure out what is going on, Maddie, Travis and Nick beg Alicia to go with them, and away from her boyfriend’s sickbed. A gory bite on his shoulder reveals the cause of his illness. For a brief moment, Alicia drops her guard and tells Matt that she loves him. It’s a rare sympathetic gesture, offering hope that perhaps there’s more to her than we’ve seen so far.
While Alicia deals with Nick’s heroin withdrawal, Travis drives to his ex-wife Liza’s house in search of Chris, who’s gotten himself involved in a downtown police protest. Before long, the first wave of dead walkers makes their lumbering appearance and all hell breaks loose. Fleeing the violence, Travis, Liza and Chris take shelter in a barbershop run by Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades).FTWD_So_Close,_Yet_So_Far
Later, Maddie searches the deserted high school for drugs that might help ease Nick’s pain. And here’s where this episode truly comes to life… so to speak. Then she accidentally sets off the school’s metal detector, which builds to a point of concern for Maddie and the viewers.  The writers seem to know which characters to pick to tell their story through, knowing that viewers will be on the edge of their chairs.
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The episode ends with Maddie, Nick and Alicia locking themselves in for the night, while horrific screams echo through their once-peaceful neighborhood. A few miles away, Travis and his estranged family listen to the sounds of police sirens and car explosions from the dubious safety of Daniel’s barbershop.
Some fans were quickly turned off by the police shootings on unarmed citizens, so why was this important to show? The showrunner Dave Erickson said, “Ultimately, we’re not trying to polemicize; the show isn’t polemic. What we tried to think of is how it would manifest. If people were turning, if they were attacking people in the streets, what would the response to that be? If the police and then the military were to come out to deal with an issue, what would their response be when they’re dealing with a walker who is obviously not going to back down. There’s something about the perception of that as people are trying to wrap their brains around what’s going on. It was us trying to figure out what the logical progression would be, centering on this time when Rick was in his coma. What were the steps that led to the cops coming out? What were the steps that led to the SWAT teams coming, the National Guard coming — which is something we explore — and what would be the larger police and then military response as things start to unravel.”
“Fear the Walking Dead” airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. only on AMC.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AMC
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