The Mary Sue Post: FTWD Recap, “Cobalt”

SPOILERS AHEAD! If you haven’t seen the latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead, read on at your own risk!

Image credit: AMC
Image credit: AMC

We are one episode away from the Fear the Walking Dead season finale, and I am more torn than ever. I want to love this show, I really do, but every time I see things start to pick up, the show seems to sputter to a start. After last week’s episode, I was certain the pace would pick up, I’d become more invested (or at least slightly begin to understand) some of the characters, and FTWD would become my newest zombie obsession.

While the action did pick up a bit in this episode with a torture scene, I had a tough time understanding why the character made such a HUGE jump from regular life to torture–the show tried to explain it to us, but that explanation felt rushed. Almost all of the character and plot development feels rushed. We’re staring down the finale, and if I really think about it, I can’t really think of a character that has got me invested in the story. I’m pretty torn. I love zombies, and my love for The Walking Dead has got me excited about a potential second story in this universe, but I’m not feeling like FTWD is delivering. Here’s an excerpt from my recap on The Mary Sue:

Over at the hospital, things are as bleak as we all feared. Nick is being held in a literal cage with a couple other men, Doug and my new favorite character, Strand. Doug is clearly not doing well, and is feeling a lot of guilt over leaving his family—a guilt that Strand plays on by assuring Doug that his wife’s looks will help her survive. Momentary disgust aside, we start to see that Strand is carefully playing each and every individual around him to ensure his survival.

We see him not only making deals with the guards to ensure his own survival, but he also makes deals with the guards to ensure the survival of his fellow patients—like Nick, for instance—to add to his list of people who owe him favors. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see a huge amount of Strand in this episode, but his keen sensibilities paired with his borderline slimy manner of manipulating the room officially makes him the most fascinating character on the show. His sass game is also hella strong. If he rejoins Madison and her family, he could really provide a strong backbone to the group. Fingers crossed that they don’t kill him in the season finale next week.

While the living conditions for “regular” patients like Nick are grim, we follow Liza into the inner rooms of the hospital to see the real story—where critical patients and patients with bite marks are taken. It is here that we learn that the soldiers and doctors are well aware of the most effective way to down a walker—taking out the walker’s brain—and they are also aware of the fact that a person who dies will turn in a matter of moments. This is, of course, a lot more than the average citizen knows…

Head over to The Mary Sue to read the rest, and let me know what you’re thinking about the series. Are you getting in to it? Will you be watching next season? Let me know in the comments. 

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