Shiva, the mid-season finale of Fear the Walking Dead opens with an extremely brief flashback/dream; Daniel looks like he had a rugged life. He’s not having a great go of things present day, either. Neither is Strand, for that matter, as he’s being battered verbally and physically by the Celia, mother of Luis, the man Strand had to put down one week ago. It’s a tense scene, but this is how the world is now.
Elsewhere we spot Travis looking for Chris, who went full 5150 last week. Travis asks Alicia to search for the boy, but she wants nothing whatsoever to do with the nut job. She woke up with him standing over her gripping a knife, needing a little space sounds reasonable. Oddly enough, Chris looks like he’s just continuing on in his spiral. He’s armed.
Madison makes sure her kids know that the locals don’t want them there on the land. She may be a bit paranoid, and she may be perfectly accurate of her assessment of the situation. Either way, she wants everyone back on the boat and in motion ASAP.
Chris remains lost for a while, Travis continues hunting. Nick gets all decked out in blood and guts again and he goes out to get the zombified body of Celia’s son. He brings her back and Celia appreciates it. Celia wants Nick to stay, but she doesn’t want his family there. Eventually, she caves and gives everyone a pass to stay, though she’ll hold Nick responsible for anything terrible that may happen.
It’s obviously an emotional episode. We’re seeing glimpses of backgrounds, new interesting relationships developing and situations changing.
Nick also seems to be growing overconfident, which can’t be good. He’s the heart of this machine. And he’s also in trouble, because Daniel’s busy flipping out like half the others, and he slices up one of the locals. Nick may have to pay for that little maneuver.
Strand spends the episode digging a grave for Thomas. He’s hurting, we can see it. We also know that he’s got designs on getting back on that boat and getting away from that island. Before that happens we get a makeshift funeral for Thomas. It’s strange seeing Strand look so vulnerable and weakened.
Travis finally catches up to Chris. Chris is being his no-good self, holding a family hostage. He then gets into a tussle with Travis, pulls a knife and attempts to kill his own father. He looks Travis right in the eye and tells him “I’m no good.” That’s evident.
We cut away to see Daniel being held captive. He looks a little roughed up, but he’s no doubt seen worse days. He and Celia have an intense little showdown, as she attempts to get him to tell her who he really is. It doesn’t work.
Back to our little conflict between Chris and Travis. Nick shows up to get Travis. And Travis tells him that Chris can’t go back with the others, therefore he cannot go back, either. He tells Nick to tell Madison that he was unable to find either Travis or Chris. Nick leaves, not another word said.
The episode nears conclusion and Daniel has really, really lost it. He’s now having an extended conversation with his deceased wife. Things get deep, too, as Daniel recounts, to a degree, the first time he committed murder.
We jump over to Madison and Celia, and get a little bit of a surprise. Celia leads Madison below ground to show her that they’re storing countless walkers. Madison pulls a little trickery and leaves her locked away with the undead. Is Madison planning on overthrowing the entire place? Looks possible.
Strand gets booted from the property. Daniel breaks free, getting into a storage area loaded with walkers. He sets the place ablaze and stands still while the flames swallow him too, visions of his wife, the last thing he sees. The entire place goes up in flames. Half the group is separated. Strand gets to a truck, as does Madison, and Alicia. They’re making a mad dash for the truck, but Nick refuses to join them. He finds more comfort among the dead, which is actually a powerful statement.
So, we head out of the first half of season two knowing that Travis and Chris are off on their own. Nick’s walking among the dead and Madison, Strand, Alicia and Ofelia are headed back for the boat. We’ll see what direction the story heads in a handful of months when the show returns for the remainder of season two.