Warning: General spoilers ahead
Last week, I told everyone to pick their jaw up off the ground and get ready for round 2, and boy, was Sunday’s episode the mother of all shockers. In just a couple of hours, the ranch was literally wiped out and all because Troy was a little butt hurt about being asked to leave. Damn, boy. The good news is with the exception of Jake, all of our core characters survived. Well, if that made you relax and gave you a warm-and-fuzzy that everyone was now safe, I hate to be the one to tell you that is most definitely a false sense of security. Yes, folks, get ready for round 3.
The silver lining in all of this is you won’t have to wait long in Sunday’s episode for that big punch in the gut. Before even the opening credits, another shocker will be dropped in your laps, which will kind of set a gloom-and-doom stage for the remainder of the episode. Yep, some strong bourbon may be in order come Sunday.
However, the opening scene isn’t the only piss-your-pants moment in the episode. Some of the other characters, particularly Nick (Frank Dillane) and Troy (Daniel Sharman), have some scenes that are equally stunning. Because it seems like ages ago, it’s easy to forget that Nick was once an addict. After all, the last time we saw Nick abuse drugs was back in season 1, and even when he had access at La Colonia, he took the high road and instead, used his skills as a dealer to try and benefit the community. Unfortunately, I’m very sad to report that Nick officially falls off the wagon in this week’s episode. To make matters worse, he not only steals some oxycontin pills, but he steals them from someone who’s dying. Nick, you officially suck.
Then, he decides to drag Troy down and take him along for the joyride as well. With pills in one hand and tequila shots in the other, Nick gets beyond wasted, and it’s actually quite sad to watch given how far Nick has come. During these very chaotic scenes, we also learn that Troy doesn’t drink (which makes some sense given his father was an abusive alcoholic), but Nick does finally convince him to try the pills. So, now, we have not just one but two boys high as a kite, which in the zombie apocalypse, is quite dangerous. On the upside, Troy doesn’t down nearly as many pills as Nick, and so, when Nick decides it’s a cool idea to cover them both with walker guts and walk through a mini-horde while laughing and singing at the top of his lungs, it’s Troy who stops Nick and brings him back down to earth. Yes, while it may pain some fans, it’s actually Troy who’s the hero in the episode.
What’s more, it’s not just Nick who seems to fall back to his old ways this week. After Strand (Colman Domingo) has a falling out with Madison (Kim Dickens) at the trading post on how she handles a tense situation, he storms off and in another streak of bad luck, gets himself captured by the infamous “Proctor” once again. However, this time Madison isn’t there to bail him out, and so, now, the big question is what will Strand do? Will he turn on his friends and sell them out, just to save his own ass? Well, next week is the 2-hour season three finale, and given how mind-blowing the last few episodes have been, all I can say is hope for the best but definitely expect the worst.
Episode 3.14 of Fear The Walking Dead is titled “El Matadero” and airs Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.
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