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Fear the Walking Dead 408: the midseason finale yields flaming zombies

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Jun 10, 2018

Rather than just recapping the most recent episode of Fear the Walking Dead, each week we are going to break it down into the most interesting, weird, delightful, and mind-boggling bits.

This week, we take a look at Episode 408: "No One's Gone." Check out our breakdown of last week's episode here.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

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Source: AMC

Welp, Madison is dead.

I called it in Episode 3. Madison is dead. She died a hero. According to the story pieced together by Alicia, Victor, and Luciana, the three of them, plus Nick, were in the stadium parking lot when the Vultures let loose their army of zombies. The kids had to figure out a way to get into the stadium, but interestingly enough, that is not where the problems came in. The problem became the people that Madison tried to save, the people she invited to live with them in the stadium. She promised them that the walls would hold, that they would be safe in the stadium. But the people didn't believe her; they panicked and exited the stadium.  

Unsurprisingly, the caravan of people didn't make it to safety. Madison saw only one way to save her kids: She lit a flare and lured the zombies into the now-empty stadium. If the walls were strong enough to hold the zombies out, they could also hold them in. She locked herself in the stadium with the horde of zombies, then set them alight with her flare. The oily zombies went up in a huge fireball, taking Madison with them.

Does fire not kill zombies?

I understand that fire wouldn't kill a zombie in the same way it would kill a human. But you have to imagine that the fire would eventually burn through to the brain, and cook it enough to render it dead. Right? In any case, in The Walking Dead universe, apparently zombies are fire-resistant.

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Source: AMC

Time line

Okay, let's try to clear this up a little bit. Madison's encounter with Al took place in that long stretch of time between Season 3 and Season 4, after the destruction of the dam. Then Madison reconnected with her kids and set up the stadium as their home. The Vultures attacked the stadium; Madison died. Alicia, Nick, Luciana, and Victor eventually meet up with Al, Morgan, and John, and then it is all the "NOW" timeline.

I still don't know how much time took place between Season 3 and Season 4. I guess it's not so much how much time has passed, and just accepting that Fear is now ahead of TWD in the timeline.

Naomi's real name

She told John her name was Laura. She told Madison her name was Naomi. Now, on his deathbed, Naomi tells John her name is June. So... I guess we are calling her June now? It's better than "Liar Girl," I guess.

Why was Alicia so mad at Naomi/June?

I got the sense last week that there was something missing from the Naomi story, because Alicia suddenly seemed really mad at Naomi. This week, Alicia tries to kill Naomi on multiple occasions, and I'm still not sure why. The best I can figure is that Alicia blames Naomi for Madison's death, when all that happened was Naomi thought everyone was dead, and she ran to save herself. Victor finally comes out and absolves Naomi of all the guilt that Alicia piled onto her. He never seemed to blame Naomi for Madison's death. Why didn't he say that earlier? Why didn't he try to reel Alicia in?

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Source: AMC

Overall feelings on the first half of Season 4

Fear is starting to slide backward. I hated Seasons 1 and 2, then was pleasantly surprised at the uptick in Season 3. But Season 4 -- so far -- has been trying. It retreads a lot of the basic storylines of TWD. We do get a great new character (John), but we also get a really annoying character (Al). Seriously, I just want to punch Al. Frankly, I am glad they are clearing house of the old characters. Season 3 got better when they killed off Travis and his son; maybe now that Madison and Nick are dead, things will get even better. We are down to two original characters. Things don't look good for Victor and Alicia...