Fear the Walking Dead episode 401 - Morgan

Fear the Walking Dead season premiere breakdown

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Apr 15, 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 401: "What's Your Story?"

Was this an episode of The Walking Dead?

It was disconcerting to open the episode with all our friends from TWD. It didn't even feel like Fear until Alicia and her group show up in the final scene.

It was weird to watch this episode before the final episode of The Walking Dead (ah, the glory of press screeners). Even now, as I am writing this, I haven't seen the final episode of TWD. Morgan kind of spoiled it for me - he says "they won" the war, and I assume Morgan left the Hilltop because of the Henry debacle. But I feel like something else must have happened to send him running. (Of course, wondering about this is totally pointless, because by the time you read this, we will have all the answers.)

Fear the Walking Dead episode 401 - Garret Dillahunt as John

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Garret Dillahunt plays a cowboy - again.

I love Garret Dillahunt, but it is kind of odd that he is playing what is essentially a cowboy - again. Previously he has appeared in Deadwood, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Arkansas Traveler, Justified, and No Country for Old Men. All outright westerns, or arguably modern westerns. Either way, I love the role.

John also comes across like a more "normal" Eugene. They have similar speech patterns. The way he talks about Laura makes me think he isn't great with women. But so far, John is way more loyal than Eugene. Plus, he loves popcorn. I want to know more about the "ton" of popcorn he has, and why he has pairs of popcorn-themed socks.

Maggie Grace, Fear the Walking Dead

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Althea

We meet another new character tonight: Althea, a "journalist" who wants everyone's stories. She may have been an actual journalist, or she might just be someone who wants to record the end of civilization/the beginning of a new civilization. Either way, I find it sad that Morgan is so dismissive of her, but something really jacked up must have happened to him in the season finale of TWD. Plus, Al drives a really awesome SWAT van.

Are Alicia and her group playing "bad guys" to check out new people they meet or did they actually become bad guys?

The timelines in both Walking Dead franchises have always been a little wonky, but this episode of Fear has to take place at least three years after last season's Fear. A lot can happen in that time, and I'm sure we will see what happened to Alicia, Nick, Victor, and Luciana. My biggest question is, have they become "bad guys?" Are we supposed to hate them as they steal and murder their way across the country? I like that idea. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of any TV main characters who started out as the heroes, then became the villains, with no chance of redemption. (Like, I know Willow in Buffy was a villain for a season, but then she came back to the good side.)

Fear the Walking Dead episode 401 - Morgan and Althea

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The time-jump is disconcerting. 

When FTWD first started, it was advertised as showing us how the zombie apocalypse started. This felt like a bit of a misnomer, because the show started with a few, isolated cases of infected, then jumped a few weeks where half the population was dead and the military had already quarantined the survivors while they blew up areas that were overrun by zombies. After that, the landscape became way too similar to The Walking Dead. 

Now, it seems that FTWD has time-jumped ahead of its predecessor. Morgan has already left the Hilltop (or the trash heap) and journeyed to Texas. Since he walked at least half the way, it had to have taken him weeks. So that officially places it after TWD in the timeline. Is this going to be the new normal? Will the next season of TWD take place after Fear? Are they on the same timeline now? 

What are your thoughts on the new season of Fear the Walking Dead? Hit us up in the comments!