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The apocalypse can do a lot to challenge your ideas of fate, love, and hate.
This week, Scarlett and Axel are diving head first into these debates, as they are
finally reunited following several trials and tribulations on each of their
parts. Axel is still reeling from finding and losing his sister, while Scarlett is
motivated to track her own down before she does something terrible. Despite their
issues, though, the two are happy to be back together, at least for now.
That happiness doesn’t last long though, like most things when you’re fighting for
your life, as an encounter with a pack of Daywalkers leaves Axel injured and blinded.
Scarlett turns to a nearby stranger for assistance and they patch Axel up enough to
get him out of the woods. But injury also means infection and there’s every
possibility Axel won’t make it to the other side.
While Scarlett frets over Axel’s condition, their new friend pulls her into a
conversation and debate over faith and fate and luck and what you can and cannot
hold onto when the world has gone to hell. He is very religious, at least he is these
days, and believes that everything is part of God’s master plan. Scarlett is far less
inclined to chalk things up to the man upstairs because if this is his plan then he is
not someone she wants to get to know very well. That stance is tested, however,
when faith and temperance turn out to be the correct decisions more than once
during their stay.
With Axel getting worse, they set out to find him some antibiotics, which they locate
in an abandoned ambulance. They aren’t quite enough to save him, though, and
Scarlett, unwilling to accept Axel’s near-certain death or to carry on without him and
leave things to chance, grabs a wounded Daywalker and forces him to bite Axel, an
action which, astonishingly, cures him. Things settled, at least for now, Axel and
Scarlett continue on their mission to save Vanessa from herself.
Elsewhere, Jolene and Flesh are having a bit of an adventure of their own as they
attempt to stay alive when things go awry on their trip to Loveland. When one of the
other prisoners breaks out, Jolene and Flesh have to fend for themselves while also
handcuffed together. The two use the time to bond over their shared relationship
woes, and Jolene tells Flesh that if he really wants his wife to forgive him, he’s going
to need to forgive himself first.