AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
Season 3, Episode 13: “This Land Is Your Land”
Directed by Meera Menon
Written by Suzanne Heathcote
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Brother’s Keeper” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “El Matadero” – click here
Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) faces a new situation, as a type of leader rather than someone surrounded by those leading. She takes on a new responsibility, with everybody stuck in the pantry bunker. People are worried, some are missing. Outside is the constant gnash of undead teeth, the walkers scratching at the door. There’s also a bite inside, too. Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) and Crazy Dog (Justin Rain) show Alicia they’ve got other troubles, there’s no airflow through their vent. If they don’t do something, they’ll run out of air.
Out in the wilderness, Troy (Daniel Sharman) and Nick (Frank Dillane) are dealing with the aftermath of Jake’s death. They’ve got to figure out a way to help the people in the pantry, or else all is lost. Inside, Alicia and the others plan fast to try getting the air flowing again, and time is slipping, fast. Only way to buy time? “Fewer people.” They’ve got to “put down the bitten” – dark irony, coming from a militia man’s who’s been chomped.
Alicia levels with the others in the pantry about their predicament. She asks people who’ve been bitten to come forward. Nobody moves, until soldier boy reveals his bite to everybody, prompting others to do the same. For Father Gore, this is one of the more unsettling, subtly chilling moments of the entire series. It’s not often even ONE person will admit to their bite, let alone a handful.
Still, it ain’t easy. Some are very troubled by the process. However, one brave man steps up to take his morphine, to then be put down in as humane a way as possible. Alicia and her militia sidekick give him the dose, and after that he’s given quiet death. Although it isn’t so easy for the new leader to do, she takes it like most normal humans would, nearly going to pieces.
But Christine (Linda Gehringer) urges her to keep on going: “I know it‘s Hell, but those people have done their part, you need to do yours.” Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Sadder still, she has to put down her helper when they’ve finished their work. Just dreadful.
Nick and Troy put another grenade in the distance to push the walkers in their desired direction, the latter getting a few thrills from driving through crowds of zombies. Soon, they crash, not far from the military chopper. They manage to get inside before they’re mobbed.
Down in the pantry, Christine and Alicia try keeping their minds busy, talking about their lives before the ranch, the younger of the two talking about the bond she shares with her brother, who’d do anything for her in the world.
Soon, the air quality’s getting bad, people are going unconscious. Alicia can barely see straight, too. Very scary shit. Particularly once she spies someone eating another person, reanimated, hungry. A weakened Alicia manages to pull out her knife, nearly getting a bite herself before falling over and driving her blade through the woman’s head.
That’d be fine, if there weren’t a bunch more people coming back from the dead nearby.
In the meantime, Crazy Dog and Ofelia are heading through the vent. He nearly hyperventilates, but she calms him down. We discover he was in Iraq, came back likely with PTSD. Occasionally has attacks, like that one. After going further, climbing up a grate, he goes limp and they fall together, a walker tumbling onto her. She has to pull out her gun, blowing its head off. Safe, for now.
Alicia comes to and finds more walkers, all around her. She kills as many as she can, trying to save Christine who’s passed out. Not sure if the old gal will make it either way. But our girl, she’s determined. She gets to one of the assault rifles then starts firing. Bad ass.
Nick and Troy get the chopper started, chopping a few zombie heads off. Eventually they smash the glass and start grabbing for the boys. As Troy’s starting to contemplate one of them using the remaining bullet, an explosion goes off.
Downstairs, Madison (Kim Dickens), Strand (Colman Domingo) come for Alicia, clearing out the rest of the dead. They all leave together. So it’s safe, relatively, again. They’ve got to head out for the damn once again come morning. Walker (Michael Greyeyes) and Madison tell Ofelia about her father being alive, that they’ll take her to see him. Likewise, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Nick must tell Alicia that Jake died after a bite. YET… Nick lies to his sister, for Troy. If only to spare them a big confrontation; that’ll surely come back to kick his ass later.
Problem is, Alicia’s losing faith. She’s lost it, really. She knows there is no place that’s safe, no matter where they go: “We die as quickly together as we do apart. I need to find a way to life, for myself. And I can‘t do that running in fear.” She wants to go on her own, someplace else, where she and Troy talked about together. And so, the family’s split up, familiar territory for them all. Nick offers to go watch her a while, to make sure she’s safe, scout the surrounding areas.
For everyone, it’s on the road again.
Dig this episode. Claustrophobic, terribly creepy at times in that pantry. Lots going on, emotionally and plot-wise. Can’t wait for more with “El Matadero” next week.