AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
Season 4, Episode 6: “Just in Case”
Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Written by Richard Naing
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Laura” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “The Wrong Side of Where You Are Now” – click here
We see a man scavenging every last thing he can in an old gas station. He’s surely one of the Vultures. Outside, he gets surprised from behind by John Dorie (Garret Dillahunt). Our cowboy advises him not to get too crazy, or else they’ll get down to a big draw. This man listens, turning to face him, and Morgan’s (Lennie James) there, too. But he soon moves too quick, getting a finger tip blown off in the process. He knows John’s serious now.
Back to the truck, with Althea (Maggie Grace), Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), Luciana (Danay Garcia), and Strand (Colman Domingo). Al doesn’t like them asking her questions, it’s not part of their deal. This is a tense relationship, which isn’t progressing too fast. Nevertheless, they’re all depending on each other, in one way or another.
Things get tense with John, when the man tells him he knows nothing about Laura aka Naomi (Jenna Elfman). Morgan intervenes, in hopes that he won’t witness another killing. The whole thing makes Mr. Dorie feel bad, so he gives up his guns to his new pal.
“I just want to know she didn’t suffer, that’s all.”
Jump back to a time before. The group at the baseball stadium are trying to figure out their next steps. Strand and Cole (Sebastian Sozzi) have hit the point of no return, no doubt; the latter has figured out exactly who Victor is, and it’s a painful process. In the meantime, Madison (Kim Dickens) keeps trying to hold the community together, specifically due to the food shortage issues they’re facing. Worse, the Vultures keep on circling outside their walls.
Naomi talks about a place where she used to stay, where there could be “military rations” or “seeds” left. She wanted to go on her own because it could be dangerous, but everyone found her out. They’ll go in a crew. Nick (Frank Dillane), Luciana, and Alicia keep an eye on the fort.
On the road, Madison, Naomi, and Strand find some things that are useful. They get to know each other a little more, telling Naomi about their trip together so far. She’s a bit reluctant to talk about her own. She does reveal she wasn’t going to find seeds or anything earlier, she was, in fact, leaving. This pisses Strand off more than Madison, so he wants to keep a closer eye on Naomi. The next morning, she’s gone. She goes to a place that was marked as a FEMA Checkpoint during the zombie apocalypse. Inside are tons of zombies.
Madison and Strand are divided on what to do. He tells her the truth about the car he was packing full of things to keep in case he was going to run. She refuses to believe that some people “can‘t be saved.” She refuses to give up on the good in the post-zombie apocalypse world.
At the checkpoint, Naomi winds up having an emotional moment. In turn this causes a potentially dangerous situation with a horde of walkers. They’re all people she knew once. She manages to climb up some scaffolding to get away. But she’s trapped, as well. Soon, Strand and Madison bust in, trying to help. Naomi refuses, telling them to take the truck outside with a bunch of good inside. Madison won’t have it, and Strand can’t turn his back, either. After some danger, they all get out alive.
We find out about Naomi’s little girl Rose, how she got sick. Then, in the night, Rose died while she was out getting medicine, she turned into a walker, and this caused the whole outbreak. Sadly, it resulted in the whole FEMA Checkpoint falling. Such guilt Naomi’s carrying around on her shoulders. Between then and meeting this group, she met John. Such an excellently written season so far. Intense and smart and interesting, all around. Personally, I dig Fear the Walking Dead more than I do The Walking Dead at the moment (even if I still love the latter).
Back at the stadium, Alicia, Luciana, and Nick go to talk to Mel (Kevin Zegers). Just as mom gets back with plenty of supplies to stuff in the Vultures’ faces. Seems as if Mel and his people are heading out, realising they won’t be able to wait this group out. Obviously not the last we’ll see of them.
For a moment, things are feeling good. Madison tells Alicia to pack a vehicle full of things, a weapon, and to put it near a getaway point. “Just in case,” she says, exactly like the mantra of which Naomi spoke.
Jump back ahead. To now. Alicia waits by the roadside watching as the others gear up with weapons. A van approaches – it’s John and Morgan. The crew, aside from Al, aren’t happy to see the men. Not long and a caravan of people show up – The Vultures. Mel and his people step out, armed to the teeth. It’s a genuine standoff. A real surprise comes when Naomi turns up, in contact with the Vultures. John’s happy to see her, whereas Alicia’s angry – she shoots at Naomi, but John steps in front of the bullet. He takes it right in the ribs. Oh my god. PLEASE DON’T DIE, JOHN DORIE!
I can’t take this. I hope he doesn’t die, he’s my favourite new character. Lord, this ending really turned things up to 11, no? Can’t wait for more. “The Wrong Side of Where You Are Now” is next time.