AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
Season 4, Episode 7: “The Wrong Side of Where You Are Now”
Directed by Sarah Boyd
Written by Melissa Scrivner-Love
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Just in Case” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, ” No One’s Gone” – click here
John Dorie (Garret Dillahunt) is shot, and Naomi (Jenna Elfman) aka Laura tends to him. She gets help from Morgan (Lennie James), who can’t leave his new buddy hanging, especially not bleeding from a bullet wound. More gunfire erupts all around them. The Vultures and our crew fire at each other. Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) is dying to get at Naomi, but Strand (Colman Domingo) tries to keep her focused, so she doesn’t get out into the line of fire.
When Mel (Kevin Zegers) and his people start running, Naomi rushes for the medical supplies. He gets out of her reach. Then Alicia uses a grenade to blow the ambulance he’s in near to bits. This also leaves John up shit’s creek. Luciana (Danay Garcia) also runs into young Charlie (Alexa Nisenson), almost shooting her before the little girl escapes.
While everything’s going down Althea (Maggie Grace) keeps filming. Until Morgan convinces her they need to help John, or else he’ll die. Lucky for them she has the SWAT truck. This holds Alicia off, for now. At the same time, Morgan finds Charlie in the road, offering her a ride: “It‘s the only way you don‘t die.” SO MANY THINGS SWIRLING AROUND AT ONCE! Lord. Kinda dig it, though— chaos.
Jump back to the ballpark. Madison (Kim Dickens) oversees the whole operation, everybody working away planting crops and maintaining the place. It’s nice to see her and Nick (Frank Dillane) together, after knowing he’s dead in the current day. Bittersweet, I suppose. At the gates, Charlie shows up saying she needs help. Part of the cycle of violence which later erupts, and continues erupting. Something Morgan’s actively trying to cauterise right now.
Looks like Mel survived – barely – through the ambulance explosion. He’s crispy, crawling into the road. Alicia questions him about Naomi. He can’t tell her much in that shape. So Alicia puts him out of his misery.
Back again. We see the group at the ballpark go with Charlie out to a bus in the road, where there’s a crash. A little sketchy. Mel’s knocked out in the driver’s seat, there was a fight in the rank of the Vultures. Nick is rightly sceptical— Madison is willing to help, she won’t stop offering goodwill instead of pessimism. All so ironic, because we know where everything’s headed.
The crew chain Mel up and take Charlie back with them. Naomi tends to his wounds. Mel thinks the place is going to fall. Because elsewhere, the Vultures have loads of walkers in trailers, gathering them up. And the dead may soon get unleashed on them. Those flags with the numbers are tallies for the zombies collected. If so, that means there’s hundreds and hundreds. Meanwhile, Mel tries to talk his way into Naomi’s good graces, hoping to convince her to come with the Vultures to avoid something bad he feels is coming.
It starts working. Naomi suggests to Madison they “think about leaving.” This doesn’t sit with the mom, who wants to give her children something they could call normal. Y’know, in a post-zombie apocalypse-type of way, right?! It’s delusional, much as I love Madison. She just doesn’t see all the dangers lurking. Eventually it’s going to wreak havoc.
“I’ve been on the wrong side of where you are right now…”
By his request, Mel is let free— Madison allows him to go, though she refuses to let Charlie go out there with him. She won’t concede to everything Mel believes. He doesn’t see good people existing anymore, gone the way of the dinosaur. If anything it’s as if Madison wants to prove everybody wrong more than she actually wants to keep doing what she’s doing. She isn’t a tyrant, she genuinely wants to help people, to a point it’ll make her vulnerable and stubborn.
Not everybody agrees with Madison’s perspective. Charlie isn’t happy Mel was sent away injured, despite it being his call. This prompts Nick and Alicia to go looking for him, after they hear him over the walkies likely going unconscious at the wheel of his vehicle. Little do they know the horror on the edge of being dumped onto the ballpark. There are trucks and trucks filled with zombies, with Ennis (Evan Gamble) leading them.
Alicia and Nick find Mel in bad shape. They also witness the trucks heading to the stadium. They radio back to Strand and everybody’s readying themselves for whatever comes next. Madison and the others stand at the gates. Only one truck pulls up. Then another, and another, with progressively larger trailers. The parking lot quickly fills up— Convoy of the Living Dead! All the walkers are let loose. Nick and Alicia and Mel are in their vehicle, still outside the walls. A thousand walkers stumble out for the gates, and the Vultures light fire to go along with the pre-oil-covered zombies. Good lord.
What will Madison choose to do from here?
In the current day, Althea – a self-professed “chick with layers” – finds a place for their group to take a rest: the stadium, the scene of a fiery massacre with swarms of charred walkers. Perfect.
Another solid episode for Season 4. Fear the Walking Dead – for Father Gore – is better than The Walking Dead currently, it’s gotten progressively better, and most specifically in this season alone. Can’t wait for more, as usual. “No One’s Gone” is next time.