Two back-to-back episodes capped off the second season.
The second season ends not in a bang, but a snooze
Season 2, Ep. 14 & 15 – ‘Wrath” & ‘North’ | Aired October 2, 2016
by TS Alan
Fear the Walking Dead ended its fifteen episode, second season with two back-to back episodes that saw the Clark/Manawa family dealing with loss, exile and a search to unite with Nick.
‘Wrath,’ the first episode in the two-part finale, mainly focused on Travis and his grief over Chris’s death. We also finally get the end of Chris’s former traveling companions Brandon and Derek, who are the two most hated characters on the show for being two millennial racist assholes. Travis beats them into finally admitting the truth about his son’s death. “We killed him. We put him down. We had to.” It was a gory end to Brandon and Derek, especially brutal and fitting for Brandon. Travis caved Brandon’s head in with a boot. Unfortunately, Travis injured Oscar in the killing spree.
A few other nice bits of gore also accompanied this episode. A zombie ripped off a guy’s face and Nick dispatched an adversary by putting thumbs through his eye sockets.
‘North,’ the second part of the season finale, flip-flopped back and forth from Madison at the hotel and Nick in La Colonia. It was rather a dull episode, even with the El Pelicano Boyz finally meeting their end — an uninspired and dull end. Marco was true to his word, he came to La Colonia to take over. However when he arrived, he found the town empty. The residents had fled with Nick and Luci ‘North,” leaving the dying Alejandro behind to spring a trap. As Marco and his men reached the heart of the town, Alejandro drove the bus away from the walker pen, thus unleashing hundreds of walkers on the unsuspecting bandits. You really wanted to see Marco and his crew get ripped apart, but all you get is a glimpse of them as zombies toward the end of the episode.
Meanwhile, at the Rosarita Beach Hotel things go sideways for Travis, Madison and Alicia, when Oscar dies from his injuries. Travis is about to be killed in retaliation, when Alicia draws first blood. The three are rescued by Strand, but Strand opts to stay behind. Travis, Madison and Alicia drive ‘North’ in their quest to find Nick. They find Alejandro instead, who with his last breath tells Madison, Nick went ‘North’.
At the end of the episode we find Nick and Luci at the Mexican/US border crossing. As the group crosses into the US, they are ambushed by a militia group. Luci is shot in the stomach, leaving viewers with a mediocre cliffhanger. Mediocre because we get no epic ending, everyone runs away, except Strand. We do not know Strand’s fate or that of the refugees in the parking garage.
Understandably the residents of La Colonia fled their town because they were out gunned and many were children, but Madison & Company made no effort to take back the hotel from the people she invited in. This show is all about the emotional journey of the characters, a drama first and a zombie show second.
Fear the Walking Dead will not have the longevity of The Walking Dead if they don’t kick up the action a bit and go lighter on the melodrama. There can be a balance between the two, The Walking Dead television series is proof of this.