Fear the Walking Dead Mid-season 2 Finale Review
Burn baby burn. Burn that mother down.
Season 2, Ep. 07 – ‘Shiva’ | Aired May 22, 2016
by TS Alan
“Shiva” is pretty lame when it comes to mid-season cliffhangers as compared to those of AMC’s flagship show The Walking Dead. Sure we got some bloodshed of shorts in the end. Travis got booted out of the Abigail compound for shooting his zombie bitten lover in the head before he turned. And we did finally learn all of Daniel Salazar’s (Rubén Blades) secrets, just before he burned the Abigail compound to the ground. However there was a lack of bloodshed and zombie action for a cliffhanger episode, leaving you with a sense of if that’s all they’re going to give me, then why should I keep watching.
The problem with season two of Fear the Walking Dead, is it suffers the same problem it has had since episode three of season one. Few of the characters have been fleshed out and the ones that have been are given little to do or end up dead. With the exception of Victor Strand (the best character on the show) every other character seems content with being followers and to only act when someone else has acted against them first. This is not the way to survive an apocalypse, especially filled with not only the living dead but also with people who will do anything to get what you have.
Added into this lack of character development is the philosophical attitude the show has taken on about the undead. We have children taking to walkers like they are still friends and the compound caretaker keeping walkers in a caged wine cellar. If you believe you’ve seen something similar to this you’d be correct. Hark back to season 2 of The Walking Dead in which Hershel kept his son and neighbors locked in his barn, or how Lizzie in the shows episode “The Grove” treats the undead as friend. As Walking Dead fans, you know how both scenarios ended — the misguided ended up dead.
So what do we get in the end? Here’s a recap [spoilers]: Travis almost puts an end to his son’s life after the emotionally disturbed kid attempts to kill a child but is thwarted by his father, and then moments later tries to stab him. Knowing his son Chris can not go back to the group, Travis and Chris go off to walk the wilderness together because a boy needs his father. Madison locks Celia into her wine cellar full of walkers, but we never get to see the carnage. Daniel burns down the compound and himself. Madison, Alicia and Ofelia are rescued by Victor, who had been ousted from the compound moments prior to the fire. And Nick, whose gone from druggie to devout believer in the undead aren’t truly dead, refuses to go with his mother and sister because they don’t believe as he does. It was a rather lackluster ending without something gripping to make you want to come back for the second part of the season.