– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When we last left the Clark/Manawa family they were all running in their separate ways away from Celia Flores compound. After Travis realized his son Chris was mentally unstable to bring him back to the family, he decided to take his son away to try and find some normalcy again.  Nick who had became a believer of Celia’s prophecy that this was all God’s will ventured out on his own after he felt betrayed by his mom.  Madison took the rest of the family and friends away from Celia’s burning compound with the hope of staying together to survive.  

“Grotesque” was a Nick focused story that allowed us to understand his background a little more.  Nick out of all the characters we have been introduced to in the entire Walking Dead Universe seems to be the one who is the most comfortable with the Walkers.  This episode tried to tie together his actions now to the events from his past.  We learned that Nick’s trouble with drugs stemmed early on in his life from an absentee father.  The turning point for the Clark family was the sudden death of his father whom Nick did not get to see because he was in rehab.  This tried to explain why Nick feels comfortable walking with the dead.

Nick had to endure walking over 100 miles in the desert with no supplies, being attacked by wild dogs, running away from the Murderous Outlaws, and avoiding being attacked by a mob of walkers.  Of all the characters on the show Nick has become the most resourceful at staying alive.  The most intense part of the show came when Nick covered himself once again in blood walking with a herd when the Murderous Outlaws showed up again.  With the Outlaws taking out the herd one by one it seemed that Nick was going to either get shot or captured.  Walking in numbers turned out to be the saving grace for Nick as he was able to survive the assault of the Outlaws

At the very end of the episode we are introduced to a colony that has found a way to survive in the early aftermath.  From our experiences in The Walking Dead we know that it will only be a matter of time for this utopia to collapse.

After a three month hiatus this was an interesting show to start off the second half of the season.  â€œGrotesque” focused on how the events of the past have such an impact on preparing us for future events. This show is trying to expand more about the psychological effect of each individual when they are on their own.  In The Walking Dead we haven’t seen a lot of the characters on their own except right after the assault on the prison. Fear The Walking Dead is trying to expand using the Mexican culture how to embrace death.  After one and a half seasons this show is really starting to separate itself from The Walking Dead.  

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.