Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 5 episode 3: “Welcome to the Gulch”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 3, I realized that “there’s words and there’s action” and that it’s always possible for one’s luck to turn around.  You may think that you are on the right track, but what if you discover a new path on the way?  Do you abandon that former journey or do you circle back and chase down the past?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Humbug’s Gulch,” John Dorie and June walk into the wild wild west of walkers and discover another possible threat.  Meanwhile, Alicia tries to get through to the kids over the walkie with Morgan and Luciana’s support.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 3 are:


“Welcome to the gulch…”

John Dorie and June come across one of John’s old stomping grounds, Humbug’s Gulch, bringing us right into the wild west.  There’s even a brothel (which apparently just serves soup), a dust storm, and a gun fight to really make you feel like you are in the middle of an old Clint Eastwood movie, but our favorite cowboy, John Dorie, does not disappoint.  John is very familiar with this place, even though theatrics were never really his thing.

June seems interested as well and wants to know if John was a good guy or a bad guy, as they search for suitable weapons and supplies.  John seems focused on getting out of there before they run into more trouble, but this definitely set the scene for a much needed date night for our favorite couple.  Maybe we could do without the walkers though…


“We should be comparing notes.”

John and June run into some trouble at the Gulch and in walks our old friend, Dwight.  Hooray!  I’m really happy that we did not have to wait that long for this crossover, as I have been anxiously waiting for it to happen since the season premiere.  Dwight cuts right to the chase and asks them, “Where is she?”  We quickly learn that he is referring to his wife, Sherry, who he has been trying to track down for quite some time.  John and June are such amazing people and they recognize that Dwight is just trying to find his lost love, which is something they are both very familiar with.

John reasons with Dwight to get him to take a breath and calm down so that they can all get out of there together.  Dwight listens to reason as introductions are made and he even gives us a few laughs when he asks John if his last name is “like the fish?”  I guess John’s not the only one to make that connection.  It was also hilarious to see John’s reaction to Dwight referring to the dead as “walkers,” but small talk will need to be put on hold, as they try to get out of the wild west alive.


“You don’t have to do it alone.”

Meanwhile, Alicia and Luciana can no longer hear John and June over the walkie, but they do come across a channel that the kids are using.  Dylan, Max, and Annie are still out there and Alicia is determined to help them, even though they repeatedly tell her to stay away.  After a few tries, Alicia decides to just have a real and honest conversation with them.  She tells them, “I know how much you’re hurting…it’s not because I’ve been there.  It’s because I am there.”  Alicia confides in them about losing her own family, trying to make some sort of connection with them.

I thought this moment was extremely important for Alicia because she has been bottling up her own feelings for quite some time and this was very therapeutic for her.  Not only does she have the chance to reach someone else and help them, but she also takes the time to talk about her own feelings, which is not always easy to do.


“You’ve got another chance right now…”

John sets off a unique distraction with the piano, as they make their way out the window, only the roof is not going to support their weight for long.  Dwight jumps off the roof, but ends up hurting himself, but he makes it to the car he has been searching for.  Only now, the car is completely surrounded by walkers.  Dwight takes out the note from Sherry which reads:  “West on 30,” accompanied with an infinity sign.  Dwight believes that this is the car from the registration, but he cannot find another message from Sherry, as defeat and hopelessness now overwhelm him.  All hope is not lost; however, as June radios over to him and reminds him that he has another chance right now and that they have all done things they are not proud of.

John and June keep Dwight’s hope alive and get him out of a jam, as John shows off his impressing shooting skills and we even get to witness the famous “San Antonio Split,” which was quite entertaining to watch.  After all, this is apparently only the second time he has been able to pull this off!  Later on, John approaches Dwight and explains that the VIN did not match up and he believes this is not the car and it is possible that there is another one still out there, reminding Dwight not to give up.

John and June have so much goodness within them and I was so happy to see them share a kiss as well, reminding me why I ship these two so much.  They really could have their own movie together, as they have such an epic and beautiful love and they inspire others with it…including me!


“We’re all trying to start over.”

At the end of the episode, everyone meets up again and Morgan and Dwight cross paths.  They are shocked to see one another and Dwight immediately tries to explain his past actions, but Morgan stops him and tells him that he doesn’t have to say it, explaining that they are all trying to get a fresh start now.  Alicia asks Dwight to show them how far he got, as they have been trying to figure out what is going on with this perimeter made out of walkers.  The perimeter is quite overwhelming and our favorite characters are ready to get to work to figure out what is on the other side, but they are interrupted when Annie and the others try to reach Alicia over the walkie.

They start to head back to the truck stop, but find Dylan hurt in the van.  Max and Annie are not there, but we quickly learn that they are not so innocent.  We cut to them asking, “Do you think they bought it?”  They continue working on the walker perimeter, but what is their end game here?  Are the children the big bad and how is this connected to Al?  What are their intentions for our group? We know they want them to stay away, but why?  What are they hiding?

This is not the first time we have come across corrupt children in TWD universe who were too far gone to understand right from wrong, but I’m interested to find out more and if there is any room for change.  I also am quite impressed if these three kids were able to do all of this alone, but is someone else pulling their strings?  And if so, who?  I can’t wait to find out more!  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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