Maggie Grace as Al on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. I have been a fan of Maggie Grace since the days of Lost and I was beyond excited when she joined the cast of Fear TWD. That being said, you never know how long a character is going to last on either show, but Al is proving to be a bad-ass survivor and a strong female character you do not want to mess with! Please note some spoilers are ahead.
I have been intrigued by Al’s story since season 4 of Fear TWD and I find it interesting that she has been so focused on recording the stories of others, but yet she keeps a guard up around herself. In season 5 episode 5, we finally get an Al centric episode and explore her character further, which is something I have been anxiously waiting for! We learn more about her past, the mysterious Bog #7 tape, and we witness Al finally opening up to those around her, realizing that perhaps there is more than just the story. There’s the chance at a future and Al realizes that shutting people out is not always the solution.
What’s next for Al? We’ll have to wait and see, but she did lie to the rest of her group about the helicopter and her encounter with Isabelle. We can assume that Al is doing this to protect them, but will keeping this secret cause more problems later on? We’ll have to see how this unfolds, but I was extremely happy when Al decided to let the group know her full name: Althea Szewczek-Przygocki. Try pronouncing that three times fast! Even though it may not seem like a lot, it’s a huge step for Al’s character and it reveals that she is finally ready to let others in…one step at a time.
Maggie Grace blew me away this week with her performance. She was real, inspiring, and heartfelt. I love TWD universe because it’s not just about the walkers and the chaos going around. Similar to Lost, it’s about the characters. As we peel back layers of their past, we learn more about them and start to bond with them so much, truly sympathizing with everything they have to go through and that’s what makes these shows stand out. I don’t always connect with every character, but I have to say that Maggie Grace continues to impress me in every role and has really proven that she is an incredible actress with a lot of range. I can’t wait to see what she does next!
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