Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 14, Wendell reminded us that “bad shit happens when you try to help people,” but that doesn’t mean that you need to give up on others even if they have given up on you. While we can understand the actions and motives of others, it takes true strength and courage to be able to continue to help, especially when we know that others may not do the same in return. So do we become like everyone else or do we continue to do good deeds in the world even if there is no one left to appreciate it? Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet. In last night’s episode, “MM 54,” we learn that the mysterious lady villain is named Martha and we witness how she started down her dark path of destruction. Meanwhile, Morgan tries to protect the group, Jim kills his first walker, and Alicia tries to keep her promise to Charlie. My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 14 are:
“I don’t help and neither do you.”
In the beginning of the episode, we are at mile marker 54 and witness the lady villain, Martha, in a car with her husband. Her husband has been injured severely and is losing a lot of blood, but Martha tries to stay positive and frantically waves at cars passing them by. “Someone will help us. Someone will come.” Only the reality of her situation sets in all too quickly, as no one bothers to stop and help her. Martha encounters a walker and takes it out and watches her husband die. She eliminates the threat when he turns and buries his body. In a heartbreaking moment, Martha lies down next to the fresh grave, feeling helpless and weak. We also witness her pacing back and forth and talking to herself as well, as she encounters an emotional or psychotic break. Later on, we see one of the trucks stop by the road to leave a box and Martha viciously kills the woman. She continues on her journey and takes out many of the volunteers, trying to get closer and closer to “polar bear,” the man who started it all. We also finally witness how Martha intercepted Morgan’s radio call when she hears him at the truck stop and initially thinks he could be the infamous “polar bear.” While we witness the creation of a villain before our very eyes, it is truly heartbreaking to see that Martha was once a good and loving person. Is it too late for her to be redeemed, however?
“I didn’t agree with their code of conduct.”
Morgan and the others seek out shelter at a nearby hospital after Martha opens fire on their truck. The truck explodes and there is a large group of walkers headed their way, leaving not much room for error. June wants to ensure that those who are hurt are all right and Wendell is down a wheelchair as well. Luckily, they are able to catch their breath for a little while and Wendell gets a new set of wheels. During this time, we learn more about Wendell and Sarah’s past. Wendell reveals that he saw a car coming and pushed someone out of the way to save them. Even though he had a hard life ahead of him, Wendell thought it was his purpose to help other people. When he tried to join the Marines, the recruiter laughed him out of the office, refusing to even take his application. Sarah revealed to Al that she was in the Marines, but she left not on the best of terms. We later learn that Sarah left because of what they did to her brother, Wendell. While Al does not have her camera with her, the stories of others are still important to share, as we get to know Sarah and Wendell a little bit better. While they initially seemed only selfish, we now understand more about them and realize that they are good people deep down. They may be flawed and confused, but they are slowly coming around to doing the right thing.
“She’ll find a way up here.”
Morgan is nervous about staying in the hospital for too long and before he knows it, the walkers get in and all hell breaks loose. Morgan quickly makes the decision for everyone to head upstairs, but the stairs are blocked on several entrances, filled with the dead. Sarah and Al make their way up to the generator to get the elevator started, which is their only hope at this point. Al makes the courageous decision to go alone and tells Sarah to get back to her brother, proving once again that she is a hero in the making. Al gets the elevator started in just the nick of time and everyone makes it to the roof, but Al is left behind. While they cannot get through to her on the radio, Luciana says, “She’s smart. She’s resourceful. She’ll find a way up here.” Al has spent so much time hiding behind her camera and the stories of others and she is now creating a story of her very own, getting very much involved and putting her life on the line to save others. Let’s hope that she will find a way out of there safely.
“He asked for my help. To save him.”
When the walkers break in, Jim gets his first real encounter with one and begs Morgan to help him. Only Morgan is a little busy fending off several at that point and tells Jim to hold on. Jim is pinned to the floor and manages to finally kill one, realizing now how difficult this truly is. Jim has survived all this time by avoiding situations like this and even contemplated running ahead of the group to safety, but ultimately had a change of heart and stayed with everyone. However, Jim has been very quick to place the blame on Morgan whenever things don’t go their way. When they get on the rooftop, June takes a look at his cut and discovers a bite mark on Jim. Jim is beyond devastated and says, “I have beer to make,” refusing to accept his fate. June explains that there is nothing she can do and is not sure how much time he has left. I have to admit that I am sad to see Jim be on his way out so quickly. I feel like there is still so much more potential for his character, but perhaps he will finally get to do something truly heroic and courageous to give his final moments a sense of purpose. While making beer is clearly something he is passionate about, I feel like Jim still has a lot left in him to discover. Let’s just hope he can realize it before he’s gone for good. Morgan clearly feels guilty about Jim and says to June, “He asked for my help. To save him.” June reminds him that “You did. As long as you could.” June asks him what’s next and if he can get them out of here. Morgan initially says that he can’t, but June tells him that he will, still believing in Morgan.
“I just need something to be good.”
During the episode, we see Alicia and Charlie, who make their way to the truck that Morgan was on. Alicia sees all of the destruction and tells Charlie that they could be in any direction. As they get further and further away, passing mile markers 103 and 108, Charlie asks where they are going and Alicia informs her that she is taking her to the beach, desperately trying to keep her promise to her. Alicia explains that “we only have right now and who knows how long we’ll have that. It’s one thing I know I can do.” This moment is important for Alicia because she is trying so hard to do something good to keep the memory of her mother alive, clinging to any glimmer of hope she can find. Charlie tries to tell Alicia that they should go back to help their friends. While Alicia clearly wants to help Morgan and the others, she recognizes the uncertainty of their well-being. Alicia can’t handle anything uncertain right now, as she needs to be able to deliver something good to help Charlie. Alicia and Charlie soon come across water and find a place that was not on the map. Charlie exclaims that it is a beach and they find John Dorie’s black hat in the water. Charlie tells Alicia to look and she exclaims, “Holy shit!” While we don’t know what she sees, it’s safe to say that they may have just found John and Victor. Perhaps this is a sign that will remind Alicia that it’s all right to take chances to help those in need. While Alicia may never completely heal, she is starting to mend her broken soul and being reunited with Victor may be enough to restore her faith again. 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!
Stay up to date on upcoming premieres of horror TV series @ 12nightsofhorror.com/horror-series-coming-soon
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe. Thanks for your support!
I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available! If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know! Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well. I hope you enjoy!
When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.
Want to read more? You can click the link directly below for a free preview. Thanks for your support!