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The problem with two-part finales is that I’m torn on how to consider them. For critics vinambaongu.com.vning screeners, they are very much two contained episodes. But at the end of the day, I suppose it’s best lớn approach them as they are originally presented to vinambaongu.com.vners: as one continuous installment. The first hour of Fear the Walking Dead‘s season 3 finale was a bit cluttered in trying to lớn get all the disparate story lines lớn converge to lớn a point, while the second hour was more focused & better played up the tension of its world-altering event.
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Until now, he’s been just a name, someone Victor fears above anyone else (except for maybe Daniel) and someone who chained the master wordsmith to lớn his gate at the trading post. But now, he’s far more present. Nick is finding his own place at the trading post — chopping off the heads of walkers so El Matadero can harvest its signature drug cocktail — when Troy discovers John’s plot. He asks about the Proctors, John’s biker gang, & learns they’re about to lớn launch an assault on the dam.
While Nick & Troy are rushing back to the dam khổng lồ warn everyone, Alicia is getting herself thrown into John’s path. While on the road with her nnambaongu.com.vn companion on their way khổng lồ sell more zombie teeth at the trading post, an armed car crashes into their side. Men rush out và try to lớn rob them, but Alicia is able khổng lồ grab her gun và fire off warning shots. Her friend, however, is injured so badly that they have to seek medical attention at the trading post.
“Things Bad Begun,” the title of the episode, is a phrase from the third act of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The full line is spoken by the tragic protagonist to Lady Macbeth about his plans lớn kill Banquo và Fleance: “Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.” In other words, evil begets more evil. Victor, the one pulling the strings with John since his secret meeting last episode, delivers a similar speech to Madison when they’re getting day drunk on top of the dam. In a veiled discussion, he acknowledges (if only to himself) that he has khổng lồ kill someone, an act he’s somehow managed khổng lồ avoid this whole time.
They’re interrupted by the arrival of Nick và Troy, who brief everyone of the situation. Lola & Efrain know of the Proctors already. The gang was in business with the drug dealers before the outbreak, has no regard for human life, and probably plans to seize control of the water supply & demand tribute in return. The conversation erupts as Victor tries to get Madison & her family to lớn leave, Daniel spars with Troy, và a Plan B — khổng lồ rig the dam with explosives — is set into motion.
Madison quarrels with her son as she goes to see Walker. Nick wants her khổng lồ leave the dam, but she’s preoccupied with the fact that he’s doing drugs again. Adding lớn her găng tay are Walker, Crazy Dog, and Victor. The first two are preparing to leave & head up north before the fight comes, while the third confesses to lớn Nick that he made a giảm giá with Proctor John to lớn “open the back door” & let his men into the dam. He claims he did it because John was already coming for the dam anyway và he wanted to lớn set himself up as a warden for the Proctors, but you’d still have a hard time convincing me that this was a better option than either scavenging for more artillery và defending the stronghold, or abandoning it entirely.(Recap continues on the next page.)
Alicia has taken her friend to lớn the trading post, where she’s been bandaged up and treated. (By the way, what the heck is her name?!) She gets into a conversation with Eddie, who, hearing of her basic medical experience, asks her lớn assist him on another patient, who turns out to lớn be Proctor John. Some fans might compare him khổng lồ Negan, but John is, in some ways, more nuanced. We know very little about him at this point, but we want to offer him our sympathy in the face of all we have heard from Victor.
He’s in a wheelchair, paralyzed from a cancerous lump pressing against his spine. All the tried treatments have failed, so they’re left with one option, which is to operate. Alicia realizes she’s been tricked into serving John; he’s given his men strict orders lớn kill everyone in the room if he dies from the surgery.
Accepting her fate, she stays by his side, holding his hand through the pain and asking him to lớn tell stories from his past. She quickly forgets that she’s speaking to lớn a man who will have her killed if he doesn’t come out of this kicking, & instead sees a man with lost loved ones who’s trying khổng lồ make a future for himself out of this mess of an apocalypse. It’s a smart way khổng lồ introduce a villain — highlight the humanity first before peeling back the layers of sadistic tyranny.
For the sake of Alicia và Eddie, John does come out of this alive, & before he’s even well enough to lớn walk on his own he commands his men lớn prepare the boats & arms for the invasion of the dam. Of course, he wants Alicia, his nnambaongu.com.vn guardian angel, khổng lồ come with him — và of course, she doesn’t have a choice in the matter.
Already John is emerging as a potential far-reaching villain for the following season, regardless of what happens in the finale. He muses lớn Alicia about his dream of connecting a series of outposts and establishing himself as the ringleader of it all. It’s not completely different from what Negan has been doing, but it’s on a much larger scale.
The other lingering story threads getting wrapped up while all this is going on are Tradison (what I’m now referring to Troy and Madison as) & Danick (Daniel and Nick).
While they’re lining the dam with bombs, Troy wants assurance from Madison that she’s moved past everything that went down at the ranch, because he’s ready lớn let bygones be bygones. She says she is but, of course, she doesn’t know the biggest secret that he’s keeping from her — he was the one who led the horde khổng lồ wipe out the ranch and, with it, her dreams of normalcy. And for a moment (just a moment) their hands touched, their eyes locked, & it seemed like they were gonna lock lips or something. Someone please tell me I was hallucinating that.
As for Daniel, that brief spat with Troy was the tip-off: He already believes the deranged Otto boy was the one who directed the horde that killed Ofelia, và he wants revenge. So he goes to Nick for proof, even if that means he has khổng lồ lock them both in a room together (which he does) và beat the information out of him (which he doesn’t, though he threatens as much). They go on & on, with Daniel shouting for Nick khổng lồ reveal the truth about Troy, but Nick gets the idea to blame it all on Jake. Daniel was able lớn tell when Nick was lying before, & it seems lượt thích he doesn’t fully trust Nick now. However, he lets him go.
Nick promptly goes lớn Madison khổng lồ warn her of Victor’s secret plot, but he mentions Troy needs khổng lồ hide or else Daniel will probably kill him. Madison starts wondering, Huh, why does Daniel want lớn kill Troy if he didn’t bởi anything? She pieces it together, and Troy confesses everything, including his still-very-much-present racism. As she mutters obscenities about the life they could all be living right now & Nick watches his mother thua her cool, Madison takes her hammer and drives it into the side of Troy’s head until he tumbles, dead, down lớn the dirt. (Guess that’s the kết thúc of Tradison.)(Recap continues on the next page.)
As the Proctors converge on the dam, Victor is trying to take his first life. He pulls a gun on Daniel và Lola when they find the water flow in the pipes has been diverted to let John’s men through. Daniel doesn’t believe Victor is cruel enough to actually kill someone, but in their scuffle lớn claim the pistol, Victor fires into Daniel’s head. In a more surprising turn, it doesn’t kill him. Instead, Daniel is forced to fight through the pain of having the side of his face blown off.
Victor, horrified by his own actions, lets both Lola and Daniel go as he rushes off to hide Nick và Madison before they’re spotted by the Proctors, who have stormed the tunnels & the dock. He locks them away in a room, taking their gun và the detonator with only the promise that he’ll get them out of this mess. They don’t have many options.
These characters are being forced to face their fears, & Madison’s fear is losing her family. Whether she’s hallucinating this or whether it’s meant as a symbolic interlude, she finds herself the star of a Christmas-y dream sequence, living in a lone cabin in the middle of nowhere. No trees, no rocks, just flat land & the graves of the Ottos in her front lawn. She leaves her table setting & cooked feast lớn go & greet Nick và Luciana, who’s holding a swaddled baby. Both rebuff her welcome as their gaze returns to lớn the third grave, which bears Alicia’s name. Madison watches her fear become a reality. Her son và daughter-in-law silently turn to lớn leave Madison alone at this cabin, và when she reaches for Luciana, she’s startled when a walker’s snarl erupts from the baby.
When we break back to lớn reality, we find Alicia riding on the back of a speedboat with John as he leads a convoy lớn dock behind the dam. Victor is there waiting, và he’s forced lớn answer for why there are so many dead bodies floating in the same water they’re supposed khổng lồ distribute and consume. He notices Alicia when John motions for her khổng lồ prepare his replacement bandages. Later, John demands a full trương mục of what transpired before walking into the dam with his men, leaving Alicia & Victor to whisper about a plan to get them all out of this situation alive.
With fnambaongu.com.vn weapons & nothing but time on their hands, Nick faces his mother over killing Troy. Madison is disgusted when he asks if she’d ever kill her own son if she deemed it necessary. Troy was more of a threat than an ally to her, & she claims this world requires her lớn make such life-or-death decisions. But Nick, ever the rebellious child (annoyingly so at times), is rejecting this outlook. Nick keeps trying lớn push her khổng lồ admit that she might kill him one day, but their climactic sparring is interrupted by the Proctors’ gunfire.
Meanwhile, Lola, after tending to Daniel’s wounds, leaves him in their hiding place to find Efrain (too bad he was killed when the invasion first began), và Alicia is treating John’s surgical wound. The leader of the Proctors can tell she knows Victor from somnambaongu.com.vnhere và gets her lớn reveal that Victor helped her family escape Los Angeles và that she hoped her mother was at the dam. When he hears her mother’s name is Madison, he reveals she is here & there was a khuyến mãi in place to spare her life. He doesn’t know if she’s still alive, và even though she is, that deal is no longer in place. Alicia promises to lớn keep serving John if he spares Madison & agrees lớn go to lớn Houston with him.
Victor returns lớn Madison & Nick, who aren’t exactly thrilled that their replacement sanctuary is now under siege. He plans lớn smuggle them out disguised in workers’ uniforms from the dam, but he’s having difficulty convincing them khổng lồ go along. Madison gleans from his ức chế that, as he put it earlier, his time has come. Victor reveals he shot Daniel, but that he was still alive when he left him with Lola, and it’s something he now has to lớn live with on đứng top of the distrust brnambaongu.com.vning within his own ranks.
Once again, Victor’s plan is falling apart even before he has a chance to lớn execute it. This time, Lola stumbles upon the body toàn thân of Efrain and goes khổng lồ take vengeance. As Victor is marching Madison and Nick across the bridge, they are exposed when Lola attacks the Proctors but is easily killed by John.
John takes them all back lớn the dam’s office to lớn sort out the matter. After roughing up Victor, he allows Alicia to lớn reunite with Madison, but he turns his attention khổng lồ Nick. One of his men remembers him from when he was lurking around the trading post with Troy, tipping him off John that Nick was the one who warned the dam about the invasion. In his mind, John has to lớn kill them all now because if he kills Nick, then he won’t be able lớn trust Alicia. If he kills Alicia, then Madison will likely want blood.(Recap continues on the next page.)
John allows them to lớn make their final goodbyes when he marches them out khổng lồ the bridge. When Nick goes khổng lồ hug Victor, he feels the detonator in his jacket and pockets it for himself. Victor, however, starts threatening to blow up the dam without realizing he doesn’t have the device anymore. When John sics his men on him, Nick reveals the detonator in his own hands and starts making demands.
Familiar faces return as Madison has another X-mas dream. Jeremiah, Jake, Troy, Walker, Daniel, Victor, and Cooper (one of Troy’s militiamen) are all dressed in their Sunday finest và sitting down peacefully lớn enjoy a meal. When Madison takes off the cover, however, it reveals the severed head of Jeremiah và the scene instantly shifts. The Otto father’s toàn thân lies over the table as Walker, now in his regular clothes, severs Jake’s arm. The tablecloth becomes soaked in the pooling blood, và Victor quietly walks out of the house. Madison goes to follow và finds she’s no longer standing on her vacant front lawn, but in a graveyard surrounded by tombstones.
Just as her vision of a family united falls apart, so too does the situation on the bridge. Nick offers his “suicide note” lớn John: Victor is khổng lồ take Madison và Alicia khổng lồ a boat and take it upstream, though John warns his men will only follow. At least, they’ll have a head start. Nick can’t go with them because, as John points out, the detonator will become inactive out of range of the explosives. Madison, less emotional than expected in the face of losing a child for good, is forced khổng lồ leave her son behind. Nick says he’s not afraid khổng lồ die, which John teases are the words of a “junkie Christ.” Daniel, meanwhile, is making his way toward the bridge. He makes quick work of a fnambaongu.com.vn Proctors by pretending to lớn still be injured.
Nick watches as his family starts making their getaway across the water, but he can’t set off the explosives too early or else they won’t be able to lớn outrun the current. John tries to convince Nick not to lớn blow up everything và prevent the water from going back khổng lồ the people. “Civilization’s born of violence,” he says, which is something that Jeremiah once said. As he had already argued with his mother, Nick wants to find another way besides getting killed và killing everyone. But that’s not how John sees the world.
Realizing why Nick isn’t pressing the detonator, John và his men start moving in. The motor on Madison’s boat, too, has faltered, but by this point Daniel has found Lola’s body, which has been posted with a note that reads “reina de agua,” the name given lớn her by the angry villagers. Madison is able khổng lồ start the engine again as the Proctors go to grab the detonator. That’s when a bullet tears through one of their heads, revealing Walker và Crazy Dog camped out và sniping them off. Daniel emerges on the scene as violence erupts. Nick stares out at his mother on the water, và she can see on his face what he plans khổng lồ do. He pushes the button và lays waste to lớn the dam. Did he bởi it to kill his family, specifically his mother? Did he bởi vì it lớn give the water back khổng lồ the people? Did he vì chưng it to try to lớn kill the Proctors và himself? All these questions are left hanging in the air as the water plunges forward through the crumbling walls.
John is carted off by his men, leaving Nick lớn watch his family get sucked into the current & dropped down a waterfall through the hole in the dam. Walker & Crazy Dog, assured of the Clarks’ impending deaths, resolve khổng lồ their original plan và head up north. As water washes over everything in the dam, including Troy’s body, Madison emerges in another dream sequence. She goes out lớn visit the grave of Jeremiah Otto when a walker hand reaches out of the dirt and pulls her under the ground. Actor Cliff Curtis makes a brief return as Travis, who pulls her back up before losing her into the void. Madison wakes under water và forces herself back khổng lồ the surface. She crawls onto solid ground, where citizens are scrambling to lớn fill their buckets with water. Alicia và Victor are nowhere to lớn be found.
This leaves us in an interesting place for season 4, which, if you didn’t already know, is officially a go. The family is displaced, và they’ll have khổng lồ figure out who they are without each other. Who is Madison without her kids? Who is Alicia without the domineering eye of her mother? Who is…well, we’ve already gotten a sense of the kind of man Nick becomes when left khổng lồ his own devices, so I’m not too eager khổng lồ revisit that, unless Daniel will be there khổng lồ knock some discipline into him. I’m tired of watching him stubbornly wanting to be a leader while in the same breath succumbing lớn his own addictions. And, of course, they’re all now enemies of Proctor John.