Fear the Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 7: “Shiva”

Fear the Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 7: “Shiva”
Grade: A

The mid-season finale of Fear the Walking Dead made a lot of great moves for the future of the show that I can’t wait to see play out in the second half of season two. This episode, “Shiva,” set up a lot of changes to the show that will hopefully for the better and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the second half of the season in August.

“Shiva” starts with a scene from Daniel’s childhood, showing him staring down at a river full of bodies, a lone survivor crawling toward him for help. A man tells him to take a gun, forcing young Daniel to shoot the man. As his mental state deteriorates, the episode starts off after Strand shot Thomas. Everyone is shocked and Celia is furious at his betrayal and not allowing him to turn. She banishes Strand and the rest of them from staying, giving them until the next day to leave. Travis, having run off to find Chris, finds him holding a young kid at gunpoint as a hostage, telling the boy’s father to get Travis to leave. After they get into a physical fight, Travis decides to take off with just Chris, leaving everyone behind to take care of him. Nick gets Luis’s turned body back from the yacht to get Celia to let them stay, as long as Strand leaves.

While Strand digs the grave for Thomas, Daniel sees his dead wife at the gates, telling Ofelia that they must go to her. After a group of men try to stop Daniel from taking Ofelia, Celia has him bound and locked in a warehouse. He sees his wife, talking to him, and she enables him to set himself free and burn the estate to the ground. Madison knows that Celia’s hold on Nick is causing damage to the family and him, so she locks Celia away with the Walkers she’s keeping in a cell. As the estate burns, Daniel in the same cell as Celia full of the dead, the others escape—Madison, Alicia, Ofelia, and Strand try to get Nick to come with them, but after he lies to Madison and says he couldn’t find Travis—Nick promised him to let Madison think he just left—Nick figures out that Madison got rid of Celia. He refuses to go with them, walking through the her of Walkers covered in their blood undetected and ignoring Madison’s pleas for him to get in the truck.

A lot happened in the mid-season finale: we lost Daniel as a character, we lost Celia and the estate, and everyone is now split up, taking different paths, it left unknown if they’re going to be brought together again. I honestly think this choice will be for the better and I’m excited to see where they go with it in the second half of the season.


HIGHLIGHTS

Daniel’s heartbreaking
storyline of breaking down mentally and it causing his eventual death was the most interesting, best part of the episode. Daniel has been a great character and I’ve loved his arc—sad to see him go, but excited to see where Ofelia goes now having lost both her mother and father.

Chris’s story has picked up
a little and made it watchable. He held a kid at gunpoint and attacked his father. While still not a perfect arc, I’m excited to see where it goes now that Travis and Chris have made the decision to leave on their own, Travis knowing that he needs to be take care of his son without anyone else’s involvement.

Breaking everyone up
was a great idea. We’ll have to see what it brings with the second half of the season, but a lot of my issues with the show came from the characters having too much family drama with each other. With everyone split up, it might give all the characters a chance to grow on their own.

LOWLIGHTS

Celia was a great character
and the estate they were at was a great setting. I’m disappointed that it only lasted two episodes—for now, we don’t know where Nick might end up—and that Celia’s involvement is over. She could’ve had a great storyline and there could have been more there. I just felt too quick to end it there.

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