Fear the Walking Dead 2×13 ‘Day of Death’: No life left

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There really isn’t much to say about this show anymore. There’s only one episode after this one, and while I’m glad that I won’t have to say much more about this show, I’ll be surprised if I can put together something substantive to say out of what Fear the Walking Dead has to offer. Because the thing about writing about television is that bad television is more difficult to really analyze without hitting the same notes again and again and again. I could write about how each episode of Transparent’s third season (please watch Transparent instead of this terrible show) illuminates the central theme in some capacity, working through the different characters, but I can’t do that with Fear the Walking Dead. Madison, Ofelia, Alicia, Travis, Chris, Strand, none of them really feel like people that have anything important to say.

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Source: AMC

Case in point: We’re at the penultimate episode of the season, and we’re getting a Travis/Chris story that feels utterly devoid of nuance. Chris is simply a bad guy now, a villain, in that some dark impulse compounded with his mother dying caused him to completely abandon his family and go killing people with a group of raiders he just met. Travis, on the other hand, is just sad about all of it, unable to convince Chris to come with him because, well, he has nothing to really use to convince him. Chris is too far gone, but not for any real nuanced reason, more so because he’s just a bad guy now and the season needs enough conflict to make the finale feel important. Honestly, I have no idea how the double-episode finale is going to find enough plot to fill 90 minutes of runtime, but it’ll certainly be long.

Really, aside from that, nothing else really happened. Madison and Alicia had a moment, the two bandits Chris is with show up at the hotel, but other than that, this episode is taking a whole lot of time setting up the finale, killing time in order to make sure that they can fill all of the time given to the show this season. Really, this review is short because the episode really didn’t have anything important happening, and felt more like killing time and putting the few pieces into play. Not to mention that I’ve said all of this already. Maybe it was the lack of Nick this episode, but “Date of Death” might be the worst episode yet. Here’s to hoping the double-episode finale is an improvement.

What did you think of the episode? Are you going to watch next season? Let me know in the comments!

Michael St. Charles

is just a Michigan State University grad who loves a good story. If he’s not off teaching the young ones how to solve quadratic functions or to write an expository essay, he’s watching old-school HBO shows, indie horror movies, or he’s playing Resident Evil 4.

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