If you're a fan of the Walking Dead universe, things are pretty sweet right now – especially from the perspective of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. Aside from having an epic appearance at this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC), we learned not only had the series been picked up for a sixth season – and as we've already seen, the second-half brings the arrival of new survivors – and new foes. Then there are those teases about this season being a game-changer. Hmmm…
This week's episode "Ner Tamid" definitely had some highs and lows for our folks: we got to meet Peter Jacobson's Rabbi Jacob Kessner, June (Jenna Elfman) realized that she's been pushing things too much before it was too late, Dorie (Garret Dillahunt) got to shift into "zombie movie action hero" mode, Dwight (Austin Amelio) opened up about his time post-TWD and pre-FTWD, and we find out Sarah's (Mo Collins) is Jewish – and her last name is "Rabinowitz."
On the bad side, Charlie (Alexa Nisenson) put the group in a bunch of unnecessary danger, while Althea's (Maggie Grace) tapes proved useful – for the wrong group. Logan (Matt Frewer) and his crew end the episode outside of a quarry – the location of the oil fields.
Of course, we know what you're really wondering: so how did this connect to The Walking Dead and rge upcoming Rick Grimes films? Well, you know what it's time for… right? Major spoilers!
Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 12 "Ner Tamid": In search of a permanent home, Charlie encounters a rabbi struggling to survive on his own.
This week, we have some reflective and reactive moments with Dwight and we take a look at last week's theory about Logan and CRM:
● OPENING CREDITS: open field area, with the the back of Althea's Land of the Living Dead-reminding truck-o-death open.
● In the above scene, Sarah and Dwight share a beer on top of a truck and Dwight opens up to her that he was travelling alone for so long that he can no longer tell how long it's actually been. Sarah asks him what it was that kept him motivated the entire time and prevented him from going crazy, with his first response being (no surprise) Sherry. But his second response was surprising: the walkers, and how thinking about where they came from and where they were going offered him a distraction. There's a sadness in this brief exchange, with Amelio really selling me on a well-rounded Dwight with every passing episode.
It also raises the question if there wasn't a better "third option" for Daryl (Norman Reedus) to give Dwight – That Dwight's fate could've easily ended in much worse ways than a bullet (or arrow) through the brain. My brain's jury is still out on Daryl's decision-making with that one…
● Any other TWD fans out there get that same vibe from Dwight when he saw that Logan's crew how found their location as he did during the all-out war days with/against the Saviors? Can only imagine the trauma he's still processing from that (another reason why being alone isn't the nicest move, Daryl…)
● I don't think I need to elaborate on the comparisons between Rabbi Kessner and TWD's Gabriel (Seth Gilliam): two men of faith who lost their faith – and now seek a new sense of faith in a post-zombie apocalypse world.
● So looking at our "big theory" from last week, we were left wondering who Logan found out about the location of bank Althea's storing her tapes in. Logan mentioned the battle over the oil field being "bigger" than even Morgan (Lennie James) realizes. Well, that "ticket to the promised land" lands at the end of the episode. Not much beyond that (though a great cliffhanger), so we're still thinking the oil fields could be their ticket onto a black helicopter and off to… someplace else where the initials "CRM" are around a lot.
Heading into season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead, the group's mission is clear: locate survivors and help make what's left of the world a slightly better place. With dogged determination, Morgan Jones leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts.
But trust won't be easily earned. Their mission of helping others will be put to the ultimate test when our group finds themselves in unchartered territory, one which will force them to face not just their pasts but also their fears. It is only through facing those fears that the group will discover an entirely new way to live, one that will leave them forever changed.
Earlier this year, FTWD cast member Alexa Nisenson (ex-Vulture Charlie) was promoted from recurring to series regular for the upcoming season. Joining Nisenson are Karen David (Legacies, Galavant) as series regular Grace, The Walking Dead alum Austin Amelio reprising ex-Savior Dwight, and the returning Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar.
Bailey Gavulic (Prodigal, At The End Of The Day) plays young survivor Annie, who ends up crossing paths with our crew alongside Cooper Dodson's (American Horror Story, Preacher) Dylan and Ethan Suess' (Scorpion, Henry Danger) Max. Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, The Stand) also joined the cast as shady denim factory co-owner Logan. Newcomer Colby Hollman is on board as Wes, a survivor who joins the group after meeting Alicia and Strand – and has more of connection to Alicia than either of them realized. Peter Jacobson (House, The Americans) is also on board as Rabbi Jacob Kessner. Colby Minifie (Jessica Jones, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Holly Curran (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) are also joining the series during the second-half of the season.
Nisenson, David, Blades, Amelio, Gavulic, Dodson, Suess, Frewer, Jacobson, Hollman, and Minifie join Dwight's crossover comrade Morgan (Lennie James) on the upcoming season of The Walking Dead spin-off series, which has undergone some major changes over the past year. Jenna Elfman, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, Mo Collins, and Daryl Mitchell joined James on the series last season; with Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, and Danay Garcia the only original cast members heading into the fifth season. Daniel Sharman is reportedly reprising his role as Troy Otto, though how his character will come into play during the upcoming season is still unknown.
AMC's Fear the Walking Dead is executive produced by showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, as well as Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, and Greg Nicotero, and produced by AMC Studios.
Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT – leading into the fourth and final season of Preacher.