On this episode 53 of Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through, Brian and Kyle are joined again by our special guest co-host Mark from The Walking Dead Talk Through, as we talk through Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 2, which is titled, The Hurt That Will Happen. This was written by Alex Delyle, and directed by Jessica Lowrey.
Before we get into this week’s episode, we have to share more feedback we received for last week’s episode, S5E1 Here to Help. Discussion on this week’s episode starts at 31 minutes and 15 seconds into the podcast.
Strand leaves to see if he can get a plane from Daniel, who we see is living in a compound near El Paso. Some were a little confused about why Strand went alone, myself included. If he was worried he would be shot for his trouble, why not bring someone with him, like Charlie? Daniel’s not going to shoot a girl, but he goes alone, and he doesn’t take the SWAT truck. Daniel welcomes him inside but doesn’t give him the plane. There was a mixed response over Daniel’s return to the show. People who haven’t watched all of the first four seasons had trouble understanding the complicated relationship between Strand and Daniel, but if you have been watching, you got it.
We see something new this episode: Radioactive walkers. You can’t kill them in close combat – you can only shoot them. This is a little confusing to the viewer. I don’t exactly understand why a simple touch could kill you, but OK.
They continue to struggle with what to do with Luciana. The accordion talk just didn’t work. With the injury she has, you would think she would have been given some strong painkillers that would have made her slur her speech, but she instead makes some crazy talk about accordions. Now, as mentioned on the podcast, I have heard of people losing their filters after a heavy medication, but I would have expected her to slur her speech, act slow and be groggy. We saw none of that them. Lara said it and I think she got it right. The biggest problem is, once they got rid of Nick, the showrunners don’t seem to know what to do with her character. I appreciate the attempt at humor, but it seems a combination of bad writing, bad directing and strange acting choices (which may or may not be Danay Garcia’s fault) took the character off in a strange direction. I think they need to try something else.
This week, FTWD ratings were lower from last week, as expected, but not drastically so. S5E2 The Hurt That Will Happen got a 0.51 in the 18-49 demographic with 1.687 million viewers, down from the last week‘s 0.59 and 1.966 million viewers. As mentioned last week, there was no Talking Dead this week.