This review contains spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 6.
The first half of the final season of Fear the Walking Dead has now ended on AMC. The series so far has done well to bring closure to past storylines and certain character arcs while also opening up new possibilities for the second half of the season and beyond.
Although there are only six episodes left in total for the final season of AMC’s main spinoff to The Walking Dead. The mid-season finale seems to suggest much more is planned for the future of certain characters… something Rick Grimes-related.
Quick Spoiler Recap: FTWD Season 8, Episode 6
Lennie James’ Morgan Jones spends the majority of this episode blacking out and waking up distressed with no memory of what he has been doing.
This is a callback to his character’s past where he went through an extremely difficult situation and basically blacked out for an unknown length of time, killing anything that got in his path whether it be a walker or a human.
Maya Eshet and Daniel Rashid’s Shrike and Ben take to the wild to snuff out their threat in an attempt to defeat them once and for all. This does not go to plan in the slightest as Shrike comes face to face with her zombified father who ends up biting her.
Shrike and Ben and even P.A.D.R.E. don’t really serve as a main threat to this season’s protagonists. The mid-season finale more focuses on Morgan and Zoey Merchant’s Mo trying to figure out how to snap Morgan out of blacking out. You could even say that Morgan is his own and everyone else’s worst enemy this time around.
Shrike eventually is killed off due to the bite which leaves her brother Ben in distraught. However, it doesn’t look like he will be coming back as a big bad anytime soon as it was really his sister who led the operations.
Sadly, Austin Amelio and Christine Evangelista’s Dwight and Sherry lose their son Finch played by Gavin Warren. This ends up with Dwight and Sherry calling it quits as they agree to split up and go their separate ways once and for all.
The mid-season ends by showing Kim Dickens’ Madison Clark leading both the main protagonist and the remaining members of P.A.D.R.E. into a new era. She tells the group that they will be seeking out the parents who had their children taken from them by P.A.D.R.E. to either bring closure or reunite them with their children.
Morgan’s Going To Look For Rick Grimes!
The main ending is the big shocker as Lennie James’ Morgan reveals he wants himself and Zoey Merchant’s Mo to look for Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes. They then both set out to do just that which teases various possibilities for Morgan’s future.
Could a Morgan spinoff be in the works over at AMC? Will Lennie James be appearing in the Rick Grimes & Michonne spinoff series? Will Andrew Lincoln or Danai Gurira appear at some point during the next six episodes of Fear the Walking Dead?
Sadly, the cryptic ending only teases that Morgan will indeed be seeking out to find Rick Grimes and finally reunite with him… and, yes, to most likely help defeat the evil CRM.
FTWD Mid-Season Finale Review
The episode does as the previous episodes of the final season have done and that is to bring closure to both its fans and its characters. Storylines such as the cryptic P.A.D.R.E. come to a close and Morgan is finally thinking clearly for the first time in a long time.
As usual, the locations and tone of the visuals fully suck you in and immerse you into this post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and evil groups of people. Although some moments throughout this season have maybe felt a tad off-character, the mid-season finale seems to bring the familiar versions of them back in all their glory.
It’s clear that these episodes have been crafted for long-term viewers of the franchise, as the first six episodes all lead to the ultimate fan payoff. This is when Morgan reveals he will be going back to find and reunite with Rick Grimes. Something that fans of these characters have been longing to hear for multiple years now.
This season’s story alone, however, could definitely be enjoyed by new viewers but it is highly recommended to watch its past season before doing so.
It’s safe to say that the pacing, tone, and amazing practical effects of the final season have not failed to deliver the goods. Performances seen from the cast ensemble so far have been captivating, emotionally resonating, and a thrill to witness. Whether or not you’re among the fans that this episode is tailored for, the first half of the final season of Fear the Walking Dead will leave you wanting to see the remaining episodes.
4 out of 5 stars.
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Season 8, Episode 6 of Fear the Walking Dead is streaming on AMC+.