FTWD Episode 4, “Not Fade Away”


Hello, loves…it was my intention to post for each FTWD episode, but alas, our trusty little family laptop is having some issues. Many of the keys are not working, including the space key.

I don’t know yet if this is a small issue, requiring a simple cleaning/servicing, or a larger issue, yet. Until this issue is resolved, my usual tweakeresque-style of posting will be suspended.

I apologize for this, but I will resume posting  when all operations are fully functional.

(P.S. I am typing this post from my phone.)

A couple of thoughts before I save this text, then run to my embattled laptop and insert the bomb-ass playlist I created into the post.

I really am loving these L.A. playlists…they feel so silky on the skin!

First off, I am officially an FTWD fan. This show, in my opinion, is doing a righteous job in telling the story that we, the viewers, missed in The Walking Dead storyline.

This story takes time to tell…civilization does not unravel overnight. Be patient. Perhaps you can think of FTWD as an appetizer for the main course, TWD Season 6. Relax. Enjoy. Savor the sweetness of anticipation, and enjoy what’s in front of you, now.

As today is my birthday, I would like to share a realization I have come to over the years, especially with my journey as a blogger/aspiring writer and artist:

Be aware of the impulse to over-criticize, over-judge our own creative endeavors as well as the creative efforts of others.

It is a tendency we all have, as humans, and while having high standards and a discerning approach can drive each of us to strive for greatness, it can also be very damaging to our own creativity, and the creative expression of others, to heap judgement, criticism, and cruel comments on someone’s work.

Many of us crush our own creative process with self-criticism, self-condemnation. This unkindness to ourselves does not allow for the necessary learning and growth process.

My advice to each of you is, tell that critical voice inside your head to shut the hell up and to get the fuck in the back seat. You, dear readers, are the ones driving this car. Speak your truth, and let your voice be heard. Shine on, you crazy diamonds. ❤️

Second, I have a small birthday wish. I know there are peeps all around the world reading this blog. I don’t know who you are, many of you, but I know you are out there, reading. And thanks for that. I do hope you are enjoying my crazy, humble offering to TWD family & fandom. Much love. ❤️

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Love and gratitude to you, dearest readers! Your readership and support is one of the greatest gifts in my world. ❤️

And p.s., this episode kicked ass, don’t give up on Travis, and the Maddy v Liza future Battle Royale component thrills me to my toes!

And now, a message from Rick Smash!:

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Enjoy the playlist!

Another 99% L.A., 100% Awesome Playlist:

Lou Reed, “Perfect Day”

Cold War Kids, “We Used To Vacation”

Wardell, “Call It What You Want”

The Flesh Eaters, “See You In The Boneyard”

YG, “Momma Speech Intro”

YG, “Twist My Fingaz”

Schoolboy Q, “Hands On The Wheel”

FTWD, Episode 3, “The Dog”

“The Dog”

(All images used in this post are screen caps from AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead unless otherwise specified.)

From inside a barbershop in downtown L.A. …

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Chris watches...

Chris watches…

...as a responding L.A.P.D. squad car gets pushed over by rioters, who erupt into cheers and jeers as the squad car topples over like a bug on its back.

…as a responding L.A.P.D. squad car gets pushed over by rioters, who erupt into cheers and jeers as the squad car flips upside down with a creak, and crunch, of metal.

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As the upside-down squad car’s lights flash helplessly, a figure approaches, faces Chris…

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“Chris…” “Dad!”  “What did you see out there?”

“Some guy…his…it’s messed up.”

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Meanwhile, back in the hood, inside the Clarks’ home…

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Alicia peers out through the slats of the blinds across the street…

“What did Mr. Dawson do to the Cruzes?”

Madison:

Madison: “He’s gone.” “Yeah, but what the hell did he do?“I don’t know…we’re safe inside.”

As she walks out of the room, Madison whispers to herself (and Travis), Come back.”

Back inside the barbershop, the sounds of the riot outside grow louder, more violent…

Chris:

Chris: “We gonna go back to Madison’s after this?” Travis: “Yeah.” Chris: “Why don’t we just leave? Just us?” Liza (admonishing): “Chris!”

(sounds of breaking glass from next door)

“They’re breaking in! They’re breaking in next door!”

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“What happens if what’s out there gets in here?”

“Dad…Dad! The wall’s getting hot.”

“We gotta go.”

Daniel Salazar is a total badass.

BTW, Daniel Salazar is a total badass. #RubenBlades

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This scene is cray AF.

This scene is cray AF.

Officer B. Infected

Officer B. Infected

I've wondered many times,

I’ve wondered many times, “How could the armed police, military not have been able to suppress the undead in the beginning of the turn?” This scene, to me, shows the strength and fury of the reanimated, as this killed-turned-cop attacks this other officer in full riot gear, pushing him down, holding him down, pushing back his face shield like a wild animal, savage, relentless…one bite is all it takes, and a moment later, we see a glimpse of the walker literally dragging the struggling cop along the ground, like a predator would drag a felled prey, before resuming feasting, as the rioters frolic around them, seemingly oblivious. Terrifying. Like, really, the naysayers can dog this show if they feel the need to, but my dreams have been weird as shit since I’ve started watching it. Beginning of the turn dreams = scary business.

Chris looks down at the gory scene, unbelieving.

Chris looks down at the grisly scene, unbelieving. “Dad? Dad? Travis and Liza look down, horrified, for a shocked moment, before pulling their son away.

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“We need a doctor, Trav!”

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Alicia:

Alicia: “How long are we going to wait?” Madison: “We can go to sleep soon.”

Alicia:

Alicia: “I can’t sleep when I’m waiting for someone to come home…”

“…I’m having a major case of deja vu right now.”

Meanwhile, approaching the hospital…

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(radio): “The governors of 11 states are declaring a state of emergency right now, and request the assistance of the National Guard to quell riots and protests…”

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“What the hell’s going on?”

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(megaphone): “Stop! Or we’ll shoot!”

(gunfire, blasts)

(gunfire, blasts)

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Sisters of Mercy Hospital has become a war zone.

Sisters of Mercy Hospital has become a war zone.

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And as they watch...

And as they watch…

...the lights of L.A. begin to go out, section by section.

…the lights of L.A. begin to go out, section by section.

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Until the city is covered in darkness.

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Back at the Clarks…

(noise outside) “It’s happening again…”

“Is it Mr. Dawson?” “Shhh…”

“I don’t see anything.”

Nick, closing blinds:

Nick, closing blinds: “Ok…we need to get away from the windows.”

Nick, whispering:

Nick, whispering: “You need to tell Alicia what’s happening.” Madison: “She hasn’t seen anything yet…she might not have to.” (To Alicia, brightly) “Alicia, come on down here.”

From outside, there continues to be a soft scraping noise...

From outside, there continues to be a soft scraping noise…

...followed by a louder scratching sound against the sliding glass doors.

…followed by a louder scratching sound against the sliding glass doors.

“Nick…” “Shhh!”  “Nick! Don’t open that!”

“It’s the dog…it’s just the dog!”

As Nick tries to comfort the whimpering dog, Madison notices blood on the dog's legs...

As Nick tries to comfort the whimpering dog, Madison notices blood on the dog’s legs… “What is that?”

“Is that…is he..hur-?” Nick looks at his hands. “I don’t think that’s his blood,” he says, slowly, realizing. The dog startles, begins barking as it runs to the front door. The dog stands at the door, guarding, barking. Something is outside.

Nick silently motions his mother, sister back and moves quietly towards the front door as the dog continues to bark. Nick peers through the slats of the vertical blinds and sees...

Nick silently motions his mother, sister back and moves quietly towards the front door as the dog continues to bark. Nick peers through the slats of the vertical blinds and sees…

Dawson B. Infected. The zombie stands a moment, then begins shuffling towards the Clarks' front door.

The bloody caller that nobody wants to see on their front lawn…Dawson B. Infected. The zombie stands a moment, then begins shuffling towards the Clarks’ front door.

Holy fuck. Nick must think fast.

Holy fuck. Nick must think fast.

Nick turns and limps quickly towards the women.

Nick turns and limps quickly towards the women. “Ok, the Chans have a gun…a shotgun. I tried to steal it once.” Nick limps quickly past Madison and Alicia, towards the back door. Madison bids Alicia to come, stay close, don’t fall behind.

Nick, Madison and Alicia slip out the open back door and begin to climb the fence to their neighbor's home as the dog continues to bark frantically inside the house.

Nick, Madison and Alicia slip out the open back door and begin to climb the fence to their neighbor’s home as the dog continues to bark frantically inside the house.

Nick and the women climb the fence into the Chans' back yard and make their way quickly through a labyrinth framework towards the house.

Nick and the women climb the fence into the Chans’ back yard and make their way quickly through a labyrinth framework leading towards the house.

Nick finds the spare key under the mat and lets himself in through the back door.

Nick finds the spare key under the mat and lets himself in through the back door. “Nick!” Madison protests in a whisper, then she and Alicia quickly follow him into the home.

“Susan? Patrick?” No answer from inside the home.

As they begin to make their way through the kitchen, the lights flicker back on in the home.

As they begin to make their way through the kitchen, the lights flicker back on in the home. “Susan?” Madison calls. No answer, so Nick and Madison head towards the bedroom while Alicia follows slowly behind, looking at framed pictures on the wall. A moment later, the lights go out, once again shrouding the house in darkness.

After some digging around in a closet, Nick finds what he is looking for. Madison searches for, and finds, a box of shotgun shells on the top shelf of the closet. She takes the gun and begins loading the shells into it.

After some digging around in a closet, Nick finds what he is looking for, holding up the shotgun in its storage casing. Madison searches for, and finds, a box of shotgun shells on the top shelf of the closet. She takes the gun and begins loading the shells into it.

From outside, the dog begins barking again, and Alicia pulls aside the curtain and peers out the window...

From outside, the dog begins barking again, and Alicia pulls aside the curtain and peers out the window…

Dawson B. Infected is In The House.

Dawson B. Infected is in the house…along with the poor dog. 😦

Alicia calls for her mom.

Alicia calls for her mom. “Mom, someone’s inside our house!” Madison comes to the window, Nick following close behind, “Mom! Here, load it…load it! Madison begins to load the shells into the shotgun with shaking hands as they watch as the poor dog and Dawson B. Infected square off with one another…

...and a moment later, the poor dog's barks become whimpers, then pained yelps, then...nothing.

…and a moment later, the poor dog’s barks become whimpers, then pained yelps, then one last horrible noise, deep and guttural, like a first chomp…then, nothing. 😦 😦 😦 😦

Alicia looks over towards her mom fearfully.

Alicia looks over towards her mom fearfully, asks, voice shaking,“Mom?” “We just stay here,” Madison replies, still looking out towards the open back door of their home, in shock. “We’ll just stay here.”

But then, the lights of Travis's truck pull up.

But then, the lights of Travis’s truck pull up. “Oh, no, no, no, no no!” Madison exclaims softly. “It’s Travis!”  Madison tries to call Travis’s phone. “It might not be him,” offers Nick.  But Madison knows her boyfriend’s old Ford truck, the sound of the engine, the way the headlights look. 

“It’s him,” Madison replies.

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After a brief moment, Madison turns to Nick “Here, take this,” she says, handing Nick the shotgun and taking the flashlight from him.

Leading the way, Madison shines the flashlight as she, Nick, and Alicia file out of the Chans' home and run towards the labyrinth, back towards their home.

Leading the way, Madison shines the flashlight as she, Nick, and Alicia file out of the Chans’ home and run towards the labyrinth, back towards their home.

“Travis!”

Meanwhile, inside the Clarks' house, Travis looks around the dark and quiet.

Meanwhile, inside the Clarks’ house, Travis looks around the dark and quiet. “Maddy?” he calls, softly.

Travis hears a noise, turns to see Liza and Chris have followed him inside.

Travis hears a noise, turns to see Liza and Chris have followed him inside. “I thought I told you to wait in the car!” Travis admonishes. “We’re staying with you,” Liza replies, firmly. (I must say, I am really liking how these characters have each others’ backs, despite their histories together, and their differences…it is really endearing to me, and makes me root for them. As a mom, I am also liking the strong family bonds demonstrated in this show…they take care of each other, and the kids, while being rebellious teens, really do look to their parents for guidance and leadership when the shit goes down. Thumbs up, FTWD!)

Chris looks around the darkened home and is quick to point out, “It looks like there’s no one here, Dad.” Travis, undaunted, replies that the car is still in the driveway, that they must be home…Travis continues towards the back of the house, Liza and Chris following close behind.

Meanwhile, Maddy, Nick, and Alicia run through the labyrinth, Nick calling out directions to guide them through the maze. Bamboo windchimes tinkle as the trio rush past them. “Travis, Travis! Maddy calls frantically as they run towards their home.

Meanwhile, Travis steps into the back room and beholds an unspeakable sight...

Meanwhile, Travis steps into the back room and beholds an unspeakable sight…

...the reanimated corpse of his former neighbor feasting on the Cruz's poor dog.

…the reanimated corpse of his former neighbor feasting on the Cruz’s poor dog.

“Dad,” Chris begins. Travis raises a hand to stay his son, without looking away from the walker, which is intent on its grisly feast, and not yet aware of them. “Get back,” Travis says softly.

As Travis walks slowly, quietly up on Dawson B. Infected's grisly feast, the sounds coming from it are so horrible. Wet, snuffling, tearing, chewing sounds...it was shocking to me, watching this, that Travis did not grab something to arm himself at this point...

As Travis walks slowly, quietly up on Dawson B. Infected’s grisly feast, the sounds coming from it are so horrible. Wet, snuffling, tearing, chewing sounds. It was shocking to me, watching this, that Travis did not grab something to arm himself at this point…

...as well as the fact that he would even walk closer towards this scene. But, upon some more reflection, after rewatching this episode, I came to the opinion that the character of Travis is one who needs to see something for himself, as close up as possible, for him to feel like he has a grasp of what is going on with a situation. He demonstrated this when he went to the junkie church in the pilot episode. It's consistent with his character to be doing this, now. I also feel like Travis is giving the slight chance that Dawson is merely sick and delusional, deranged, even (um, obviously), and that exploring that chance is worth one final effort. But, dude, seriously, grab a poker or some shit...just in case you need it! (Which you totally do.)

…as well as the fact that he would even walk closer towards this scene. But, upon some more reflection, after rewatching this episode, I came to the opinion that the character of Travis is one who needs to see something for himself, as close up as possible, for him to feel like he has a grasp of what is going on with a situation. He demonstrated this trait when he went to the junkie church in the pilot episode, and so, in my opinion, it’s consistent with his character to be doing this, now. I also feel like Travis is giving the slight chance that Dawson is merely sick and delusional, deranged, even (um, obviously), and that exploring that chance is worth one final effort. But, dude, seriously, grab a poker or some shit…just in case you need it! (Which you totally do…do peeps usually have fireplaces in L.A.?)

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“Travis!” Liza whispers. (Look, gang, I know we’re all jaded TWD fans and shit, but really, could you imagine walking up on this scene? After the crazy day they just went through? Just a day or two before, their lives were normal…and now, this is happening. Peter Dawson’s chomping the Cruz’s dog in the living room, face down in that poor baby’s belly, feasting away, tearing flesh with his teeth, getting jiggy with it, face all covered with blood, like a wild fucking animal...and have I mentioned that my dreams have been weird as shit since I started watching this show?)

Dawson B. Infected be all like chewing and chomping and grunting and shit...ugh. This scene was really a rough one.

Dawson B. Infected be all like chewing and chomping and grunting and shit…ugh. This scene was really a rough one.

Suddenly, the lights flicker back on...

Suddenly, the lights flicker back on…

I just totally had to do a wine shot for this poor baby...we never even got to know his name, did we?

I just totally had to do a wine shot for this poor baby during the writing process...we never even got to know his name, did we?

Travis, looking majorly freaked, turns to Liza and tells her quickly to take Chris and get back to the car, now.

Travis, looking majorly freaked, turns to Liza and tells her quickly to take Chris and get back to the car, now.

That gets Dawson B. Infected's attention, and the zombie looks up from its feasting.

That gets Dawson B. Infected’s attention, and the zombie looks up from its feasting.

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“Get out of here,” Travis urges Liza and Chris, who look on, frozen with shock, as Dawson B. Infected raises itself from the disembowled remains of the dog and turns towards them.

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...who backs away, tries to talk to the walker,

…who backs away, tries to talk to the walker, “Peter? Hey, you’re sick…Peter? It’s Travis.”

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Dawson B. Infected rushes Travis, trying to bite at him, as Liza and Chris scream and Travis tries to push him back...

Dawson B. Infected rushes Travis, trying to bite at him, as Liza and Chris scream and Travis tries to push him back…

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Liza and Chris cry out as Travis falls back onto the floor, with Dawson B. on top of him, gnashing and snapping at Travis’s face.

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Madison hears the screams from inside her home, scrambles over the fence, calling for Travis.

“Travis! Travis!

Madison turns to Nick.

Madison turns to Nick. “Gimme the gun,” she commands him. Nick hands her the gun and Madison rushes towards the house.

Nick stops a moment as he climbs over the fence.

Nick stops a moment as he climbs over the fence. “The shells,” he realizes. He turns back to Alicia, “The shells…where are the shells?” Alicia gapes at him. They left them back at the Chans’ home. Nick turns back to climb over the fence. “All right, leave it, leave it, leave it, let’s go.” He jumps the fence and runs for the house. Alicia does not follow, turns back, jumps back down into the labyrinth to get the shells from inside the Chans’ home.

Meanwhile, it's getting pretty hairy for Travis as he tries to hold off Dawson B...

Meanwhile, things are getting pretty hairy for Travis as he tries to hold off Dawson B…

...who's bringing the attack full-on.

…who’s bringing the attack full-on.

Chris has rushed forward and managed to drag his dad back towards the steps, and Travis is able to bend his knees up and press his feet against Dawson B.'s belly...

Chris has rushed forward and managed to drag his dad back towards the steps, and Travis is able to bend his knees up and press his feet against Dawson B.’s belly…

...shoving the walker off him, hard, and sending Dawson B. backwards a few steps, buying Travis enough time to get up to standing.

…shoving the walker off him, hard, and sending Dawson B. backwards a few steps, buying Travis enough time to get up to standing.

As Alicia emerges from the winding labyrinth and runs towards the Chans'...

As Alicia emerges from the winding labyrinth and runs towards the Chans’…

...Travis shoves Dawson B. Infected up against the wall.

…Travis shoves Dawson B. Infected up against the wall.

And as Dawson B. surges forward with renewed fury, trying to chomp Travis...

And as Dawson B. surges forward with renewed fury, trying to chomp Travis…

...Alicia makes her way through the Chans' kitchen, towards the spot where the shells were left in the dining room.

…Alicia makes her way through the Chans’ kitchen, towards the spot where the shells were left in the dining room.

Alicia sees the box of shells on the floor, under the dining room table. She quickly gathers up the shells, scooping them back into the box.

Alicia sees the box of shells on the floor, under the dining room table. She quickly gathers up the shells, scooping them back into the box.

And as she rises to leave, she sees a disturbing sight on the table in front of her...an empty bottle of prescription pills, next to an elegant tea cup and saucer.

And as she rises to leave, she sees a disturbing sight on the table in front of her…an empty bottle of prescription pills, next to an elegant tea cup and saucer.

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The implication here, I think, is that Mrs. Chan took what appears to be an intentional overdose of pills...and we know what that means.

The implication here, I think, is that Mrs. Chan took what appears to be an intentional overdose of pills…and we know what that means.

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It means what Alicia is just beginning to realize, especially as she looks up to see Mrs. Chan’s feet under the saloon-style doors at the end of the hallway. Alicia instinctively knows better than to call out to Mrs. Chan…

Alicia does not make a sound as she watches a moment more...

Alicia does not make a sound as she watches a moment more…

...because there is definitely something very wrong with Mrs. Chan.

…because there is definitely something very wrong with Mrs. Chan. Alicia hears the creak of the doors as whomever, or whatever, begins to push them open.

The quick-thinking young girl darts down the hall and ducks out the side doorway towards the kitchen, out of the house before whoever, or whatever, is on the other side of those saloon-style doors can push them open.

The quick-thinking young girl darts down the hall towards the figure on the other side, ducking out the side doorway towards the kitchen and out of the house.

As Travis struggles to hold off Dawson B.'s savage attack...

As Travis struggles to hold off Dawson B.’s savage attack…

...the shine of a flashlight on the other side of the sliding glass door appears.

…the shine of a flashlight on the other side of the sliding glass door appears.

Madison runs in, gun in hand, but Travis, still holding off Dawson B., tells her not to shoot...

Madison runs in, gun in hand, but Travis, still holding off Dawson B., tells her not to shoot…seems like he’s really clinging to the delusion that Dawson’s just got a touch of the rabies or some shit.

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Madison holds the gun, her look like, “Um, sweetie? No offense, but, fuck that…I’m thinking, ‘Shoot.'”

Daniel Salazar appears, takes the gun from Madison, and orders Travis to stand back.

Just in time, Daniel Salazar appears, takes the gun from Madison, and orders Travis to stand back.

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Daniel raises the gun at Dawson B. Infected

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…and fires, catching the zombie in the side of the face.

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Madison recoils at the shot, but turns back in horror as she watches…

…what Daniel and the others are witnessing, with their own eyes…

...as Dawson B. Infected, who should have been felled, if not killed, by this shot to his face, remains standing, then slowly turns his face to the man who just shot him...

…as Dawson B. Infected, who should have been felled, if not killed, by this shot to his face, remains standing, slowly turning his blown-up face towards the man who just shot him, like, “Is that all you got, bitch?”

Undaunted, Daniel Salazar raises the shotgun once again.

Undaunted, Daniel Salazar raises the shotgun once again.

He marches toward the monster until the end of the shotgun is a mere inch or two from its face...

He marches toward the monster until the end of the shotgun is a mere inch or two from its face…

...and pulls the trigger once more.

…and pulls the trigger once more.

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Supremely gnarly.

Supremely gnarly.

Have I mentioned that Daniel Salazar is a total badass?

Have I mentioned that Daniel Salazar is a total badass?

Daniel turns, walks over to Madison, and hands the shotgun back to her before walking out of the room. Madison Clark, meet Daniel Salazar.

Daniel turns, walks over to Madison, and hands the shotgun back to her before walking out of the room. Madison Clark, meet Daniel Salazar.

Travis then turns to Madison and asks (I think),

Travis then turns to Madison and asks (I think), “What have you done?” which seemed like kind of a weird question to ask her. It’s like, “Um, what I’ve done is just helped save your ass, buddy!”

As Liza tries to process all this without going spontaneously insane, right then and there, Chris rushes outside to go hurl...and I can't say I blame him.

As Liza tries to process all this without going spontaneously insane, right then and there, Chris rushes outside to go hurl…and I can’t say I blame him.

Meanwhile, Alicia runs through the winding turns of the labyrinth, trying to get back to her house...

Meanwhile, Alicia runs through the winding turns of the labyrinth, trying to get back to her house…

The young woman stops, looks around, seemingly lost.

The young woman stops, looks around, seemingly lost in the maze. As she looks around, trying to get her bearings, the perspective shifts, as if someone, or something, is eyeing her from a nearby vantage point.

As Alicia rushes past, something grabs her long hair and pulls her hard against the framework wall of the labyrinth...

As Alicia rushes past, something grabs her long hair and pulls her hard against the framework wall of the labyrinth…

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...and a moment later, we see it's none other than Susan B. Infected, the reanimated neighbor.

…and a moment later, we see it’s none other than Susan B. Infected, the reanimated neighbor, savagely pulling at the young woman’s hair, trying to chomp her.

Alicia manages to break free of Susan B. Infected's grasp and sprints to the fence, trying to scramble up and over it as Susan B. Infected claws at the young woman, who kicks frantically at the frenzied she-walker.

Alicia manages to break free of Susan B. Infected’s grasp and sprints to the fence, trying to scramble up and over it as Susan B. Infected claws at the young woman, who kicks frantically at the clawing she-walker.

Chris rushes up, calling for Alicia, and grabs a hold of her, pulling her across. Alicia, terrified, continues to kick at the clawing dead woman, screaming, until she is finally free of those grabbing hands.

Chris rushes up, calling for Alicia, and grabs a hold of her, trying to pull her across the fence. Alicia, terrified, continues to kick at the clawing dead woman, screaming, until she is finally free of those frenzied, grabbing hands.

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Chris and Alicia topple to the ground, Chris underneath Alicia. To his credit, he is trying to talk to her, tell her who he is, that he's trying to help her...

Chris and Alicia topple to the ground, Chris underneath Alicia. To his credit, he is trying to talk to her, tell her who he is, that he’s trying to help her…

...but Alicia, in her panic, can't seem to register this fact, and delivers a hard, fast elbow into Chris's nose. No good deed goes unpunished...

…but Alicia, in her panic, can’t seem to register this fact, and delivers a hard, fast elbow into Chris’s nose. No good deed goes unpunished,…

As Alicia gets up and rushes over to her mom, Chris jumps up, facing Alicia angrily. His nose is bleeding.

As Alicia gets up and rushes over to her mom, Chris jumps up, facing Alicia angrily. His nose is bleeding. “I was trying to save you, Alicia!” he yells at her.

Travis tries to placate his son, telling him to calm down. Chris shoves his father angrily.

Travis tries to placate his son, telling him to calm down. Chris shoves his father angrily.You calm down, dad!” he yells, before stalking off.

Nick looks around at the retreating figure of the angry young man, like,

Nick looks around at the retreating figure of the angry young man, like, “Teenagers these days!”

Susan B. Infected presses her face against an opening in the fence, and reaches her arm out towards the living flesh on the other side, just out of reach. It is easy to imagine that she and the Clarks used this opening in the fence to greet each other, chat, in the days before the turn.

Susan B. Infected presses her face against an opening in the fence, and reaches her arm out towards the living flesh on the other side, just out of reach. It is easy to imagine that she and the Clarks used this opening in the fence to greet each other, chat, in the days before the turn.

“What’s wrong with Su Su?” Alicia asks her mother, shaken. Madison looks at the reanimated woman’s face pressed against the opening with dismay. “Oh my God, Susan!”

Madison watches Su Su B. hiss and reach towards them.

Madison watches Su Su B. hiss and reach towards them. “She’s sick,” Madison says. “Has she been bitten?” Travis asks, as he peers closer at Su Su. “I can’t tell,” Liza replies. Nick’s voice comes from behind them, “She’s not sick…”

“…she’s dead.”

Travis looks at Nick.

Travis looks at Nick. “Why would you say that?” he asks.

Nick looks at Travis.

Nick looks at Travis. “Cuz it’s the truth,” he says, matter-of-factly, like a child would.

As Alicia sobs in her mother's arms, insisting that Matt

As Alicia sobs in her mother’s arms, insisting that Matt “isn’t like that,” like Su Su, the others stand, processing all of this, in the yard, as Su Su B. Infected hisses and paws helplessly at them through the fence.

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“C’mon, let me help.”

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Travis walks Chris to the bedroom, asks Liza how Griselda is doing. Liza asks if they have anything for Mrs. Salazar's pain...

Travis walks Chris to the bedroom, asks Liza how Griselda is doing. Liza asks if they have anything for Mrs. Salazar’s pain…

...and Travis replies they have nothing stronger than an aspirin.

…and Travis replies they have nothing stronger than an aspirin.

Nick shifts uncomfortably, stays silent, as Liza shoots Travis an irritated, knowing look as she walks past him.

Liza shoots Nick a look at his, and Nick shifts uncomfortably against the doorframe he is leaning on, but says nothing, offers nothing.  Liza then fixes Travis an irritated, knowing look as she walks past him.

Travis then ups the awkwardness meter in the room by turning to Daniel and telling him, there's a phone in the kitchen if, you know, he wants to make that phone call...

Travis then ups the awkwardness meter in the room by turning to Daniel and telling him, there’s a phone in the kitchen if, you know, he wants to make that phone call…

Daniel Salazar is a proud man, and would not want to be beholden to anybody, especially a man who is basically telling him to get packing, no offense, but they're kind of on a deadline to get the hell outta town.

Daniel Salazar is a proud man, and would not want to be beholden to anybody, especially a man who is basically telling him to get packing, no offense, but they’re kind of on a deadline to get the hell outta town…

Daniel replies stiffly that he already made the call, and his cousin is coming to pick them up in the morning. Ofelia looks up at her father, knowing that even if he is lying to save face, that their best chances for survival lie with staying here, with Travis and his people.

Daniel replies stiffly that he did already make the call, and his cousin is coming to pick them up in the morning. Ofelia looks up at her father, knowing that even if he isn’t lying to save face, that their best chances for survival lie with staying here, with Travis and his people.

Griselda lays a calming hand on her daughter's shoulder, and gives Ofelia a knowing, motherly look. Now is not the time to challenge Daniel on this, but another time will present itself, soon enough.

Griselda lays a calming hand on her daughter’s shoulder, and gives Ofelia a knowing, motherly look. Now is not the time to challenge Daniel on this, but another time will present itself, soon enough. Travis awkwardly tells Ofelia that they will set her mother up in the other bedroom for the night, and Ofelia thanks him.

Madison, however, is no longer clinging to social niceties, and asks Travis if they are leaving...he replies yes, first thing in the morning, and Madison says unreservedly that they are packed, ready to go tonight...they were just waiting on him to return, and they are ready to leave, now.

Madison, however, is no longer clinging to social niceties, and asks Travis, “Are we leaving?” meaning, aren’t we leaving right now? Travis wants to do the right thing by the Salazars, and he replies yes, first thing in the morning… Madison says unreservedly that they are packed, ready to go tonight, that they were just waiting on him to return, and they are ready to leave, now. Awkward!

Travis, in a difficult position, asks Maddy if they can talk about this in the kitchen, but Madison stands and faces him, tells him that this thing is getting worse, not better, and they want to leave, now. Alicia echoes her mother's sentiments, and soon Travis has two Clark women giving him the biz as the others watch.

Travis is in a difficult position. Daniel Salazar took him, and Liza and Chris into his barbershop during the riot,  most likely saving their lives in doing so. Travis asks Maddy if they can talk about this in the kitchen. Madison stands and faces Travis, tells him no, this thing is getting worse, not better, and they want to leave, now.  Liza tries to interject on Travis’s behalf,  but Madison snuffs that shit real quick, basically tells Liza it’s not her her business, and not her place. Oh, snap!  Alicia then jumps up, echoing her mother’s sentiment, and before he knows it,  Travis has two Clark women giving him the biz as the others watch. Double awkward!

Madison relents, but on the condition that if they're staying the night at the house, then he needs to be the one to

Madison relents, but on the condition that if they’re staying the night at the house, then he needs to be the one to “take care of Peter.” Madison then turns on her heel and stalks out of the room. Oh, double snap!

Travis processes this, then looks around at everyone before leaving the room, himself. Liza returns to tending Griselda's foot, which is looking pretty messed up.

Travis processes this, then looks around at everyone before leaving the room, himself. Liza returns to tending Griselda’s foot, which is looking pretty messed up.

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“You can get gas from the truck.” Travis looks up to see Daniel Salazar standing there, watching him. “For what?” Travis asks, genuinely puzzled.

“Burn him,” Daniel replies, matter-of-factly. “If you burn him, the sickness will not spread.” But Travis refuses. “We don’t know how this spreads,” he replies, huffing as he tries to move Peter Dawson’s body, rolled up in a length of old carpet.

“I understand. You knew this man,” says Daniel, with a nod and a knowing smile. Travis looks up from dragging the body. “Yeah, I did,” he says. He looks at Daniel. “He didn’t deserve this.” Daniel looks at Travis, says nothing, turns and walks back into the house, leaving Travis to drag Peter Dawson’s body towards the makeshift grave spot the back yard.

When Travis is finished, he comes into the kitchen, where Liza is scrubbing at the sink. She turns to Travis.

“It’s true, what you said…they don’t die. They keep coming back.”

Travis comes over to the sink, washes his hands, then stops, looks at Liza.

“What?” Liza asks. Travis tells her it’s good what she’s doing, taking care of Griselda. Liza replies that she isn’t doing much, and Travis tells her she is, to give herself a break. Liza replies that she gave herself a long break, before, and then realized that she could be doing a lot more.

Travis tells Liza that he always knew that about her. Liza looks up at him with a smile, corrects him,

Travis tells Liza that he always knew that about her. Liza looks up at him with a small smile, corrects him, “No, you always said that.”

Travis does not reply, turns back to the sink, and Liza reports on Griselda's foot...it is crushed, and the tissue has already started to die...untreated, infection will set in, poison Griselda's blood, leading to organ failure. Travis turns to Liza, tells her it's not going to come to that.

Travis does not reply, turns back to the sink, and Liza reports on Griselda’s foot…it is crushed, and the tissue has already started to die…untreated, infection will set in, poison Griselda’s blood, leading to organ failure. Travis turns to Liza, tells her it’s not going to come to that.

“Oh yeah?” Liza asks him. She looks up at him with a sad, knowing smile. Once again, it’s Travis to the rescue. She teases, gently, “Who’s gonna stop it? You? You can’t fix everything, Travis.” Travis dries his hands, turns to walk out of the kitchen, turns back for a moment. “You know, I’m relieved…I thought it was gonna be awkward, having two wives in the house.” Ha!

Meanwhile, in Alicia's room, Ofelia does her best to make Griselda comfortable. When Daniel walks in, Ofelia tries to talk some sense into her father.

Meanwhile, in Alicia’s room, Ofelia does her best to make Griselda comfortable. When Daniel walks in, Ofelia tries to talk some sense into her father. “We should go with them tomorrow, then.” Daniel closes the blinds. “No,” he refuses, flatly.

“We don’t know what this is,” Ofelia says. “We can’t handle this on our own.”

“I can handle it,” Daniel replies.

When Ofelia protests, Daniel walks over and closes the door. He turns back to his wife and daughter. “This is the wrong time to be in someone else’s debt,” he says, with emphasis. “They are not family.”

Ofelia then calls Daniel out on his lie about the cousin picking them up, adding that Daniel told her that all their family is buried in El Salvador. Daniel insists that this house is good for Griselda to rest, and Ofelia asks him what happens when the others leave tomorrow.

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Daniel tells his daughter to calm down, that he knows where to go. Ofelia insists that they should go with Travis and his people. Griselda speaks up, tells Ofelia to trust her father, that he’s always looked out for them. Ofelia, torn between her love and loyalty to her parents, and what she knows is their best chance, walks out of the room, upset. Daniel and Griselda share a gentle joke between each other before Daniel turns back to his post at the window, peering through the blinds.

Madison looks out the window at Su Su B. Infected, still snarling and pawing through the opening in the fence.

Madison looks out the window at Su Su B. Infected, still snarling and pawing through the opening in the fence.

Travis comes in, and the two share a cuddle as he tells her he had to bring the Salazars.

Travis comes in, and the two share a cuddle as he tells her he had to bring the Salazars. “They took us in, Maddy.” Travis then apologizes to Maddy for what Daniel did, i.e. blowing Dawson B.’s head off in her house.

“He had to,” Maddy replies, and then hugs Travis, hard. “I thought I lost you,” she says.

“No,” Travis tells her. “You won’t lose me. You’re never gonna lose me. I won’t leave you again.”

Later, Liza goes to get a drink, and finds Madison in the kitchen. When her attempt at small-talk fails, Liza tells Madison that she doesn't want to cause problems...

Later, Liza goes to get a drink, and finds Madison in the kitchen. When her attempt at small-talk fails, Liza tells Madison that she doesn’t want to cause problems…

“Madison, I know we’re not friends. I’m saying this to you as a mother. We should support each other, you and me. The kids need it. They need reassurance right now, and…”

Madison cuts in, looks at Liza.

Madison cuts in, looks at Liza. “I need something from you.”

Madison turns to look back out the window, towards her undead neighbor, Su Su.

Madison turns to look back out the window, towards her undead neighbor, Su Su. “That woman outside? That’s Susan.”

“She watched my kids while I went to work…took care of me after my husband died.” Liza says softly, “Sounds like a good friend.” “She was,” Madison replies.

Madison turns and looks at Liza.

Madison turns and looks at Liza. “And if ever I end up like her, I need you to take care of it. Don’t make Travis do it. It would break him.” (Besides marveling at what a badass Madison is in this scene, I was left with the sinking feeling that she may be foretelling her own death, and future events to follow, at some point as the FTWD storyline unfolds…and I would really hate that, because she is becoming one of my fave characters in this show.) 

Liza looks at Madison a long moment, nods her head, slightly, before turning and walking out of the room, leaving Madison alone with her drink, watching Su Su B. Infected snarl and reach out towards her home, and all the living people inside it.

The next morning, Travis begins the thankless job of digging Peter Dawson's grave.

The next morning, Travis begins the thankless job of digging Peter Dawson’s grave.

The sounds of Travis's shovel spearing the earth get Su Su B.'s undead attention, and she comes to the opening in the fence...surely, she has been wandering the labyrinth all night, if not peering and reaching through the fence towards the house of the living.

The sounds of Travis’s shovel spearing the earth get Su Su B.’s undead attention, and she comes to the opening in the fence…surely, she has been wandering the labyrinth all night, if not peering and reaching through the fence towards the house of the living.

Travis turns to look at her.

Travis turns to look at her.

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“Good morning, Susan,” Travis says sadly, drily, before turning back to his digging.

After taking out the garbage, and sharing a mutual vibing session with a biker-looking live neighbor doing the same, Travis returns to find Daniel showing Chris the workings and parts of the shotgun he used to rekill Peter Dawson’s reanimated corpse just the night before.

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“What the hell are you doing?”

“The more the boy knows, the safer he’ll be,” Daniel Salazar asserts. Madison, who had been watching, interjects that she didn’t see the harm… “You know how I feel about guns,” Travis says to her, as they turn to pack the car and leave for the desert.

But before they leave, there is something that Maddy must do...

But before they leave, there is something that Maddy must do…

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“Susan,” whispers Maddy.

But Travis stops Maddy before she can bludgeon her friend Susan out of her undead misery.

But Travis stops Maddy before she can bludgeon her friend Susan out of her undead misery.

Daniel, watching this through the window, shakes his head, pronounces Travis,

Daniel, watching this through the window, shakes his head, pronounces Travis, “Weak.”

“I need a couple more.”

“They’re leaving,” Ofelia says. “Good,” replies Daniel. “This is insane, Papa, we have to go with them,” insists Ofelia. “Tell me what you’re afraid of.” “Nothing,” replies Daniel, smiling at his wife.

“You are being stubborn, paranoid…we need the nurse. These are good people, Papa.” Daniel turns to his daughter. “Good people are the first ones to die,” he says.

As military helicopters fly overhead...

As military helicopters fly overhead…

...Madison, Travis, and their families load into the car, truck and pull out of the driveway.

…Madison, Travis, and their families load into the car, truck and pull out of the driveway.

The pass the sad remains of the Cruz's bloodied bounce house.

The pass the sad remains of the Cruz’s bloodied bounce house.

As they prepare to turn out of the neighborhood, Madison sees, with no small amount of horror...

As they prepare to turn out of the neighborhood, Madison sees, with no small amount of horror…

...Patrick Chan returning home, pulling his suitcase from his car, and heading towards his house, where his reanimated wife, Su Su, wanders the back yard labyrinth.

…Patrick Chan returning home, pulling his suitcase from his car, and heading towards his house, where his reanimated wife, Su Su, wanders the back yard labyrinth  

Travis looks back to see that Madison has turned and driving towards Patrick, having called out his name, to no avail.

Travis looks back to see that Madison has turned and driving towards Patrick, having called out his name, to no avail.

“Susan? Susan! I’m home…the airport’s shut down, I drove all the way…I tried to call you!”

Poor Patrick Chan stops short when he sees his wife...

Poor Patrick Chan stops short when he sees his wife…

...rather, what used to be his wife. (So sad, especially when I think that if this zombie apocalypse wasn't all going down, poor Patrick Chan would have come home to a dead wife, an empty bottle of pills, and a suicide note...either way sucks so bad for this nice-seeming man who just wanted to get back home to his wife!)

…rather, what used to be his wife. (So sad, especially when I think that if this zombie apocalypse wasn’t all going down, poor Patrick Chan would have come home to a dead wife, an empty bottle of pills, and a suicide note…either way sucks so bad for this nice-seeming man who just wanted to get back home to his wife!) 😦

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Stricken, Patrick Chan does not hear Madison behind him, trying to warn him not to touch her, that she isn’t his wife any more…he leans in as Su Su B. Infected reaches up for him, as if for a hug…

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…and as Su Su B. goes in for the chomp, a shot rings out from behind Patrick…

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The military rushes in and grabs Madison and the others, leading them away as they surround poor sobbing Patrick Chan and his rekilled wife.

The military rushes in and grabs Madison and the others, leading them away as they surround poor sobbing Patrick Chan and his rekilled wife.

In the next shot, we see military in full-protective clothing carrying off the sad remains of the Cruzes.

In the next shot, we see military in full-protective clothing carrying off the sad remains of the Cruzes.

“How many in the household?” “Nine…Travis Manawa, Chris Manawa, Liza Manawa, Madison Clark, Alicia Clark, Nick Clark…Daniel Salazar, Griselda Salazar, Ofelia Salazar.” “Big family.”

Madison walks to the back and asks the soldiers what they did with her neighbor, Patrick Chan.

Madison walks to the back and asks the soldiers what they did with her neighbor, Patrick Chan.

The soldier replies that he was covered in

The soldier replies that he was covered in “the infected’s blood.” Madison asks if blood is how it’s transmitted, and the soldier does not answer, asks her instead if anybody in her household has been exposed…Madison lies, says no.

The soldier turns and asks,

The soldier turns and asks, “What’s that?” as he gestures towards the freshly buried mounds in the yard.

“Our dog died.”

Meanwhile, Nick's junkie ass gets stone-cold busted as he tries to break into a neighbor's home, trolling for meds...

Meanwhile, Nick’s junkie ass gets stone-cold busted as he tries to break into a neighbor’s home, trolling for meds…

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Travis stands in the front yard, watching the military trucks and personnel swarming the neighborhood. Madison walks up beside him. As they stand together, watching, Travis says,

Travis stands in the front yard, watching the military trucks and personnel swarming the neighborhood. Madison walks up beside him. As they stand together, watching, Travis says, “The calvary has arrived…”

“…it’s going to get better now.”

Well, gang, I said I was only going to post a few pictures and a playlist each post for FTWD, but if there’s one thing we can all be sure of, by now…don’t believe anything I say! As soon as I say I’m going to do one thing, I turn around and do the total opposite.

Tweaker is as tweaker do, I guess!

Enjoy the playlist…it’s 99% L.A., and 100% awsome!

Now onto this week’s episode post…coming asap to a screen near you! xoxo

To Live and Die in L.A. Playlist:

Guns N Roses, “Welcome To The Jungle”

Noctuary, “Die Hard”

Dead Kennedys, “California Uber Alles”

X, “Your Phone’s Off The Hook, But You’re Not”

FIDLAR, “Paycheck”

Local Natives, “Wide Eyes”

Dum Dum Girls, “Coming Down”

Ariel Pink, “Picture Me Gone”

Fear The Walking Dead, Episode 2, “So Close, Yet So Far”

FTWD Ep. 2, “So Close, Yet So Far”

(All images used in this post are screen caps from AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead” unless otherwise specified.)

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“Matt?”

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“Matt?”

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(gasping)

(sound of wheezing, gasping from floor)

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“Oh my god…”

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(squeal of wheels)

(squeal of wheels)

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Travis!

(truck horn blares)

(truck horn blares)

“Sorry!”

Screech!

<Screech!>

Chris…it’s an emergency, man! Call me right back!”

“Baby, call me back…call me back right away.”

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Travis: “Try the home phone.” (crackle of the radio as Nick fiddles with stations, listens)

“Nick!”

No one’s talking about thisno one’s saying anything.”

“We need to get away from this citywe need to get away from people…”

“…just grab Alicia, Eliza, Chris and just go, until we know what this thing is.”

“The desert?”

“Yeah! We’ll be ok there…it’ll be safe.”

(Madison’s phone rings)

Alicia! Where the hell are you?” Mom…” ” “Listen, we got Nick, we’re coming to get you…I need you to pack some things for us, load up some groceries, ok?” “No, I can’t…” 

“We’re going out of town.” “What? No, I can’t!” “Why? What’s wrong?”

“He’s sick…he’s really sick.” “Who? Who’s sick?”

“Matt…his fever’s like 103...I tried to get him in the bath, but it hurts when I touch him…”

“Don’t…”

“…don’t touch him! I need you to call 911.

“I triedit’s busy. His parents are in Vegas…they’re not picking up.

“Ok, we’re coming to get you...just stay away from Matt until we get there, ok?

(crackle of phone losing connection)

(crackle of phone losing connection) “Mom?”

Alicia…Alicia!”  Travis: “We’re 10 minutes away.”

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“Alicia…move away from him.”

“What’s wrong with you?”

People have been getting sick...it could be contagious.”

“If he has it, I have it.”

Travis:

Travis: “Alicia, can I talk to him?”

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“Alicia…would you?”

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“C’mon…c’mon!

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“Is that a bite? Matt: “Yeah…” (nods weakly)

(to Travis)

(to Travis) “Is that how it happens?” 

I don’t know…I mean, Calvin was shot…it wasn’t…it wasn’t like this…”

“Get Alicia.”

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Alicia:

Alicia: “What are you talking about?”

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Madison (walking towards Alicia and guiding her back away from the room:

Madison (walking towards Alicia and guiding her back away from the room): “I’m gonna call 911 from outside.” Alicia: “Fine, I’ll wait for them here…” Madison: “Get outside.” Alicia: “Mom…!” 

Madison:

Madison: “Don’t do this…don’t…don’t do this. Alicia: “What the hell are you doing? Are you psychotic? He’s sick!”

Matt:

Matt: “Alicia.”

Alicia (softly):

Alicia (softly): “Hey…you want some water?”

Matt winces, shakes his head, looks away, sadly.

Matt winces, shakes his head, looks away, sadly.

He looks back at Alicia.

He looks back at Alicia.

“Listen to me…”

“…my parents’ll be home soon, and I’ll be fine.” Matt keeps his voice casual, manages a smile at Alicia. “You know that.”

Alicia:

Alicia: “I’m not leaving you…”

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“I love you.”

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“I love you, too…”

“…that’s why you gotta go…”

“…ok?”

“You gotta go.”

Matt looks at Alicia, says, more forcefully,

Matt looks at Alicia, says, more forcefully, “Go.”

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Madison whispers,

Madison whispers, “Thank you,” to Matt before gently pulling Alicia away, and leading her out of the room.

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As Matt watches Alicia leave, he seems to know that it will be the last time he will ever see her.

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We will probably never know the details of Matt’s attack, how or where he was bitten, but actor Maestro Harrell plays this scene beautifully, as Matt seems to know that he is both gravely ill and potentially a real danger to Alicia if she stays with him.

Poor Matt coughs, exhausted...

Poor Matt coughs, gags, exhausted, lying back heavily on the pillow…

...as Travis looks back, one more time, at the young man before following the others.

…and as Travis looks once more towards Matt, before following the others, we see that he is beginning to realize, on some level, that this poor, brave young man most likely will die an agonizing death in that bed, alone, before becoming…something else…some kind of monster.  😦 ❤

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Meanwhile, on the bus…

“Cops shot some homeless dude…shot him like 20 times!”

And back at the homestead…

“Alicia!”

Hey, Travis! Gladys is nine, can you believe it? So scary...”

You should come by…we have a ton of food…we’re getting a bunch of cancels because of that bug that’s going around, so

“…we’ll see you.”

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“Looks like Peter’s got the right idea.”

Looks like Peter's got something else, too...

Looks like Peter’s got something else, too…

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“Mom, are you going to tell her? Mrs. Cruz?” Tell her what?” “What’s happening.” “Nick, we don’t know what’s happening.”

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“We know more than she does!” “Ok, I’ll talk to her…I’ll tell her what’s happening.”

“It’s like, no one is paying attention…it’s like. it’s not real.

Madison:

Madison: “It is…it’s real.”

“You saved us.”

“You had no other choice.”

Nick looks at his mom.

Nick looks at his mom. “I’m about to step into a world of shit…

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“…you know that, right?

“Yeah.”

“Travis, go…go get them, now…call me if you’re going to be longer.”

“If I’m longer, go without me

“…I’ll catch up.” Madison: “No.”

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“Alicia…Alicia! I need the bucket! Alicia!

“Dr. Han, hi, it’s Maddy Clark, again…listen, uh, Nick’s really hurting right now, and I just need you to call in the prescription, so I can pick it up, but I’m really worried about him, and I think he really, really needs it.”

“The longer we leave him, the worse it’ll get…he won’t be able to travel. Mom, what are you going to do?” “I don’t know…Dr. Han’s not calling me back, and now I can’t even reach Travis.”

“Do you have anything stashed? Vicodin? From my wisdom teeth?” “No, I flushed it.” “It’s dangerous for him to go cold turkey like this.” “I know…”

Madison thinks, has idea:

(Madison thinks, has idea): “Watch him! Don’t leave the house!”

“Alicia! Promise me!” “I’ll look after him!”

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That's never a good sign...

Not a good sign…

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(Madison hears someone behind her, whirls around, cries out...)

Madison hears someone behind her, whirls around with a cry of surprise…and fear…

...and sees Tobias.

…and sees Tobias standing there.

“Can I have my knife back?”

Meanwhile…

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“Yo, this is wrong, man…”

“…wrong, wrong, WRONG.” “Back away, sir,  get on with  your business.”

“This is his business!”

“That man never hurt a fly! That man was unarmed!”

“L.A.P.D.’s out of control!”

Officer:

Officer: “Hey, kid, put the camera down.

“Naw, naw naw naw naw, homie, keep that camera up, I’m gonna give Officer Jackpool here a civics lesson.” “You wanna go to jail, son?”

“What for? He ain’t breakin’ any laws!” (Cop turns and calls for backup, to renewed taunts from the crowd of spectators.)

Back at the school, Madison hands Tobias his knife, tells him,

Back at the school, Madison hands Tobias his knife, tells him, “Be careful.”

And back at the Clark's home, Nick is kicking, hard...

And back at the Clark’s home, Nick is kicking, hard…Alicia brings him soup, which he refuses, offers water… “Water’s not what I need!” Nick laments.

“We know what you need, Nick…Mom’s working on it.”

(Outside, the sound of little Gladys crying.)

(Outside, the sound of little Gladys crying over her ruined birthday party.) “It’s her party, and she’ll cry if she wants to,” Alicia quips, gazing out the window at the sad spectacle across the street.

As Nick continues to hurl into the bucket...

As Nick continues to hurl into the bucket…

...Alicia seems to come to a decision.

Alicia seems to come to a decision.

Nick sees Alicia grab her backpack and a thermos of soup and head towards the door.

Nick sees Alicia grab her backpack and a thermos of soup and head towards the door.

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“No, Alicia! You can’t go back there! You promised Mom!” Alicia whirls on her brother, “You make promises all the time! Nick, LIE DOWN!”

Nick puts a hand up to placate his sister's fury as he backs down towards the floor.

Nick puts a hand up to placate his sister’s fury as he backs down towards the floor. “I’m an asshole, I’m an asshole,” he agrees hurriedly. “But, listen, Alicia, please, if you leave…”

“…you won’t come back.”

MattMatt’s not safe. You don’t know what it makes people do, you don’t know what I had to do, Alicia, you don’t know!

As Alicia walks out and away from the house, she can hear Nick yelling at her, warning her about Matt...and then she hears the crash of Nick collapsing inside.

As Alicia walks out and away from the house, she can hear Nick yelling at her from inside, “Matt will hurt you, he will kill you, Alicia!”and then, she hears the crash of Nick collapsing inside the house.

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“No, no, no, not now, not now! Don’t you do this…don’t you do this to me, you stupid son of a bitch!

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“Shhh…”

(Phone rings.)

(At the protest, Chris hears his phone inside his pocket, looks, answers it.) “Mom? Mom?!” “Where the hell are you?” “Dad? What are you doing with Mom’s phone?”

“I’m with your mother; we’re coming to get you. Tell us where you are.” “I’m at a protest…the cops, they shot this homeless man, Dad…he wasn’t even doing anything. The people, they are taking action…this is important, Dad!  I gotta go. I’m part of it, ok? I gotta go, Dad.” (Click) “Chris!”

“I know where he is!”

Meanwhile, back at the high school, Tobias is talking apocalypse…and as he and Madison push through the doors of the school cafeteria, Tobias throws out what my friend Mona said, later, as we talked over the fence of the dog park in our neighborhood, what seems like a possible theory of the walker apocalypse…watch it again if you didn’t catch it, and listen carefully…Tobias talks fast, so even after repeated playbacks, I still can’t quite get it…something like about “virus/ survive a nuclear attack” and it “expires in like the year 3,000.”

And then, after dropping what may be a major Easter Egg compliments of Kirkman & Erickson, Esq., Tobias asks Madison, “What did you come back for?” and the conversation then turns to Nick, and away from what Tobias just said…

I don’t know if if means anything, dear readers, but wouldn’t it be so So Classic Kirkman to casually throw the real cause of the zombie apocalypse in a rushed, hushed exchange between a geeky teen and a guidance counselor in a high school cafeteria as they hurry to stock up on canned goods?

Watch it, listen, and write to me, people! I still have no earthly idea what Tobias said…all I know is it may expire in the year 3,000…and that’s hopeful, right? 

A mere millennium away.

As they hoist themselves over the cafeteria counters, Tobias schools Madison on the way of the new order: “The looters hit the pharmacies first, then the gun shops, then the liquor stores…the less you go out, the less chance you get exposed.”

As he helps Madison across the cafeteria's counter, Tobias asks her,

As he helps Madison across, Tobias asks her, “Hey Miss C, have you seen any of them yet? I…I’ve only seen them online.”

Madison regards the boy for a brief moment before lying,

Madison regards the boy for a brief moment before lying, “No. Let’s hurry this up.”

They open the doors to the cafeteria's pantry, to reveal a stocked larder of canned goods.

They open the doors to the cafeteria’s pantry, to reveal a stocked larder of canned goods. “Motherload,” smiles Tobias.

As Tobias stocks up, Madison remarks, “Wow, you’re stocking up for a while.” “It’s gonna be a while,” replies Tobias as he loads up the cans. “You should stock up too, Miss C.”

Madison looks away, peers around the cafeteria. “No, we have food,” she replies.

Meanwhile…

Nick awakes to the sound of his sister scrubbing his vomit off the floor.

Nick awakes to the sound of his sister scrubbing his vomit off the floor. “I’m sorry,” he says softly.

“She should have been back by now,” Alicia replies, not looking at Nick. “Somebody should have called…by now.”

Nick looks up at his sister, says humbly, “Thank you.”

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“I hate you.”

“I know.”  And as Nick settles back into the couch to sleep some more, the lights flicker out, leaving Alicia kneeling on the floor, in the darkness, with the wail of nearby sirens screaming in the background.

As they wind through the empty hallways of the school school, Madison and Tobias’s conversation is not much more uplifting. As he pushes a cart stocked with his haul of canned goods, Tobias continues his grim tutorial of the new world order they are facing:

“The desert will be safer, because things fall apart now. No satellites, no internet, no cell phones. Communications will fail, because no one’s there to manage the servers…the electrical grid will collapse, for the same reason…it’s all gonna go to hell…

And that’s what they don’t get…when civilization ends, it ends fast.

Madison looks up at Tobias. “They are going to contain it,” she asserts quietly.

Tobias regards Madison. “The same “they” that’s supposed to warn us?”

Madison gives the young man a mock “smart-aleck” face and touches his shoulder gently as she strides by him, to lead him out of the office. “Come on,” she says softly, and then…

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…then, there’s a noise. An unholy, inhuman noise, like the vocalization of a wild animal…

...coming through on Artie's schoolwide audio survelliance monitor.

…coming through on Artie’s schoolwide audio surveillance monitor.

Madison and Tobias stand a moment, listening to the savage noise.

Madison and Tobias stand a moment, listening to the savage noise. “It’s one of them,” Tobias realizes aloud. Then they hear the alert of the door alarm, the metal scanner that the students must pass through into school each day.

Madison looks with alarm towards the sound, knowing whoever, or whatever tripped the scanner is close. She urges Tobias out of the office and they begin to run, pushing the cart through the hallways...

Madison looks with alarm towards the sound, knowing whoever, or whatever tripped the scanner is close. She urges Tobias out of the office and they begin to run, pushing the cart through the hallways…

Tobias runs back for a lost can, and Madison urges him,

Tobias runs back for a lost can, and Madison urges him, “Leave it! Tobias! Leave it!

As they push through the set of double doors leading to the school entrance/exit, Madison sees...

As they push through the set of double doors leading to the school entrance/exit, Madison sees…

“Artie?”

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No answer from what looks like Artie’s back walking slowly through the doors, so Madison steps closer, calls again, “Artie?”

This time, she gets a response...

This time, she gets a response…

Upon seeing this, Tobias begins to back away,

Upon seeing this, Tobias begins to back away, “We-we-we gotta go, we gotta go!” He grabs the cart and wheels it around to flee, frantically trying the knob of a locked door, then turning towards the double doors behind him, which are also locked.

Madison watches...

Madison watches…

...as something that was once her dear friend, and colleague, lurches through the doors, towards her.

…as something that was once her dear friend, and colleague, lurches through the doors, towards her.

“Artie? Can you hear me?” “He can’t hear you, you know he can’t! Tobias cries to Madison as he frantically tries all the doors, to no avail.

As Artie Walker menaces towards her, Madison tries one more time to hold onto hope,

As Artie Walker menaces towards her, Madison tries one more time to hold onto hope, Artie? We’ll get you help, Artie.”

The thing that was once her friend continues to lurch towards Madison...

The monster that was once a fine man, and a dedicated principal, continues to lurch towards Madison…

...and bare its teeth.

…and begins to bare its teeth.

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Tobias grabs for his knife.

Tobias grabs for his knife.

“Artie, stop…

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“…we’ll get you help, ok? We’ll get you…help,” and with that, Artie Walker lunges towards Madison with a snarl.

Madison, really terrified now, cries,

Madison, really terrified now, cries,Now, stop!”

And with a battle cry, Tobias rushes forward and plunges his knife into Artie Walker's chest.

With a cry, Tobias rushes forward and plunges his knife into Artie Walker’s chest.

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But, of course, the walker keeps coming.

But, of course, the walker keeps coming.

Tobias goes for the head, next...

Tobias goes for the head, next…

But Artie keeps coming for him.

But Artie keeps coming for him.

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Tobias and the walker tumble down the stairs…

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The walker presses forward, pinning Tobias down, in its undead singular purpose...

The walker presses forward, pinning Tobias down, in its undead singular purpose…

...to eat the flesh of the living.

…to eat the flesh of the living.

Tobias screams for help as Madison quickly looks around, then opens the fire extinguisher cabinet, pulls out the fire extinguisher, and brains Artie Walker across the head as hard as she can...

Tobias screams for help as Madison quickly looks around, then opens the fire extinguisher cabinet, pulls out the fire extinguisher, and brains Artie Walker across the head as hard as she can…

...the walker, however, keeps getting up and going back for Tobias, still on the floor...it is relentless, savage, and Madison must keep hitting it, finally bringing the canister down hard and heavy on Artie Walker's head, with all her might.

…the walker, however, keeps getting up and going back for Tobias, still on the floor…it is relentless, savage, and Madison must keep hitting it, finally bringing the canister down hard and heavy on Artie Walker’s head, with all her might.

Madison's first walker kill.

It’s Madison’s first walker kill.

As Madison and Tobias walk away from the school, towards her car...

As Madison and Tobias walk away from the school,  dazed, towards her car…

...we see Madison stop a moment, take one last look at the empty school, the buses. Everything will be different, from now on...

…we see Madison stop a moment, take one last look at the empty school, the buses. Madison knows now that everything will be different, from now on…

...everything's changed.

…nothing will ever be the same as it was.

Meanwhile, downtown, the protest continues to escalate as Travis and Liza search for Chris, calling his name.

Meanwhile, downtown, the protest continues to escalate as Travis and Liza search for Chris, winding through the angry mob, calling for him.

They find him, and as Travis tries to talk his resistant son into leaving, now, and coming with them...

They find him, and as Travis tries to talk his resistant son into leaving, now, and coming with them…

...Liza makes her way to the front of the crowd and crouches down to get a good look through the bars of the barricade.

…Liza makes her way to the front of the crowd and crouches down to get a good look through the bars of the barricade.

We see the homeless man who police shot, a bullet hole through one eye, and what looks like a gored-open wound in the front of the dead man's neck...it is easy to surmise that the homeless man fell prey to a walker attack, reanimated, and was put down by police.

We see the body of the homeless man who police shot, a bullet hole through one eye, and what looks like a gored-open wound in the front of the dead man’s neck…it is easy to surmise that the homeless man fell prey to a walker attack, reanimated, and was put down by police.

Liza sees the EMT's file out of the ambulance with head-to-toe hazmat suits to collect the body.

Liza sees the EMT’s file out of the ambulance with head-to-toe hazmat suits to collect the body.

We see a lone female officer standing at her post, with a figure emerging from behind, shuffling towards the officer...

We see a lone female officer standing at her post, with a figure emerging from behind, shuffling towards the officer…

...and as Travis, Chris, and Liza try to run in one direction, they stop at the sight of police officers, clad in full riot gear, marching towards the unruly crowd of protestors.

…and as Travis, Chris, and Liza try to run in one direction, they stop at the sight of police officers, clad in full riot gear, marching towards the unruly crowd of protestors.

We see the pale figure shuffling towards the female officer is the reanimated corpse of a young woman...the officer raises her gun, calls to the young woman to stop...

We see the pale figure shuffling towards the female officer is the reanimated corpse of a young woman…the officer raises her gun, calls to the young woman to stop…

...to no avail. of course. The officer raises her hand in the

…to no avail. of course. The officer raises her hand in the universal “halt” position, orders the shuffling figure to stop, then fires upon the walker.

The first shot pierces the body of the young woman in the chest, which of course does not stop the walker. The officer fires again...

The first shot pierces the body of the young woman in the chest, which of course does not stop the walker. The officer fires again…

...this time, nailing the walker in the eye. The reanimated young woman slumps to the ground amidst screams from onlookers.

…this time, nailing the walker in the eye. The reanimated young woman slumps to the ground amidst screams from onlookers.

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To the protesting onlookers, it appears that yet another officer shot down an unarmed young woman, and this incites a fresh wave of fear and terror among the crowd. The protest begins to escalate into a full-fledged riot.

Liza, Chris, and Travis break into a full run for their safety as everything around them begins to devolve into violence and chaos.

Liza, Chris, and Travis break into a full run for their safety as everything around them begins to unravel and  devolve deeper into violence and chaos.

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As the streets begin to erupt into violence, Travis, Liza and Chris have nowhere to run.

As the streets begin to erupt into violence, Travis, Liza and Chris have nowhere to run.

Travis sees a barber pulling down the metal door over his storefront, and quickly asks the man if they can take refuge inside his shop.

Travis sees a barber pulling down the metal door over his storefront, and quickly asks the man if they can take refuge inside his shop.

At first, the barber refuses, but then hears a voice behind him...

At first, the barber refuses, but then hears a voice behind him…

...as his wife commands him to let them inside, and close the door.

…as his wife commands him to let them inside, and close the door.

After a moment's hesitation, and a stray rioter bowing up on Chris, the barber concedes to his wife's wishes and lets Travis and his family inside the shop.

After a moment’s hesitation, and a stray rioter bowing up on Chris, the barber concedes to his wife’s wishes and lets Travis and his family inside the shop.

And not a moment too soon, for as soon as the barber pulls the metal door down and barricades his door, rioters launch themselves at the metal door, pushing and kicking at it as they run past.

And not a moment too soon, for as soon as the barber pulls the metal door down and barricades his door, rioters launch themselves at the metal door, pushing and kicking at it as they run past.

Travis asks if there is a back exit they can use...

Travis asks if there is a back exit they can use…

...and the barber replies, no, the front entrance is the only entrance. Travis begins to stride towards the back of the shop in search of a way up to the roof...at Liza's admonishment at his lack of manners, Travis maintains that a vantage point from the roof would allow them to see what was happening more clearly.

…and the barber replies, no, the front entrance is the only entrance. Travis begins to stride towards the back of the shop in search of a way up to the roof…at Liza’s admonishment at his lack of manners, Travis maintains that a vantage point from the roof would allow them to see what was happening more clearly.

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The barber tells Travis that they will be plenty safe in the front room.

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Just then, the barber and his wife’s young daughter, Ofelia, comes out from the back room, takes note of the situation, and politely asks Travis, “Who are you?”

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Travis awkwardly introduces himself, Chris and Liza, and explains that he and his family needed a safe place to ride out the mayhem happening outside.

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Travis turns and thanks the barber and his family for taking them in, and that they would not stay any longer than needed.

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The barber, his wife, and his daughter hold a quiet family conference, check in with each other as Travis and his family go to the front room to wait out the riot outside.

Meanwhile…

“L.A. county health officials recommend that Angelinos stay inside…if you don’t need to travel, don’t. If you must leave your house, take precautions…local neighborhood watch programs are being established in many neighborhoods throughout the city.”

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“You can stay with us, Tobias, until this is over.”

“This doesn’t end.”

“There’s room, it’s safe,” Madison offers. “You’ve got to take care of your son,” replies Tobias.

“I’ll be ok…you?

“Yeah.”

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Travis:

Travis: “Thank you.”

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“Thank my wife.”

Chris (looking through the spaces in the window barricade):

Chris (looking through the spaces in the window barricade): “This is insane.” Travis: “Chris, get away from the window…you don’t want to see anything out there.”

Liza looks at Travis as he surveys the situation outside, asks softly,

Liza looks at Travis as he surveys the situation outside, asks softly, “What do you know? What have you seen?

“I’ve seen what people do…and what they don’t do…”

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“…it doesn’t make sense. They don’t die…they come back.

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“We’ve gotta get far away from what’s outside…”

“…all of us.”

Alicia:

Alicia: “What took you so long?” Madison: “Shut the door.”

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Madison: “How’s your brother?” Nick (waking up): “Never better.” Alicia: “He went grand mal on me.” Madison (softly, to Alicia): “I’m sorry.”