Fear The Walking Dead: Daniel Salazar’s ‘Fear’ story

Madison Clark and Daniel Salazar, Fear The Walking Dead - AMC
Madison Clark and Daniel Salazar, Fear The Walking Dead - AMC /

During The Walking Dead‘s fifth season, we got the nice speech from Rick Grimes telling everyone about who The Walking Dead are.  During “Not Fade Away” on Fear The Walking Dead, we got a similar kind of speech.

Those who were critical of the title Fear The Walking Dead got a bit of validation from a speech made my Daniel Salazar, who explained that fear and evil aren’t all that different.  Personally, I saw it as a similar kind of speech to the one Rick Grimes made in both the comics and the hit AMC television show.

Here is Rick Grimes’ speech from The Walking Dead:

"“When I was a kid, I asked my grandpa once if he ever killed any Germans in the war – he wouldn’t answer. He said that was grown up stuff, so… so I asked if the Germans ever tried to kill him, but he got real quiet.  He said he was dead the minute he stepped into enemy territory.  Every day he woke up, he told himself ‘rest in peace.  Now get up and go to war’.  And then, after a few years of pretending he was dead, he made it out alive.  That’s the trick of it, I think.  We do what we need to do.  And then we get to live.”"

Here is Daniel Salazar’s speech from Fear The Walking Dead:

"“When I was young, these men…these men were from the government came to our town.  They took some people away.  My father was someone of certain importance in the community, so he went to speak to the captain and ask when will they return.  And the captain told my father ‘Miguel, don’t worry.  They always come home.’  And they did.  I was standing in the river.  Fishing.  Just a boy.  And I found them.  All of them.  All at once.  All around me in the water.  My father told me not to have hatred in my heart.  He said that men do these things not because of evil.  They do evil because of fear.  And, at that moment, I realize my father is a fool for believing there is a difference.”"

As you can see, both stories involve family members and death all around them.  Both also involve having the person telling the story learning an important lesson from the stories they were either told or a part of.  And both stories have a great way of explaining what is going on during the shows that they are on without being condescending to viewers and succeeding in building character.

This conversation with Madison Clark is one of the main reasons why I’ve learned to enjoy Reuben Blades’ character of Daniel Salazar on Fear The Walking Dead so much.  His storytelling is fantastic and he draws you in with his voice.  Plus, being able to explain why fear is such a huge part of Fear The Walking Dead is a very fun concept to think about.

What did you think?  Did you think Daniel’s speech was on par with Rick’s?  Do you think it helped explain the concept of fear as it pertains to Fear The Walking Dead?  Let me know your opinion in the comments below.

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