Fear The Walking Dead: Daniel Salazar’s deception

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

At first, I was a huge fan of Daniel Salazar on Fear The Walking Dead.  I had completely bought in to the stories that he was telling.  They were compelling and interesting, drawing the fans in with what seemed to be honesty and compassion.

However, the events that happened in ‘Cobalt’ turned that entire feeling upside-down.

Fear The Walking Dead‘s showrunner Dave Erickson talked to The Hollywood Reporter about Daniel Salazar and his lies he told throughout the season so far.  He also spoke of how Ofelia will deal with learning about all the lies that he has told his daughter in the past to make him look like a better man.

"“One of the things we’ve come to realize over the course of this episode is that every story Daniel has told his daughter and about their past, it’s all true — he’s just swapped the roles. Rather than being a person who was persecuted during the war in El Salvador, he was a persecutor. We realize that this complicated man is now being revealed to be someone who was something of a monster in his own right back in the day, and now his daughter has to deal with that realization.”"

Daniel Salazar, Fear The Walking Dead - AMC
Daniel Salazar, Fear The Walking Dead – AMC /

That’s a very scary thought.  I couldn’t imagine learning that everything my father has told me about his past was a lie.  It would be really hard for me to ever trust what he said and there’s always a chance that I could hold a major grudge about it.

However, there isn’t much time to hold a grudge during the zombie apocalypse.  Because of that, it looks as though Ofelia may have to wait until things calm down around them to address the issues with her father.  But when it does happen, we can assume it will be an explosive event for Fear The Walking Dead.

"“There’s too much going on for her to take apart the false history in the finale, but going into the next season, she’s going to have to relearn who her father is and come to terms with it — and see if she can accept him. The irony is that in season two she’s in a situation where she wishes her father were the kind and benevolent person she thought he was, and she’ll realize that as she continues to face the new world, that person she thought Daniel was is not helpful to our group.”"

We’ll find out more about this father-daughter relationship that is on the rocks when Fear The Walking Dead has its season finale on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

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