Fear The Walking Dead 207: Shiva reader rating and response

Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) and Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) in S2E7Photo Credit: Richard Foreman/AMC, Fear The Walking Dead
Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) and Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) in S2E7Photo Credit: Richard Foreman/AMC, Fear The Walking Dead /

The midseason finale of Fear The Walking Dead is now behind us, and it certainly was one that left us with many things to think about – and of course, to talk about!  Our readers ratings and thoughts about the final episode before the summer break are below.

What we learned in episode 207 is that Celia may be frighteningly devious, but Madison is smart. It took her a little while to catch on to the best way to deal with Luis’ mother, but in the end she managed to get herself out of a very sticky situation.

For his part, Strand, who went out of his way to let Madison know they weren’t friends, did a pretty noble thing when he dragged her to safety as well.

Or at least, we hope they’ll reach safety. That’s only one of the questions that remain as we await Fear’s return at the end of the summer.

While Shiva was somewhat less popular that the previous week’s episode, Sicut Cervus, with 4 star ratings falling from 67% to 59%, the midseason finale remained the third most popular episode of the season so far. 3 star ratings increased by 1%, from 24% to 25%, while 2 and 1 star ratings increased from 5% and 4% ratings, respectively, to 8% each. So the episode was slightly less popular, but held fairly strong compared to the other episodes.

There had been a decent amount of hype on social media, promoting a huge cliffhanger at the end of this episode, so I can’t help but wonder if this actually raised expectations a little higher than it should have. While yes, we were left with many questions and the fate of the characters unknown, I couldn’t help but feel like I’d expected something… more. That’s the only way I can describe it.

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Yes, hype means publicity, there is always a danger in raising fans’ expectations so high that they are left disappointed by the actual show. In any case, it seems that most fans were not disappointed, because this episode rated pretty well.

Average Reader Rating: 3.35 stars out of 4

Here’s a ranking of the episodes in season 2A, as rated by undeadwalking.com readers. The percentages indicate the 4 star ratings for each episode. (Please note that the “/4 star” ratings do not correspond exactly to the percent of people who gave the episode 4 stars, since the “/4 star rating” also included the various percentages for 3, 2 and 1 stars)

206Sicut Cervus3.54/4 stars67%
203Ouroboros3.52/4 stars69%
207Shiva3.35/4 stars59%
204Blood in the Streets3.25/4 stars53%
205Captive3.21/4 stars56%
201Monster3.01/4 stars43%
202We All Fall Down2.85/4 stars36%

So, what did Undead Walking readers have to say about the last episode of the spring, aka “The one where we don’t know who ends up dead and who ends up alive?” Here’s a sampling:

Henmar Martinez – Five stars! Fantastic!

Beyond Popcorn – Best plot twists for a mid-season finale. New crazy layers for some characters.

Ricktatorship – 4 stars. If it wasn’t for the ending I would say this was the best episode of FTWD to date. Lots going on in this episode and enjoyed almost every minute of it. Nick and Travis ditching their families for different reasons was eye opening, Madison taking care of Celia so easily shows that these characters are understanding this new world. The only issue I have is how FTWD goes on from here, will they join back up? Or will FTWD go on following different groups? With Baja gone, where will they go?. Overall, really good.

Michelle McKeeth – 4 stars. I wasn’t as surprised by Nick as I wanted to be. One of the reasons he may have fallen into Celia’s clutches is because she catered to his needs. He said he was tired of people dying. She told him they weren’t dead, and now he feels he is invisible and cannot die. He blames Madison for Celia’s theoretical death. Strand said something along the lines of, “What did you do, Madison?” Granted, it does seem to always be her fault, a fact not missed by Nick.

Scorp – 4 stars as well. I really enjoyed seeing Celia get her just desserts. It wasn’t so much her worldview I minded, but how self-righteous she was about it; so set in her belief that everyone else became “wrong” if they didn’t feel exactly as she did. Her behavior made me think back on Hershel and appreciate him all the more, because even though he and Celia could be grouped in the same class that I like to label as “delusionally optimistic sympathizers,” they’re breeds apart with Hershel coming out way ahead.

At least HE didn’t murder an entire congregation or cut down a grieving lover just because he didn’t kill himself too!

I’m worried for Nick, though. And for Travis. In the latter, I can’t help but see some parallels with Andrea from TWD, and we all know how well that worked out in the end. Glad Maddie and Strand are back together, ’cause there’s just something about those two that I like watching as they develop!

My only wish for the second half of the season is more screen time with that chick from flight whatever-it-is… hopefully a flashback to the boy’s final moments… I was really sad to hear he didn’t make it…

Next: Fear The Walking Dead: Who died in Shiva?

So that’s all for Fear The Walking Dead season 2A, folks! Until August, we won’t know whether Daniel eventually got himself up and escaped from the fire (oh, and all those walkers, of course!), what happened to Nick, where Madison, Strand and the kids end up, among other things. One thing I’m still left wondering from last year is what happened to Tobias, but we may or may not ever find that out.