Fear the Walking Dead: Revolution on Calle Revolucion

Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 3, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC
Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 3, Episode 4 - Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC /

It’s not surprising that Daniel Salazar’s return on Fear the Walking Dead coincides with a major first for the show: A revolution that ended well for our side.

Fear the Walking Dead thus far has been a story of a group of people who came together in order to survive the apocalypse. They have lost people along the way, and now they’re separated. You have Madison and her kids at Broke Jaw Ranch, Strand at the dam, and Ofelia is MIA. Madison had a really good thing going at the resort until they were forced to leave because of Travis’ actions. Strand was kicked out of the resort later on, and he was also ousted from Thomas Abigail’s plantation. As soon as Daniel Salazar comes back, he takes over a major operation at the dam. For the first time, a member of the group gets a big victory.

When Daniel Salazar needed water, his new comrade Efrain took him to an open-air market on Calle Revolucion in Tijuana, where a fountain came on every Tuesday at 5pm. Tijuana is a city located on the US-Mexican border; crossing the border takes you into San Diego, which we believe (though its unconfirmed) was blown up by the military. It’s no surprise that Fear the Walking Dead producers chose Calle Revolucion to tell this part of the story. Tourists who go to Tijuana to party always hit Calle Revolucion, known for its markets, bars and nightclubs. Daniel is there long enough to see Dante’s men riding through on their truck, and he returns to Revolucion when he’s out with those same men as they look for a thief.

It didn’t take long for Daniel to stage a complete coup over Dante and his men at the Tijuana dam. Though Dante was a dangerous man, Daniel is smarter and more lethal than anyone we have seen so far. Failure isn’t in his vocabulary. Daniel Salazar staged a revolution that will no doubt have lasting consequences for the group moving forward.

This revolution for Daniel (and possibly, by extension, Strand) is an important victory because until this point, our little group has lost a lot more than they have gained. With Dante out of the picture, if Daniel can gain control of his men, he will have control of the dam and the water, and that makes him very powerful.

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The biggest issue, of course, is Daniel’s desire to find Ofelia. He doesn’t believe Strand’s story that Ofelia is waiting for him at the resort, but Strand might be able to convince Daniel that she’s still alive. If Daniel decides to go looking for her, he will be giving up this shelter, which would be unfortunate given how valuable safety and shelter are in the apocalypse.

But for now, let’s celebrate the only victory we’ve seen so far. Daniel staged a revolution and he won, and this is why we’re really excited to have him back.