Review: Fear The Walking Dead episode 313 ‘This Land Is Your Land’

Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) in Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 13Photo by Richard Foreman Jr/AMC
Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) in Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 13Photo by Richard Foreman Jr/AMC /

Fear The Walking Dead delivered the most intense episode of season 3 on Sunday night. “This Land Is Your Land” is a game changer for a major character.

Fear The Walking Dead is getting ready to wrap up its best season yet. Sunday it delivered a dark and emotional episode that will change the direction of the story for season 4.

In “This Land Is Your Land” the group stranded in the pantry had to make some excruciating life and death decisions. Alicia stepped up and took charge because the ranchers trusted her. And that made what she had to do even more devastating.

A large number of the ranchers had made it to the safety of the pantry. But the pantry was never intended to be a shelter. And it definitely wasn’t equipped to become a haven for so many people. The air duct was blocked and not working, which means the survivors inside the pantry had to make some quick decisions in order to save the greatest number of people.

After figuring out how much air they probably had left Alicia told the group the harsh truth. The people inside who were bitten needed to sacrifice themselves in order to save the people who weren’t bitten. And they did. But Alicia was the one who had to be the executioner.

With Blake, who was bitten himself but helped Alicia until it was his turn to die, Alicia gave each person that was bitten a lethal dose of morphine. Then she stabbed them in the brain to keep them from turning.

Even in a show that is always steeped in horror and gore, it was horrifying to watch Alicia have to methodically kill person after person.

Don’t Make Decisions Based On Fear

In a short breather from the horror of the mass killing that was going on Alicia shared some light-hearted moments with Christine. Christine told Alicia how they ended up at the ranch. And she said that she regretted it. She wished that she and her husband had been out living life instead of hiding at the ranch. She made Alicia promise that she wouldn’t make decisions based on fear. It was a poignant moment and one that really made an impression on Alicia. Later on, when she decided to leave the group Christine’s words influenced her decision.

This episode was really almost a coming of age episode for Alicia. Maybe more of a coming to terms with the reality of survival than coming of age. But an episode that will change the character forever.

Alicia has always had a kind of fragility to her that made her seem like she wouldn’t be a solid leader. But in this episode, she proved that she has what it takes to survive. She may even be more equipped to survive in this world than Madison. And she definitely doesn’t want to become as cold and emotionless as Madison is despite the terrible things that survival requires.

This Land Is Your Land

While they were trading memories and stories Alicia told Christine a story about when she and Nick were younger.  It was a sweet story that gave a little badly needed insight into the relationship between Nick and Alicia. And it showed that the two siblings have a very deep bond with each other. That bond is probably stronger than the bond they have with Madison considering how each of them is willing to leave Madison whenever the opportunity comes up.

The Death Knell Of Broke Jaw Ranch

The ranch is now officially gone. Most of the ranchers and a good portion of Walker’s people are dead. Alicia has left the group and gone to find the place that Jake wanted them both to go to. Nick and Troy are tailing Alicia to make sure she is safe. And the rest of the survivors are headed for the dam to see if Lola will give them a temporary sanctuary.

The ranch was never the haven that Madison wanted it to be. It was inevitable that the ranch would fall. The ranch was designed to withstand the fall of the government, not the fall of humanity.

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Ofelia And Daniel

There was still no official reunion for Ofelia and Daniel, which means when the two finally meet again next week it will have taken an entire season for this family to get back together. But, in this episode, Ofelia finds out that Daniel is alive and is at the dam. At first, she doesn’t believe Madison when Madison tells her. But Walker confirms that Daniel is alive and well at the dam. And Ofelia just crumples.

It was a really emotional moment and a rare happy moment in this episode. I can’t wait for the two of them to finally be reunited. There has been so much death and heartache and major change this season that it feels very important to have at least one family back together again.

Approaching The Fear The Walking Dead Finale

It’s hard to believe that season 3 is just about over. But with only 3 episodes of Fear The Walking Dead left, there are bound to be some surprises as one group heads to the dam, Ofelia and Daniel reunite, and Troy and Nick start their zombie apocalypse buddy movie following Alicia.

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Season 3 has been by far the best season of Fear The Walking Dead. I’m really excited to see what the finale and season 4 look like based on the excellent storytelling that season 3 has had.