We have seen some intense moments on The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Fear’s episode 313 might just take the crown.
Were you blown away by Fear the Walking Dead “This Land Is Your Land?” We certainly just witnessed the most intense episode of Fear the Walking Dead so far, and I’m not sure that wasn’t the most intense episode between the two shows in the Walking Dead universe.
It’s not often that there are moments when people fleeing the dangers of the zombie apocalypse have a chance for introspection. Alicia’s conversation with Christine in the storage pantry was one of those rare moments of utter truth, and though she was struggling for air we learned a lot about Alicia in those moments.
Alicia’s conversation with Christine revealed that she was once very close to her brother, even closer than she was with her father. That’s what makes their distance now even harder to deal with. Nick was always the favorite, but she had been ok with it because they were close. But now it’s different. He’s still the favorite even though he messes up all the time, and that’s a hard thing to deal with. It gets old after a while. For Alicia, it has been old for a while, but for the first time we see that it’s more than irritation – it’s disappointment.
We also saw Alicia fight harder than anyone else on the show so far, and she lived to tell the tale. As soon as the oxygen reached critical levels, Alicia was forced to wake up enough to fight off the Infected that started popping up, and she managed to keep them away from her long enough to take refuge in the weapons locker. Alicia had to kill the living and the dead in this episode, and it all happened in a very short span of time.
“This Land Is Your Land” is one of those episodes that haunts you. It was a brilliant, well-acted episode and much credit has to go to Alycia Debnam-Carey and the writers who developed a story that allows her talent to shine. It’s also a turning point for the show, because Alicia will never be able to go back to the way things were after what happened. The range of emotions that Debnam-Carey displayed in this episode make her performance Emmy-worthy.
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As a whole, the episode was striking and visceral, and it’s quite possible that it ranks up there as one of the most intense episodes of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead universe.
Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.