Fear The Walking Dead: Is helping others worth the risks?

Maggie Grace as Althea, Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC
Maggie Grace as Althea, Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC /

Helping others isn’t going so well for the Fear The Walking Dead survivors. Our panel weighs in on whether or not helping people is worth risking their lives for.

Disasters of any kind bring out the best of humanity and the worst of humanity in people. The survivors on Fear The Walking Dead have made it their mission to help others with the best of intentions. They have the skills to survive and they know how to scavenge needed supplies and they want to share that knowledge with others and keep them safe. But the people they’re finding that are alive don’t really want help or don’t trust them. And that’s causing some big problems for them.

In their attempt to help Logan the group was split up and sent on a wild good chase that nearly killed them. Logan also then took over the factory while they were gone. Morgan admits that they are not having great luck when it comes to helping people but he’s committed to the cause, and so are the others. All of them need the purpose of helping others to give their lives meaning and to honor the people they have lost.

However, considering how poorly their attempts to help are turning out and the danger that it puts them in the question of whether or not it’s worth trying to help people is a valid one. Luciana was seriously injured, Al was injured and kidnapped, and the others are pretty banged up too. All for a mission that was a fake from the start.

Maybe helping people is still a worthy goal but they need to be more cautious about they approach giving help. Or maybe they should just focus on building a community for their own group and trying to stay alive. Our newly expanded panel has some thoughts on whether or not risking your life for others in the Fear The Walking Dead world is a good risk to take:

Is It Worth It?

Based on what happened in this episode, do you think that group should be trying to help new people, or is this just a recipe for danger?

Sonya says:

"Personally I don’t think it’s worth it. If they come across people who need help then I would say help them but going out to try and find people who need help seems too risky to me. They know how quickly that can go bad. But I also understand the desperate need to honor the ones they’ve lost and have a purpose to live for, so from that perspective I understand their choice to take the risk. I think they should offer help but be more cautious in their approach and verify information before taking action."

Sara says:

"I’m always really hesitant about the group trusting new people and I think they need to be more careful. Obviously Logan completely tricked them so it would be wise for them to take a break from helping new people for a while. They have met some great people a long the way, but they should focus on themselves for a while instead."

Jeffrey says:

"I have very mixed feelings about the group’s mission to help people. On one hand, I find it extremely noble and inspiring that Morgan and the others are risking their own lives to help people in need. It’s something that you wouldn’t expect people to do in the apocalypse, especially since those that survive are usually looking out only for themselves. On the other hand, I do think it is important to note that not everyone wants to be helped, and sometimes you just have to respect that. Last season, Martha simply could not be helped at all and Morgan just couldn’t understand that. This world is cruel and some people are just too far gone."

Renee says:

"Of course it is a recipe for danger. The Fear world seems to be full of people who have lost hope. I love that our group wants to help others but, they will always come across people like Logan who will oppose them."

Ethan says:

"I think that Morgan and Co. helping people is dangerous. Morgan knows by now, this far into this world that some people just can’t be saved. They nearly died by trying to save 1 man they hardly knew. I say stick to surviving and keeping your own group close. If you find others, good, but don’t go looking and putting yourself in danger!"

Timothy says:

"I think they should help, despite the risks. Helping people isn’t just the right thing to do, but I’d argue people have a better chance of survival when they help each other."

Sarabeth says:

"I like the idea that the group keeps moving around. It’s an adventure, and it keeps the show from being bogged down the way TWD was when the group started settling in the communities. Helping people is a noble calling and this group is uniquely situated to be able to provide actual help to people in need, so I like the idea. Naturally it’s going to be problematic, but everything in the apocalypse is problematic. What happened with Logan is a prime example. He wanted the denim factory back and he took it. So things happen regardless to whether you’re helping or not, and if that’s the case you might as well help people."

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