Fear the Walking Dead motto holds true in real life

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC
Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC /

The inspirational motto from Fear the Walking Dead seasons 4 and 5 holds true in real life as good samaritans help others during the coronavirus outbreak.

As the fight against novel coronavirus rages on, kind hearted citizens are showing their appreciation for the people helping to keep life moving and for those who need a helping hand and it’s all very reminiscent of the Fear the Walking Dead motto “Take what you need and leave what you don’t”.

Fear the Walking Dead seasons 4 and 5 revolved around the group’s mission to help others, continuing Polar Bear’s quest to leave supply boxes for people in need. The boxes were marked with a phrase that came to represent the group’s mission statement: “Take what you need, leave what you don’t”. Their strategic placement along mile markers helped people who needed supplies to survive a little longer.

For many fans of the show, the idea that people in the apocalypse would so willingly part with their cache of supplies when food is so scarce was almost farcical. As the coronavirus pandemic has spread all over the world, there have been reports of panic buying and empty shelves in grocery stores. However, there are also people who are committed to helping others and sharing their supplies with the people who are keeping the world moving.

A FedEx driver shared the story of finding a box on a customer’s porch. Inside was toilet paper, bottled water and canned goods with a note telling delivery drivers to take what they need. “Take anything you want,” the message said. “Spread love! Stronger together!”

Breweries across the country have stopped making beer and spirits and are instead manufacturing hand sanitizer, which has been in high demand. In fact, Norman Reedus and Greg Nicotero’s famed Nic and Norman’s restaurant partnered with a local company to manufacture its own custom-brewed hand sanitizer featuring 80% alcohol. (The CDC recommends 60% alcohol or higher, so this blend is particularly potent)


And as the need for personal protective gear has increased, an army of sewing enthusiasts started making masks to donate to hospitals, nursing homes and essential personnel who need them. Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s wife Hilarie Burton Morgan is leading efforts to mobilize fans with her “No Excuses Sewing Club.”

Rather than seeing the kind of widespread panic seen in many zombie apocalypse shows, people are doing everything they can to help strangers in need as the world comes together to fight COVID-19. That’s exactly what the Fear the Walking Dead crew was trying to do by leaving supplies on the side of the road and offering help to anyone who needed it.

It wasn’t always easy for Alicia, Strand, Morgan and the rest of the group to stay focused on their mission, just as it isn’t easy for people dealing with the pandemic in real life. It’s hard to give away toilet paper or hand sanitizer when those things are so hard to come by, and that’s why the recipients are so deeply touched when they see these things being offered freely. It’s happening in real life just as it happened on the show.

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Given everything happening right now, and with so many people staying home to help flatten the curve and stop the virus’ progression, it’s nice seeing so many wonderful examples of generosity all over the world. And in the case of Fear the Walking Dead, it’s a poignant example of life imitating art in the best of ways.