Six unanswered questions about Fear TWD season six

Maggie Grace as Althea, Lennie James as Morgan Jones - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 14 - Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC
Maggie Grace as Althea, Lennie James as Morgan Jones - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 14 - Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC /
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Colby Minifie as Virginia, Austin Amelio as Dwight, Danay Garcia as Luciana, Mo Collins as Sarah, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell as Wendell, Jenna Elfman as June, Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC
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5) Why do some members of Morgan’s group seem to get treated differently by the Pioneers?

One of the more confusing things from the trailer (For me, anyways…) is that it seems like some of the members of Morgan’s group get treated differently than others. For example, when we see Alicia and Strand, their hands are bound (Or they’re handcuffed, I can’t quite tell), like they’re prisoners. Yet, later, we not only see John by himself apparently fighting of a herd of walkers at a gate on some bridge, but also, holding an unidentified woman (Sherry?) in a jail cell.

Why the vast difference in treatment?

Now, I know that, with the aforementioned scene revolving around Strand and Alicia, it’s possible that that scene took place immediately after Virginia shot Morgan, and the rest of the group were brought to their new homes in chains by the Pioneers, and that, once Virginia figures out what to do with them, they’re allowed to roam free within the places she’s put them.

But, what we see of John just plain confuses me. Is Virginia relying on his marksmanship and proficiency with guns to throw him into the front lines against the dead? Is she using his history in law enforcement to serve her in that same capacity, the way Deanna did with Rick when his group arrived in Alexandria?

Plus, there’s the scenes with Alicia and Wes fighting walkers, and (presumably) Al using her machine guns to strafe The Pale Riders, assuming these scene all take place while the group is under the thumb of the Pioneers, it seems odd to me that Virginia would place that kind of trust in them, unless, as I speculated earlier, she’s throwing Morgan’s group to the proverbial wolves, using them as enforcers, seeing the whole thing as a win-win: If the group succeeds, they’ve fended off a threat to Virginia’s community, and if they fail, well, they were Morgan’s people, anyway, so, it’s not much of a loss.

I just find the whole thing confusing, that said, that confusion also makes me intrigued to find out the explanation for it. Well played, AMC. Well played…