This week’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead, “The Holding,” finally reveals who the group that has been spray painting their tag line “The End is the Beginning” everywhere. They live in a highly functioning underground bunker with a crazy cultish leader.
In “Handle with Care,” Dakota shared that Virginia said the group went underground, and she is the one who speculated that this was not a figurative statement. In “The Holding,” we find out that this group does live underground, which is why it has been so hard to locate them.
Alicia, Luciana, Al, and Wes pose as wanderers looking for a home. The Beginners group takes them to their bunker and introduces them to the lifestyle they have created. They have electricity, water, and a huge garden that is fertilized by chopping walkers into compost.
What does the group discover at the Beginners compound?
A member of the group named Riley (Nick Stahl) does a Q&A with the newcomers and then takes them to meet their leader Teddy (John Glover). The leader is absent, but Wes becomes emotional when he realizes that one of the members is his brother Derek (Chinaza Uche), who was thought to have died.
Throughout the episode, there is a very cultish vibe going on. Things are too perfect, and the followers of Teddy worship him. The whole theme of this group is for something to end so that something new can begin.
When Wes and Al search Derek’s room, they find maps with coordinates from Tank Town and other settlements. This confirms the suspicion that the Beginners are the ones responsible for the attacks. There is also evidence that this group knows where Isabelle and the CRM are. But, now that Al has the maps, she can find Isabelle.
Multiple times Morgan’s name is mentioned. What does this group have against Morgan? They threaten to kill and embalm Alicia’s group if they don’t tell them where Morgan is. Does this have anything to do with the two Beginners he encounters and kills earlier in the season? They were searching for a key that Morgan retrieved from Emile.
Alicia sacrifices her own safety to allow the others to escape. Sound familiar? Like mother, like daughter. Alicia doesn’t die and ultimately meets the mysterious Teddy. He tells her he has been looking for someone like her.
So, for as many questions that were answered, new ones emerged.
Season six of Fear the Walking Dead has been some of the best episodes in the TWDU, and it’s not over yet. We still have two more episodes to finish out this season.
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