At the end of Fear the Walking Dead season 3 episode 9, Troy said farewell to the Broke Jaw Ranch — but not of his own doing. With him gone, you would think that there would be a little less chaos at the ranch … but that’s just a dream. Not all dreams become reality.
There is still a crisis of leadership at the ranch, but beyond that, there was a more pressing matter: A water shortage. Walker and Madison went to what seems to be the Fear the Walking Dead version of the black market in order to make arrangements. They thought that they had an interested party, but then one of Madison’s greatest skills/drawbacks got in the way: Her penchant for getting involved in other people’s business. While at the market she saw her old pal Victor Strand, and in making sure that he was saved, they lost the deal for the water. Victor was stranded at the market, mostly because he had a debt that needed to be repaid.
Madison, in turn, tried to make her goal in this episode to make sure that his debt was adequately paid off. If that didn’t happen, Strand would find himself chained to a fence, tormented, and had some other stuff happen to him. She ended up having to leave him behind for now, but the good news is that Walker was still able to make his deal for more water. The bad news? Strand was left behind in a bad way surrounded by walkers, and it wasn’t until the closing seconds that we saw him escape. Madison did eventually come back to repay the debt. She came up with a solution, albeit a tricky one: Use Strand to head back to the dam, where in turn they could solve the water supply issue once and for all. The problem there was that in doing so, she had to turn back on the deal that had already been orchestrated. Walker was not altogether pleased with that, and he really shouldn’t have been.
Back at the ranch itself, it became clear that Nick was hanging out with a not-so-great crowd, while Alicia in turn was trying to take responsibility for managing the water supply. The two clearly are trying to take after their mother in terms of their interest in looking after the ranch. Nick’s starting to become a real problem — it’s almost like with Troy gone, he felt that the time was right for him to take on the position of resident Broke Jaw miscreant. He began what was his own revolution, one that we feel is probably going to find him at odds eventually with his own sister. Maybe the dig at the end brings the two closer together? What they find there could be a solution for peace … or to spawn more chaos. At the moment, it may be too early to tell which is which.
Our overall take
Fear the Walking Dead season 3 episode 11 was definitely exciting, but it also suffered somewhat from jumping around from one storyline to the next. It would have been more effective had it made itself more focused on either Madison’s journey off with Walker and Strand or matters back at the ranch. It’s odd to say that there was too much going on in an episode that had another hour before it, but that’s what it felt like. Grade: B.
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