Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 14 had some lofty goals almost from the start of the episode, mostly in that it set out to answer one key question: Who is the Filthy Woman, really?
As it turns out, within the first ten or so minutes, we learned a good bit about her and her backstory: She was an English teacher named Martha before the apocalypse, and after the love of her life was left to die and nobody was altogether keen on lending a helping hand, she decided that she was best putting her life into her own hands. She wasn’t going to let anyone else get help when she didn’t have any at all. This is an impetus in her revenge plan, which rather cruel and vicious, to say the least.
Now that we know Martha a little bit more, her reign of terror is a little more understandable — but also still psychotic, since she really doesn’t have to work so hard to make life miserable on everyone else. She interrupted Morgan and his little caravan, and as the episode went along we had a chance to see Morgan try to help this group find some sanctuary and then survival — despite some insurgency in the camp. Let’s make one thing very clear right now: Jim is the worst. He whines, he complains, and he acts like Morgan doesn’t know what he’s doing. This is Morgan that we’re talking about! The man always knows what he is doing on some level, even if he makes mistakes along the way.
Well, there was some bad news for Jim by the end of the episode — he was bit by a walker and with that, we had to say a quick goodbye to someone who most of the fan base probably didn’t like anyway. This isn’t exactly a huge, shocking death (technically, he’s not even dead yet) — the dude had beer to make! Otherwise, it’s not like he had all that many contributions to Fear the Walking Dead as a whole.
Alicia and Charlie’s journey
While all of this was going on with Morgan, Alicia decided to go her own way and not spend all that much time trying to track them down. Instead, she wanted to head down to Galveston so that she could show Charlie the beach. (Feels like there’d be a lot of walkers in Galveston, no? Has to be a more rural beach somewhere…)
Ultimately, though, Charlie convinced her to not go down to Galveston, and to try and help everyone else. This is what she could do in order to help others and contribute, which is what she’s been struggling with ever since losing Madison.
From start to finish, this was one of the best Fear the Walking Dead episodes of the entire season. After all, it crammed more content in that we’ve seen almost for the entire season.
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