Fear the Walking Dead Thoughts: Season 1, Episode 5 “Cobalt”

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By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead.

The Hospital

After the end of last week’s episode, I was genuinely surprised to see that surgery was actually performed on Griselda. I was even more surprised to find Doug alive. I was not, however, surprised to see that the hospital was just another screening point to weed out the sick and the weak. Doug is gone; Nick was almost a goner until he was saved by Strand (played brilliantly and chillingly by Colman Domingo).

Last week, I was sure that Dr. Exner was bad. Now I’m about ready to separate her from the soldiers. She seems genuinely interested in helping people, and she gave no thought to killing Griselda until she was already dead and about to turn (also, I’m glad the writers aren’t dragging out that part of the plot. Everyone knows characters turn when they die. It’s good that they’re just getting on with the rest of the story). It may be a moot point now that the group knows the truth about Operation: Cobalt. Daniel will never trust Dr. Exner, and he may not even give her a chance to explain herself anyway.

Daniel Salazar

Speaking of Daniel, who could have guessed that all those times he talked about the atrocities in the old country he was actually giving a first-hand account from the torturer’s point-of-view? He showed himself to be a cold SOB, and when he was caught by Ofelia, it affected him for about five minutes before he got back to work (although the torture seemed to stop at that point). I loved the scene when he said peeling away a person’s skin requires a steady hand, and then he held up his still hand for Cole to see. This was a great performance by RubĂ©n Blades. I hope the character sticks around for a while because I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

Madison and Travis

I don’t have anything new to add about these two, but I just wanted to reiterate my feeling that Madison will emerge as the leader of the group while Travis will remain its moral compass.

Finale

The episode ended with the military packing up and heading out of town. No matter how much the original Walking Dead series faltered in the past, the finales have always been great, and I expect the same here. This season has been a slow burn, and it looks like it will end with an eruption as all those walkers are about to burst out of the arena. As I hoped, the writers seem to be holding off the full-blown downfall of society until the last episode of the season. I’m expecting non-stop action next week. I’m also expecting to lose a few characters.

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