Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC(NEW YORK) — SPOILERS AHEAD: Following a Labor Day day off, AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead returned Sunday night with its third episode, “The Dog.”
The episode opens with Travis, his ex-wife Liza, and their son Chris where we left them: holed up with the Salazars, in their home behind their barbershop, as the riot sparked by a cops killing an “unarmed” walker rages right outside.
At home, Nick is still trying to wean himself from drugs with the stash of pills Maddie took from her school. Eventually, she, Nick, and Alicia try to pass the time playing Monopoly while they wait for Travis and company to return.
At the barbershop, the walls heat up from a neighboring fire, leading Travis and his brood to flee with Daniel Salazar, his wife Griselda, and daughter Ofelia into the chaos outside. It’s pandemonium. The Walker Lives Matter crowd is tangling with the cops; hiding in plain sight amidst the madness, a walker cop has another pinned, and is chomping on his neck.
Losing grip on the situation, cops deploy riot hoses, and the water knocks over a scaffolding, pinning the leg of Daniel’s wife Griselda. They get her on her feet and reach Travis’ truck, and speed to the hospital — only to find it on fire, and cops cordoning off the area to take out a walker patient.
With getting Griselda treated off the table, Travis reluctantly decides to take them to his home. And then in the City of Angels, the lights start to go out.
Back at Maddie’s home, literally, the games are over. When the neighbors’ dog, bloodied, begs to come in, they let it, and Nick recognizes the blood on the German Shepherd’s coat doesn’t belong to the dog — and that’s when they spot a walker working his way across the street.
Nick remembers the neighbors own a shotgun, and the trio slink across the street and locate it — just as they look across to see the walker in their home, and hear the dog they rescued meet its end.
Then, as they huddle in the dark, they see Travis and company drive up to the house and enter, not knowing the walker’s inside.
Travis, Daniel et al find the walker feeding on the carcass of the dog, and Travis recognizes the undead man as Peter, one of their neighbors. He attacks Travis, who, new to this whole zombie apocalypse thing, tries reasoning with the “sick” neighbor. Daniel steps up, grabs the shotgun, and dispatches the walker — first with a shot to the face, and when it moves again on them, a killshot to the head.
Alicia, meanwhile, forgets the rest of the shells, and returns to the neighbors’ home, only to find its other resident, Susan, also undead and hungry. Alicia runs but gets stuck on a fence, until Chris pulls her over — only to get his nose cracked by the panicking girl for his efforts.
Back inside, Maddie convinces Eliza, her hubby’s ex, to kill her …read more