Violet recaps Season 2 Episode 13 of Fear the Walking Dead, titled Date of Death, where we see what has become of Travis and Chris, and Madison sees the result of her mistake. Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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- Her thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead, Season 2 Episode 13: Date of Death
Travis and Chris
We pick up at the end of the last episode featuring Travis and Chris, just after Chris has shot the man who shot James. Travis takes charge of the situation, trying to take care of the wound. He goes into the house and looks for something to stitch it up. He brings some supplies back, and the other guys help him as James screams in agony. Travis says that after he stitches James up, he won’t move him for awhile, but assures the others that he will get better.
Travis then digs a hole and buries the man that Chris shot, burying him next to where the man’s family members were buried, and puts a cross marker there like the others.
That night, they cook and eat the chickens, while James is stuck laying down in the barn. Travis asks James what his pain level is, but James says it’s a 3. Travis doesn’t believe him, and tells James that he needs him to tell him what’s going on so that he can help him.
Travis pulls Chris aside to talk to him and asks him what’s going through his mind after killing a man. Chris doesn’t show any remorse, saying this is how it works now, and he did what he had to do. Chris warns Travis to be careful how he plays things with these guys, since he doesn’t fit in with them.
The next day, the group decides they want to move on since they ran out of chickens. Travis speaks up for James, but James says his pain level is 0. The guys want to go to San Diego, despite what Travis told them about it being gone. But Chris says they never actually saw San Diego, so it could still be there.
Travis goes inside the house and finds the dead man’s driver’s license, then carves the man’s name into the grave marker. He is unable to put the date of death on it because he doesn’t know what the date is anymore.
When he’s done, he helps the others load James into the back of the truck. They drive off, but they don’t get far down the bumpy road when it becomes evident that James is in pain. Travis tells Brandon to stop the truck, though James begs him not to say anything. James passes out, and Travis is able to get them to go back.
That night, Travis overhears the boys talking and tells them to give James a chance to get better. Travis takes Chris’s gun and says he won’t let them kill James. He then goes into the barn and guards James. When James wakes up, Travis tells him that his friends want to kill him and said that he’d understand. James tells them about a friend of theirs who got bit, and didn’t want to turn into a walker, but in the end begged them not to kill him. Travis tries to explain that this is different, that James isn’t sick or dying, but James tells him it doesn’t matter. They think he’s dying, so he’s dead weight.
The next morning, Chris brings Travis some food, but Travis is suspicious. Chris tells Travis that he gets what he’s trying to teach him – that life still matters, even though Travis doesn’t even like James. Chris says that they’ve known James since they were 6, and wonders what they would do to him, who they just met. Travis assures Chris he’ll get them out of here, and they hug. But it was all a ruse. Chris grabs Travis and calls for the other guys, who burst into the barn and hold Travis down at gunpoint.
James begs Brandon not to shoot him, saying he can get better. Travis tells Brandon to leave James with him. James begs Brandon for mercy, but Brandon shoots him in the head.
The others start loading up the truck. Travis asks to talk to Chris. Brandon says Travis isn’t coming with them. Travis tells Chris that the man who died was named Elias, and that he has the same birthday as Chris. Travis tells Chris that the two of them can be fine on their own, but Chris says that Travis’s way doesn’t work. Chris thinks he’s better off without Travis. Chris finds it odd that Travis was able to kill his mother, but now he doesn’t have it in him. Travis tries to tell him that he has it all backwards. The truck starts to drive off, and Travis begs him not to go. But Chris ignores him, and Travis looks on as the truck drives away.
Later, Travis just takes off walking.
Having seen the lights of the hotel at the end of last episode, a crowd of people has arrived at the gates of the hotel, trying to get in. Madison, Alicia, Elena, and a few others tell the crowd that they can’t let them in. However, Madison sees Travis approach, and they are somehow able to let him in without any of the crowd getting through.
Travis and Madison go up to a hotel room together. Travis asks where Nick is, and Madison tells him that he ran off and she’s thinks he’s north, in Tijuana. She asks him where Chris is, but he walks away and seems reluctant to answer. He begins by saying he had no choice.
Travis wonders what are the chances that after 2 days of walking he sees the hotel lit up, and it’s her. Travis is upset at himself for leaving his son. Madison assures him he didn’t do anything wrong, and that they’ll get through this. But Travis feels like he failed his son and his mother. Travis tells Madison that she was right that night at the vineyard when Chris threatened Alicia. Travis also regrets not having told Chris that he loved him, and that the last thing he said to him was “God damn you.”
Madison goes to find Alicia. It turns out that they ended up letting in the crowd at the gate – 43 people. They are screening them in the parking garage to see who’s safe to let stay.
Madison brings Alicia to the pier to talk to her. She tells Alicia the truth about her father’s accident – that it wasn’t an accident. Madison reveals that he left a note, which said, “I love you all, but enough’s enough.” She says that Nick doesn’t know, and that he’s the reason why she kept it a secret, and that Nick is so much like his father. Madison tells Alicia that she was so afraid of Nick ending up like him, and apologizes to Alicia, saying that she thought she was okay, and never loved her any less.
Her Thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead, Season 2 Episode 13: Date of Death
Oh, come on Fear the Walking Dead, be realistic – Travis wouldn’t have been able to get through the gate without anyone else getting in! This is mob mentality, they see an opening, they’re going to try to get through. But even if by some miracle they didn’t (as portrayed in this episode), what’s to stop them from climbing over the fence? It wasn’t all that high, and there wasn’t any barbed wire or anything at the top to discourage people from trying to get in. They could have easily climbed up, or stacked up a bunch of stuff and climbed over, or hoisted others up. But then, maybe that’s the real reason they started letting people in by the end of the episode, because either the people on the inside or the outside, or both, figured that out.
Brandon’s group – and this includes Chris – seems a little slow when it comes to figuring out the difference between someone who is infected, and someone who is merely hurt. It’s too bad that they don’t listen to Travis long enough to let him explain the difference to them. In any case, it looks like they come to the hotel for some reason. What happened to San Diego? Did they even make it there to see that it was gone, or did something happen along the way to prevent them from getting there?
No Strand this episode either, but I guess we’re supposed to assume that he’s still recuperating.
Next up is the two hour season finale, where everything comes to a head. Will Nick be reunited with the group as well? What about Ofelia, what’s she up to? I’m hoping that whatever happens this episode actually feels plausible and realistic, because this half of the season has had potential, and I don’t want to be let down again.
His Thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead, Season 2 Episode 13: Date of Death