Fear The Walking Dead: Daniel Salazar voluntarily leaves over mental health issues as threat emerges

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Daily Mail 26 April, 2021 - 12:25am 17 views

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By Dailymail.com Reporter

Daniel Salazar's mental health issues forced him to leave his new home on Sunday's episode of Fear The Walking Dead.

Much as he wanted to, the Salvadoran former soldier and CIA agent played by Rubén Blades found he couldn't settle at Morgan Jones' camp with his friends.

When a new threat endangered their survival, he became paranoid and aggressive, with apparent memory lapses.

Mental health: Daniel Salazar's mental health issues forced him to leave his new home on Sunday's episode of Fear The Walking Dead

Daniel during the season six episode titled Handle With Care ultimately decided to leave with Victor Strand [Colman Domingo], hoping for the best.

'I have to go,' Daniel told his comrades. 'I can't stay. It's not safe for me to be here.' Morgan Jones [Lennie James] protested that no one was upset with Daniel for his mistakes.

'I'm not worried about me,' Daniel replied matter-of-factly. 'I'm worried about you.' 

He then listed all the people he'd nearly hurt.

Taking off: Much as he wanted to, the Salvadoran former soldier and CIA agent played by Rubén Blades found he couldn't settle at Morgan Jones' camp with his friends

'The last time these things happened in my mind, I set a whole place on fire,' Daniel said, his eyes red as he recalled his season two 'visions.' 'I can't risk that happening now.'

Throughout the show, Daniel was evaluated by nurse June [Jenna Elfman], who'd been called back to camp to help.

She administered tests to determine whether Daniel's problem was neurological or psychological, even as she admitted she was out of her depth.

New home: Morgan Jones [Lennie James] gave Daniel responsibility when he left the camp

Daniel said he'd started the day feeling hopeful as he witnessed the camp's progress.

That morning, he'd put Traveling Wilbury's Handle With Care on the record player and watched as people built buildings, fixed roofs, gardened and shared meals of hot soup.

'If I hadn't kept everyone in the dark about what we were doing, we wouldn't have all been together,' Daniel considered. 'Some lies are worth the cost.'

Making progress: Daniel put Traveling Wilbury's Handle With Care on the record player and watched as people built buildings, fixed roofs, gardened and shared meals of hot soup

The onetime barber was likely referring to his stint working for Virginia and her Pioneers, during which he pretended not to remember his survivor crew.

The role eventually helped end her reign and Daniel was able to reveal it had all been a ruse.

Despite that victory he still keenly felt the burden of his past life as a torturer and assassin, and feared that no one would ever really know him.

Working hard: Dwight and Wes worked together on a corrugated roof

While he struggled, Morgan called on several key survivors for their help defending against the graffiti-wielding group believed to have decimated Tank Town.

He feared that they were back and might be targeting his new settlement.

Victor, Sherry [Christine Evangelista], Rollie [Cory Hart], Sarah Rabinowitz [Mo Collins] and others massed outside the settlement gates.

Banding together: While he struggled, Morgan called on several key survivors for their help defending against the graffiti-wielding group believed to have decimated Tank Town

'We should try to work together,' Morgan implored. 'Share information, pool resources, put our differences aside. Can we? Face this thing that threatens all of us?'

Everyone nodded, and vowed to work together as they figured out what to do.

It was decided that all weapons would be locked up inside the settlement, and only Morgan and Daniel would have access.

Weapons confiscated: It was decided that all weapons would be locked up inside the settlement, and only Morgan and Daniel would have access

Victor handed over his gun and knife, and apologized to Daniel for not understanding his ruse at Virginia's, saying, 'the better man won.'

He even brought a peace offering: Daniel's cat Skidmark, previously lost at Lawton.

Meanwhile, Morgan heard that Grace [Karen David] was having labor pains and set off to find a fetal monitor.

Labor pains: Meanwhile, Morgan heard that Grace [Karen David] was having labor pains and set off to find a fetal monitor

The camp's leaders and newcomers gathered around a table to discuss their next moves.

Dakota [Zoe Colletti] recalled her mother Virginia saying the graffiti group was 'laying low,' as Sherry complained that she couldn't be trusted.

Sherry then asked Wes [Colby Hollman] if he'd tried to blow up Tank Town, as rumored.

Graffiti group: Dakota [Zoe Colletti] recalled her mother Virginia saying the graffiti group was 'laying low,' as Sherry complained that she couldn't be trusted

'These people blew up Tank Town from the inside,' pointed out Luciana Galvez [Danay Garcia]. 'They became one of us without me even realizing it.'

'Okay, so for all we know, they could have turned one of us, too?' asked Charlie [Alexa Nisenson].

Everyone started squabbling, and Daniel grew quiet.

Good point: 'These people blew up Tank Town from the inside,' pointed out Luciana Galvez [Danay Garcia]. 'They became one of us without me even realizing it'

'I didn't want to believe that one of us was a traitor, but I had lied to everyone about losing my memory,' he told June later. 'We had all lied to each other at some point. And now, when we needed it the most, we couldn't trust each other.'

The meeting was suddenly rocked by an explosion, and everyone ducked for cover.

The noise attracted zombies, and Daniel opened the weapons storage to see what they had to defend themselves, only to find that guns were missing.

Under attack: The explosion drew a bunch of zombies who threatened the settlement

He sensed the explosion had been intended to draw the dead to them and leave them defenseless, also noting that it had damaged their radio antenna.

Worried, Daniel sent Grace to a fishing cabin in the woods, where he felt she'd be safe.

He subsequently sent Charlie there after Rollie found her searching through his stuff.

In trouble: Daniel subsequently sent Charlie to the cabin in the woods after Rollie found her searching through his stuff

A multitude of zombies entered the camp and the survivors tried to fight them off.

Shots rang out and killed the zombies, with Victor at the other end of the gun.

Daniel said he'd let the zombies in so he could find out who took the weapons, and was now sure it was Victor, though Victor denied it.

Locked up: Charlie watched as Daniel entered the armory and discovered the missing guns

Daniel cautioned the others against conspiring against the group.

'Whichever one of you is working with him, I warn you: The betrayal of those closest to you comes with a cost. It'll come back to haunt you. There will be consequences,' he warned.

Privately, he conceded, 'Morgan left his ax at the gates before entering this place. I thought I could leave the man I once was outside, too. But that was not an option.'

Secret plan: Daniel said he'd let the zombies in so he could find out who took the weapons, and was now sure it was Victor, though Victor denied it

Infuriated, he entered the cell where Victor was held and fired at him.

'I don't need to remind you that you can survive a shot in the face,' Daniel blared, still aiming at him. 'What you don't know is what it does to you later.'

He pulled a prosthetic piece out of his cheek, and his skin deflated.

On horseback: Victor Strand and Ranger Samuels rode horses amid the zombie apocalypse

'You'll wince every time you take a sip of water,' Daniel relayed. 'You will eat soup for the rest of your life. You will learn to hide the pain when you talk. You will wheeze at night when you breathe. But mostly, you will never forget who did all of that to you.'

'You have to forgive me,' begged Victor, who'd shot him years before.

Gunfire erupted outside and Daniel walked out to find Morgan amid a zombie pile.

In charge: Gunfire erupted outside and Daniel walked out to find Morgan amid a zombie pile

'What the hell happened here, Daniel?' Morgan asked, his SWAT vehicle behind him.

Seconds later, Daniel was radioing Morgan, who asked if anyone had found the weapons and said he was almost at Grace's shack.

Victor asked Daniel why he cared so much about people he barely knew.

Tough spot: Morgan was in a tough spot dealing with Daniel and his mental health issues

Daniel explained it to June later, saying that Morgan's camp could be a place where he didn't have to lie about his past anymore, like he had with his daughter Ofelia.

After a while, Morgan radioed Daniel and said Grace wasn't at the shack at all.

They found her in the woods with Charlie, and both women swore Daniel had told them to venture to a local cavern, not the shack.

Dead daughter: Daniel explained it to June later, saying that Morgan's camp could be a place where he didn't have to lie about his past anymore, like he had with his daughter Ofelia

Luciana then radioed Morgan and told him they'd found the weapons in Daniel's shed.

'Somebody moved them there,' Daniel insisted, but Luciana said she'd had to break his lock.

'Somebody's trying to make me look bad,' Daniel protested. 'They're trying to make us go against each other.'

Set up: 'Somebody's trying to make me look bad,' Daniel protested. 'They're trying to make us go against each other'

Morgan asked him if he was sure he knew what was going on, and Daniel looked frightened.

'Are you okay?' Morgan queried. 'Are you feeling alright?'

'I'm not sure,' Daniel said, looking scared. 'It's confusing.'

Mental fog: Daniel showed erratic behavior during the one-hour episode 

Morgan had June speak to Daniel, and she reassured him they'd figure it out.

She tested his cognitive skills, asking him to draw a clock and recall words and he did fine.

June felt his problem was psychological, brought on by anxiety over impending loss.

Psychological matter: June felt Daniel's problem was psychological, brought on by anxiety over impending loss

'You know, you spend your whole life giving people a reason not to trust you and then one day you cannot even trust yourself,' Daniel admitted. 'I deserve this.'

Morgan spoke to several survivors outside and noted that he'd seen graffiti tags on a water tower 10 miles away, which could mean that the artists were near.

Dakota wondered if Virginia's comment about laying low meant they were underground, possibly near Dallas.

Growing concern: Sherry shared her growing concern over security with Victor

Luciana and Wes set off to meet up with Althea and Alicia, who were halfway there.

With everyone distracted, Daniel tried to slink out of town with his horse.

He told Morgan he was heading to the warehouse, and Victor asked him to come to Lawton, where they could keep an eye on him.

'I'm not doing this for you,' Victor affirmed, as they saddled up. 'I'm doing this for Ofelia, so you can live an honest life.'

Fear The Walking Dead will return next week on AMC.

Honest life: 'I'm not doing this for you,' Victor affirmed, as they saddled up. 'I'm doing this for Ofelia, so you can live an honest life'

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'A New Group' Official Teaser: Fear the Walking Dead Ep. 611

The Walking Dead 26 April, 2021 - 07:01am

Fear the Walking Dead: A Major Character Has a Fight Club Moment

CBR - Comic Book Resources 25 April, 2021 - 09:45pm

This week's episode of Fear the Walking Dead returned focus to the protagonists with Virginia out of the picture. Now established at their new home, Morgan and Daniel strive to keep the group safe, suspecting an even bigger threat lurks on the horizon. When Morgan leaves for a supply run, things go bad. As Daniel struggles to hold everything together, evidence points to a traitor in the group. However, Daniel unknowingly committed the crimes, delivering a storyline that is straight out of Fight Club.

Although he doesn't remember doing it, evidence suggests Daniel moved the guns into his shed. He also sent Grace and Charlie to a dangerous location, instead of Morgan's shack as he recalls doing. While he's sure they misheard him, Grace and Charlie remove a map with an area he circled for proof. Stunned, Daniel seeks help from June. After running tests, she clears him of any neurological problems. She suggests his issue is psychological, and he is repressing memories due to trauma.

Much like at the Gonzalez Dam, Daniel feels responsible for the new settlement's safety. Considering people were killed and the dam destroyed, he fears relaxing too much will result in the same fate for Morgan's settlement. However, much like Fight Club's Narrator, Daniel unknowingly self-sabotages. Ironically, Strand shot Daniel in the cheek in Season 3, causing him to bear the same mark as the Narrator/Tyler.

Although Daniel confirms this repression has happened before, there remains the possibility he is innocent. For one, the audience never sees Daniel stealing the weapons. Two, there is still the matter of the mysterious "The End is the Beginning" people. Despite being a ruthless villain, even Virginia feared them. Without confirmation as to how they operate, it's possible they infiltrated Morgan's settlement and framed Daniel to incite paranoia and distrust among the group, which would be a twist within a twist that not even Fight Club could match.

Fear the Walking Dead's Oldest Rivalry May Have Buried the Hatchet

CBR - Comic Book Resources 25 April, 2021 - 09:05pm

The latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead marks one of the few times the show doesn't have a clear villain. The protagonists prepare to encounter the mysterious "Who are the End is the Beginning" people, a group even Virginia seemed afraid of. As such, Morgan and Daniel try to ready the group and make their new home safe. However, when Morgan sets off on a supply run, Daniel experiences psychological distress that puts everyone in danger. Right before he banishes himself, Daniel finds support from an unlikely person -- Victor Strand.

To make matters worse, Victor sells out the dam to the Proctors, resulting in a brutal invasion. But the ultimate betrayal comes when Victor holds Lola and Daniel at gunpoint before firing a bullet into Daniel's cheek. Moments later, the dam explodes, separating Victor and Daniel until their recent reunion in Season 5.

Upon Morgan's return, the group discovers Daniel moved the weapons without remembering. Through testing, June dismisses a neurological problem, suggesting Daniel is repressing memories due to trauma. According to Daniel, he's done this sort of thing before and decides to banish himself. Just as he's about to ride off to an uncertain fate, Strand intervenes, offering Daniel the option of accompanying him to Lawton.

Although Daniel laughs it off, the scene illustrates one of the few emotionally raw moments between the two rivals. It seems the events in "Handle With Care" bonded Daniel and Strand through empathy. While it's doubtful their rocky past is entirely behind them, Strand's offer to help and Daniel's acceptance suggest they are taking steps toward burying the hatchet.

Fear The Walking Dead's Ruben Blades Has Lots Of Thoughts About That Big Salazar Twist And Strand's Offer

CinemaBlend 25 April, 2021 - 09:05pm

With the episode "Handle with Care," Fear the Walking Dead dropped an unexpected doozy on Rubén Blades' Daniel Salazar, revealing the resident badass to be suffering from legitimate mental issues after having faked memory loss throughout the antologized first half of Season 6. In true fashion for the AMC zombie drama, Salazar's reveal didn't come quietly and clandestinely, but in a way where he unwittingly seemed to do everything possible to put literally everyone around him in dire jeopardy. And you better believe the actor is just as curious and intrigued by his characters twist as fans no doubt are.

CinemaBlend spoke with Fear the Walking Dead star Rubén Blades ahead of the time-jumping "Handle with Care" debuting on AMC, and he spoke at length about taking the usually confident and cocksure Salazar to such a vulnerable place. As well, Blades shared just how suspicious he is about the episode-ending offer made by Colman Domingo's Victor Strand. Let's dive into that mind-shifting mayhem below.

In no ranked order of fucked-upped-ness, Rubén Blades' Salazar sabotaged Grace and Charlie's escape, stole the community's entire armory, and allowed walkers to breach the outer walls. While his intentions in each case were on the level in one sense, there was clearly a breakdown at some point in Salazar's mental circuitry, flipping him from being an essential soldier to a potential powder keg. For the actor, it was important to first understand why this was even happening to Salazar at this point. According to Blades:

First of all, I had to understand where that was coming from, so then I can place it in the context of what I'm going to do and why. Especially when you know that you've done that before - you're pretending that you didn't know what was going on, as part of your own strategy as an intelligence officer to gather as much information as you could, so that I could give it to Morgan so that Morgan can then be successful in what he did. Which is something that was sort of clarified at the beginning of the episode when I said none of this would have existed if I hadn't done what I did, what I had to do. Well, that's one thing, and now you have a situation where I had to understand why, all of a sudden, I'm doing the same thing again: I'm saying one thing but doing another. What helped me was that the background is similar to what happened to Daniel when he lost a grip with reality when Ophelia died, and with Griselda as well. It's like, I failed. I am the strong guy, I'm the guy who does this, I'm the badass and I couldn't protect my wife, and I couldn't protect my daughter. And that thing is in the back of his head always, no matter what he does.

More than most Fear the Walking Dead characters, Daniel Salazar has experienced an abundance of violent, traumatic and life-changing moments that are depressingly front-loaded by the deaths of his wife Griselda and daughter Ophelia (portrayed respectively by Patricia Reyes Spindola and Mercedes Mason). Salazar's story took a mysterious turn after he learned of Ophelia's death in Season 3, when he went AWOL following the dam's explosion, but returned in Season 5 as a somewhat more chilled-out, cat-loving dude, though it was clear he went through a particularly rough patch during his time away from the other protagonists. But now, it wasn't renewed agony causing Salazar to retreat mentally, but rather a well-earned sense of peace and calm after John's brutal death (and Virginia's) that sent him askew.

Rubén Blades further explained how parts of Salazar's past laid the groundwork for his current situation, while also acknowledging other characters being seeded with doubt.

When the situation with Morgan and this town came to be, he saw in Morgan's idea sort of a recreation of the place he would have loved to have Los Angeles be for Ophelia and for Griselda. I think the fact that he saw this kind of happening, that he could help this happen now, at the same time that it exhilarated him, I think it sort of opened the door to look back at his own failure in the past. And I think that sort of flipped them up. Because Salazar will close himself in, which he did when he was a child and forced to kill people by his father. So he can close the door up to that, and be a barber and try to be normal, but now the door just opens whenever it wants, because of, I think, the trauma that this new reality sort of brought back. It's been quite challenging because I still think there are many, many who probably don't believe him. You know, they still going like, 'Uh, I don't know.'

As suspect as it is for anyone to posit genuine memory problems after publicly faking them for an extended stint, surely Fear the Walking Dead's survivors know that Daniel Salazar is smart enough to know how dumb it would be to fake that. He's definitely aware of how ridiculous it would look to double-up on the faux amnesia, and I seriously doubt his pride would accept others seeing him as an intentional self-saboteur. To that end, Rubén Blades talked about how Salazar's exit was also partially fueled by not wanting to be seen in a lesser-than light by Morgan and the other survivors.

Absolutely. He doesn't want to be the old little old man. He doesn't want to be the old guy, the senior citizen there that people go to to take care of their daughter or to make some soup and then take care of the cat. He doesn't want that life. And that's a very astute point of yours that he feels as a man, and as an intelligence officer, he doesn't want to be subjected to pity. And as much as he doesn't want to hurt anyone, he doesn't want people to go like, 'Oh, the poor Salazar. Look at the old man.' That's another reason why he says, 'Yeah, I better get the fuck out of here.'

Of course, getting the fuck out of there at this point means tagging along with Strand, Sherry and that merry band of marauders. And even though Salazar may be going through some thangs, that doesn't mean he's automatically 100% on Strand's side.

When Daniel Salazar attempted to make an exit to handle some self therapy, Colman Domingo's Victor Strand offered him the olive branch to travel with them to Lawton, which viewers haven't seen since before Virginia was gloriously capped by June. So while there's a more obvious and necessary reason for Salazar to accept the offer, Rubén Blades confirmed that his character is going into this with only the vaguest amount of trust in Strand, considering the events that coincided with Salazar's mental lapses. In his words:

I have to say this also. He's intrigued by Strand's request. Why would Strand tell him like that? 'Oh, come with us.' Know what I mean? Why? This guy, he's not doing it... 'I'm doing it for Ophelia.' Bullshit! Yeah, doing it for Ophelia, you're doing it for you. There's something there that you want, and I wonder what that is. I may be foggy and whatnot, but right now, I'm not foggy. Now, it's like, 'Why would you want that?' So I think he's leaving the place and making sure he won't burn it down like he did the other ranch, and fuck Morgan's idea and mess it up. At the same time, he's going like, 'I wonder what this guy wants, and what is he up to?' And yeah, it's better if I go with him than if I go by myself. But it's an interesting thing, because the audience is gonna go like, 'Hmm, I don't know. What is he up to? Is this real? Is he really forgetting things?' Because I mean, I think in his mind, as an intelligence officer, he knows the other shoe hasn't fallen. The other shoe has not fallen in that community. Something is going on. You know, that explosion was not really explained away. He sort of said, well, the rock fell and hit the dynamite. Yeah, maybe. He wants to believe that. Maybe? I don't know.

I can't imagine that many viewers were quick to take Strand at his word during the episode. Even though Salazar's trust issues with Strand over the weapons appeared to be misguided - and I still have some glued-down doubts about all that - he was still too quick to make excuses for the explosion. It's very easy to believe that Strand wants Salazar in Lawton to keep a close eye on him as much as he wants Salazar to get better, as it were. (And Strand is fully aware that the post-apocalypse has a way of making sick characters better.)

In the same vein, Rubén Blades hints that Salazar was probably agreeable about Strand's offer largely so that he could scope out what the situation is in Lawton with all those ex-Rangers and formerly masked quasi-villains.

I'm sure he's curious. Like I said, when he's not in fog land, he's an intelligence officer. He's Salazar. He's like, 'What does this guy really have?' Who knows what he has now? He's got the Rangers that stayed with him? How many? What else do they have? Do they have any weapons that we don't know about? What is his power? What is he up to, and what does this place look like now? What is he thinking? What is he doing? And he's inviting me in because he thinks I'm off, or he's inviting me in because he wants to mess me up and take one possible ally of Morgan's out of the picture. There's a lot of ifs going around.

I hadn't really considered Strand having ulterior motives specifically against Morgan, but it's certainly possible. As much as fans love Colman Domingo's performance as the ego-driven leader, he has rarely (if ever) put someone else's needs completely above his own. And even in those cases, there's always some kind of advantage for him to reap. So what's it going to be this time?

Find out when Fear the Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET, and stay tuned for more inside info from my chat with Rubén Blades.

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.

Fear the Walking Dead Reveals the Truth About Daniel Salazar’s Memory Loss

ComicBook.com 25 April, 2021 - 08:55pm

It's the usual suspects when Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades) gets to the bottom of a walker whodunit in Sunday's Fear the Walking Dead. Spoilers for Season 6 Episode 10, "Handle With Care." Narrating the episode as he recounts its events from behind bars, Daniel describes a peace-keeping meeting about an emerging threat to the survivors that's interrupted by an explosion of dynamite he suspects was no accident. When it's discovered someone stole the weapons checked-in by the visitors to Morgan's (Lennie James) weapon-free dam community, Daniel's old enemy Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) is caught with a smuggled gun that makes him the prime suspect as the traitor inside the dam's walls.

Daniel jails Strand for stealing the weapons from the lock-up, refusing to believe his innocence because the smooth-talking conman is "always lying. I don't think you can tell the difference anymore."

"This coming from the man who kept the truth about what he'd been doing from me for months," Strand retorts, referring to the revelation that Daniel faked amnesia when they were reunited inside the Lawton settlement where a seemingly feeble Daniel acted as Ginny's (Colby Minifie) barber.

"I did what was needed to be done in order to free us from Virginia," says Daniel, an ex-Sombra Negra operative. "And it worked."

Daniel's deception was for the greater good, but Strand's is tearing the group apart. Strand again rejects the accusation that he's a spy for the underground community behind the "the end is the beginning" messaging spray-painted across the spooked settlements.

As finger-pointing and paranoia among the group grows, Sherry (Christine Evangelista) questions the absences of Grace (Karen David) and Charlie (Alexa Nisenson). Daniel sent them to safety, directing them to an old fishing shack in the woods he's marked on a map.

But as a walker horde drawn by the explosion encroaches on the dam, Daniel is more aggressive in his interrogation of Strand. While recounting the events to an as-yet-revealed person, Daniel confesses why he's so desperate to protect the community:

"When I was cutting hair for Virginia, pretending that I didn't remember anything or anybody... I realized that the situation was not different from when I was running that barbershop in Los Angeles, pretending that the life I had led before arriving there didn't exist. My daughter Ofelia spent her entire existence without really knowing who her father was, so our whole relationship was based on a lie. A deception. Morgan's idea made me believe that I could help create the kind of home I wanted Los Angeles to be for Ofelia and myself, a place where you would not need to pretend to be what you weren't. I hoped that by doing that, I could redeem myself from all the lies I told. And for Ofelia's death."

The situation worsens when Grace and Charlie don't check-in. After a short search, Grace and Charlie dispute Daniel's claims he told them to go to the shack: he told her to avoid the shack because it was unsafe and to go to the caverns. The mixup ends with Grace revealing proof: Daniel circled the caverns on his map.

Luciana (Danay Garcia) radios in damning proof that it was Daniel who hid the weapons when she finds a cart full of them stashed in his shed. "Somebody moved them there," Daniel says, blaming Strand, or the person working with him. When Morgan asks if he made a mistake, Daniel admits, "I'm not sure. It's confusing."

Daniel is revealed to be an unreliable narrator as he recounts his story to ICU nurse June (Jenna Elfman), who has returned to perform cognitive tests on Daniel.

"It's not neurological. I think it's psychological," June determines. She explains: "It means symptomatically, you're experiencing memory loss, dissociative thinking, but there doesn't appear to be any underlying physical cause. Which is good. It means we can treat this."

Daniel suffered a mental breakdown in Season 2 episode "Shiva," which culminated in his burning down the Abigail Estate. Asked why he's suffering these effects now, June explains: "Because you have something to lose? Were you worried about that? About something happening here? Could that be why you moved the weapons?"

He doesn't know the answer. "You spend your whole life giving people a reason not to trust you... and then one day, you cannot even trust yourself," Daniel says. "I deserve this." When Morgan asks June in private if Daniel could be lying, she says they'd get people like him in the ER who were just as confused: "It's hard to fake."

Daniel ends his seasons-long feud with Strand and exiles himself from the dam. "The last time these things happened in my mind... I set a whole place on fire," Daniel recalls. "I can't risk that happening now." As he prepares to leave alone, Strand invites him to Lawton as a goodwill gesture in honor of Ofelia (Mercedes Mason). Strand says, "We can keep you safe. And everyone around you." They ride off together to Lawton, where Daniel can live an honest life.

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The New Big Bad On ’Fear The Walking Dead’ Is Connected To John Dorie

UPROXX 25 April, 2021 - 12:00pm

Two episodes into the back half of Season Six of Fear the Walking Dead, and there have already been two major deaths. John Dorie was the first victim, shot and killed by Dakota, while in last week’s episode, June got her revenge by killing Dakota’s mother, Ginny.

Those two deaths, interestingly, may pave the way for the next Big Bad in the series. Ginny’s absence, of course, leaves an opening for another major villain, since she had been the primary antagonist for the past season. Meanwhile, the forthcoming villain will be someone from John Dorie’s past, hinted co-showrunner Andrew Chambliss in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “I think people should go back and look at what John Dorie has said in the first half of the season, because it will offer a clue as to one of the big threats in the back half of the season.”

As Comicbook.com suggests, Chambliss is likely referring to a serial killer that Dorie’s father put in prison, though he had to do so by framing him, which cost Dorie’s father his job. Here’s how Dorie described him in Episode Four of this season:

“Women were going missing in the Houston area. Bodies showing up miles away. The term didn’t exist then, but I suppose the fella doin’ it is what we’d call a serial killer. Detectives found him living on this compound out in the desert with a bunch of people he brainwashed into thinking he was the second coming or somethin’. Really, he was just some two-bit mortician spouting on about death and new beginnings … just a bunch of nonsense dressed up to sound profound.”

“Nonsense dressed up as profound” certainly sounds like the person behind all that spray-painted tags reading, “The end is the beginning.” The group responsible for those tags is already being set up as the back-half villains, and it would only make sense that they’d be led by someone Alicia described in the season six trailer as, “The King of the Crazies.” In fact, the KIng of the Crazies narrates that trailer: “Everything is winding down,” he says. “Death is inevitable, but from this death comes new life.”

That definitely sounds like “nonsense dressed up as profound.” That character’s name is Teddy, he’s played by John Glover (Smallville), and he looks exactly like a two-bit mortician.

It would seem that after the zombie apocalypse, Teddy managed to escape prison, and now on top of everything else, Morgan and the Gang now have to deal with a serial killer with an apparently large following and a ready supply of spray paint. We can’t wait to meet him.

Fear the Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC.

Source: EW, Comicbook.com

The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln Talks About Coming Back As Rick Grimes After Leaving The Walking Dead! - FanFest

FanFest News 25 April, 2021 - 06:29am

Alright, The Walking Dead fans, this is not a drill. Andrew Lincoln is finally talking about coming back as Rick Grimes! He’s ready to dust off his cowbot boots, throw on that hat and kill some zombies! We’ll have Rick back and he’ll be taking a bite out of crime and reestablishing his Ricktatorship in no time! He’s returning in his own movie which he expects to start filming as early as this upcoming spring! The films were announced the same night his final episode aired and are apparently planned to be a trilogy. Unfortunately because of the pandemic, the beginning of filming was delayed, which is too bad since fans are eager to see Rick return! I can’t wait to see Andrew Lincoln coming back as Rick Grimes!

Lincoln said in the last print issue of SFX Magazine, “Initially, I didn’t miss him too much because it was such a great finish to my story on the TV show. Also, I am in very, very close communication with all of my friends from Atlanta, so I’m always in touch with them. But then this extraordinary situation happened in the world and we all pushed the pause button, and also there had been so much happening in a country I see as my second home.”

Andrew Lincoln and Scott Gimple, the man responsible for The Walking Dead on AMC, had an exit planned for him as early as season 4. Thankfully Lincoln never took that strategy, not back then, as that definitely would have been too early to see him leave. He originally left The Walking Dead to spend more time with his children… but his children want him to get back to being Rick Grimes.

“I’ve never missed America more than last year, actually — it’s quite interesting. And my children… I came back for my children and they’re like, ‘What are you doing? We want to go back to America, get your boots on and start getting into the zombies!’ So there’s a certain sense that I’ve missed the character — I think he’s a magnificent character and I loved being Rick.” Lincoln elaborated.

Lincoln has actually spoken about coming back as Rick Grimes before. He has responded with “Never say never” when asked if he would be willing to appear in the final season of The Walking Dead.

Are you excited about The Walking Dead movies? Are you excited that Andrew Lincoln is coming back as Rick Grimes? Let us know below!

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wish i could see the movie with this covid im not going into any movie theaters anytime soon so sad

The Walking Dead: 10 Ways The Comics Changed After 2003

CBR - Comic Book Resources 24 April, 2021 - 10:25pm

All of those end up being the case with The Walking Dead as the series continued to grow in scope the longer it went on, phasing out certain aspects of the story in favor of others.

There are human plots spread throughout, but most of the focus is still on the flesh-eating walkers. It's with the introduction of the saviors and Negan that things start to shift dramatically towards human against human conflict, walkers taking a firm backseat.

That said, survival began to be replaced by the mental effects of surviving. It's a shift from what was presented earlier but did provide very interesting characters like Negan and even Alpha.

If people constantly die, the readers are bound to grow less of a connection to the characters, as was the case when Alpha wiped out a swath of survivors. None of them felt all that important, each of them easily replaced later on.

The capper is when the Commonwealth was brought in during the final arc, showing a rebuilt military and society that was thriving in the new world. It was all necessary as the book always had to end with the world starting over again.

It started to turn after dealing with the Governor, as more and more people starting to assimilate into Rick's group. Sure, plenty of folks got killed off, but the story started to get stripped of the more intimate moments with anyone that wasn't Rick.

As the apocalypse started to change him, Carl became a more intricate and interesting character. He got plotlines that were all his own, and his interactions with Negan were all pretty great, as was the fact he executed someone that no one else in the group was willing to.

Rick was flying by the seat of his pants during his initial run as a leader, as shown by his infamous "we are the walking dead" speech. As the story went on, he started to grow into the role far better, deserving the spot. By the time they hit the Commonwealth, Rick's status was legendary for a reason.

The death was so visceral and shocking for more than just who it was. It marked the end of the days when you'd just shoot someone in the head to kill them.

A crime so horrible that Rick and his group brutally tortured them. The same goes for the scavengers who threatened to physically abuse Carl.

By the end of the series, Rick had done awful things, just as any villain had. The reverse could be said of Negan, who grew into more of an anti-hero by the end of it all.

Andrew Lincoln Talks Getting Back to Rick Grimes After Leaving The Walking Dead

ComicBook.com 24 April, 2021 - 10:20pm

Andrew Lincoln is dusting off his cowboy boots and "very, very excited" for Rick Grimes to return in the Walking Dead movie he expects to begin filming as soon as this spring. Lincoln left The Walking Dead during its ninth season in 2018, but his character would live on: franchise chief content officer Scott Gimple quickly announced Rick would return in a series of AMC original films that would later be upgraded to bigger-budgeted features distributed into theaters by Universal Pictures. Production was expected to get underway in 2019, but a series of delays — including a pushed back shooting start amid the coronavirus pandemic — have kept Lincoln away from the Walking Dead Universe.

"Initially, I didn't miss him too much because it was such a great finish to my story on the TV show," the English actor told the latest print issue of SFX Magazine about Rick, who flies away from The Walking Dead aboard a helicopter piloted by the Civic Republic Military. "Also, I am in very, very close communication with all of my friends from Atlanta, so I'm always in touch with them. But then this extraordinary situation happened in the world and we all pushed the pause button, and also there had been so much happening in a country I see as my second home."

Lincoln and Gimple, at the time The Walking Dead's showrunner, devised a potential exit strategy for Lincoln as far back as Season 4. The actor ultimately left the Georgia-based production to spend more time with his growing family — only for his children to urge him to get back to Rick Grimes.

"I've never missed America more than last year, actually — it's quite interesting," Lincoln said. "And my children… I came back for my children and they're like, 'What are you doing? We want to go back to America, get your boots on and start getting into the zombies!' So there's a certain sense that I've missed the character — I think he's a magnificent character and I loved being Rick."

Gimple, who co-wrote the script with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, produces the film with first-time producer Lincoln. Though the actor has been away from Rick since 2018, Lincoln hasn't strayed too far from The Walking Dead.

"Throughout all of this time, percolating underneath it, has been lots of script-writing and development for the feature," he told SFX. "So it's difficult because I've always had one eye on the movies. And then of course we've waited and waited and waited. Hopefully, we should be receiving a script any day now, so we are very, very excited and we've got a wonderful team involved in it. So yes, the short answer is I've missed it greatly the last year. I'm looking forward to getting back."

Lincoln also told the magazine he would "never say never" to making an appearance in the upcoming expanded final season of The Walking Dead and that his big-screen Rick return will at long last begin filming "at the first available opportunity."

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