This week, Fear the Walking Dead picked up the pace with “Los Muertos.” While watching, I couldn’t help but think about how there was a theme of unexpected answers to hopes and requests in this episode.
It surfaced in small ways in some cases. Before leaving to go “shopping” at the gang-controlled store, Luciana told Nick:
When they were there, he wanted to put a snack cake in the cart for the little girl, but he failed to say who it was for. He gave Luciana what she wished for, staying quiet, though it led her to think the worst of Nick, that he wanted the cake for himself and risked the group to get it. When she learned the truth, she became tearful. I wonder if she would have even told Alejandro exactly what Nick did if she had known.
The theme of desires and wishes not providing what was expected came up when Madison and Strand were discussing the past. She mentioned that:
saying in her own way that she shouldn’t have had children in retrospect.
Perhaps the biggest example of all of this comes from Nick. He explained to Alejandro that he wanted to be in a place where the dead were more than monsters.
He’s found that place, alright, but I don’t think it’s the sort of paradise he had hoped for. It seems that Alejandro has formed a cult of the dead in his community. At the end when he said:
I got the chills. It sounds to me like the leader intends for his people to remain where they are or die. I can’t help but imagine the group suicides that have been carried out by real-world apocalyptic cults.
Luciana longed for silence, and she was denied the chance to know an important truth.
Madison longed for children, and she has had to spend her life worrying for them and now faces losing them in the world of the dead.
Nick longed for a place that understood and respected the dead. He wanted to walk with them and live with them in peace. Now, he may be asked to join them willingly.
In the world of Fear TWD, you have to be careful what you wish for.