Man Vs. Nature in Episode 202 of Fear the Walking Dead
BG Blogger discusses the theme of Man Vs. Nature as seen in Fear the Walking Dead Episode 202 “We All Fall Down” and the rest of the series
Two children play on a sandy beach on a sunny day that might be a vacationer’s dream. Gathering shells, they are focused, as children are wont to be, on their play and oblivious of the world around them.
Then, out of the water as if an extension of the waves themselves, rises a body that has already risen once from the clutches of death. We look on in horror as the body nears the sand where the children innocently play and is joined by a second menacing form. The two, male and female, stagger along the sand. We close our eyes, ready for the worst, but a gate constructed by man prevents their advance.
The children are safe, and Fear the Walking Dead Episode 202 has begun.
In the episode, our survivors later find this same stretch of beach, docking here in search of answers about what might be left in this world. There, they encounter George, his wife Melissa, his sons Seth and Harry and his daughter Willa.
George and Travis retire to the study where George reveals that the whole of the western U.S. is gone. He tells Travis:
To which George responds:
RTravis then remarked:
And George said:
And George is correct. Travis is well versed in the subject of man versus nature. In fact, when we saw him in his classroom in the Pilot, he was teaching a lesson on the subject as an introduction to Jack London’s story “To Build a Fire.”
If you don’t recall the scene, you can check out the post I wrote about it here.
In The Walking Dead, the natural world has been a benefit to our survivors. There was the gorge that kept the walkers so well confined at the start of Season 6, the tornado and the rains that helped save the group in “Them” Episode 510.
But in Fear the Walking Dead, nature has been set up as an adversary. It was even used in the promos for the show:
In this episode, George directly connects the walkers with nature.
There is also the complication of life on the seas to consider. While humans will undoubtedly threaten our survivors, a host of other dangers can come in the form of bad weather and natural hazards along the shores. The natural world is fraught with dangers from the undead to freak storms.
We see many of the characters in Episode 202 dealing with the new order of things and with their new places in this natural world that has become an enemy. Others are not yet facing it at all.
Ofelia remarked to her father:
And yes, at its heart, nature is cruel, as disasters and disease progress without any regard for the living. Ofelia says it is good to understand this, but is she really ready to live in the new world?
Later in the episode Nick said to Alicia:
Here, he shows that he does have an appreciation for the world where nature is winning, but in the same breath, he laments the effects that this will have on Willa and Harry, showing that he hasn’t accepted it yet.
Meanwhile, Strand is continuing to scheme as if he is in control, talking on his satellite phone and promising to be in some unknown location at an appointed hour. He showed his confidence earlier in the episode to Daniel by saying:
Chris, however, seems to be turning the corner and embracing his new role in life, killing the walkers through the fence without worry, even as it disturbed Travis to see.
And it’s no accident what Seth said to Travis about it:
But in the end will it matter who embraces the new way of things?
George had and for his family, things still ended in tragedy. If nature has the upper hand, maybe it’s just a matter of time before everyone falls down in the world where cities smolder in ashes and no pocket full of posies can spare the infected. We’ll have to keep watching to find out.
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