Monsters of the Deep in FTWD Epx201

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Monsters of the Deep in FTWD Epx201

BG Blogger discusses the theme of hidden monsters in Episode 201 in “Fear the Walking Dead”

 

The cast of characters in “Fear the Walking Dead” have found themselves plunged into a world filled with monsters. With the premiere of Season 2 entitled “Monster,” we saw them before the credits, staggering across the beach and spilling over the beautiful balcony of Strand’s beachfront home.

 

Madison and Travis managed to hold the small herd off until Nick was able to reach them and bring them to the safety of the yacht. As they floated on the water, Madison and Strand exchanged these words:

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Strand believes they are deep enough to be safe from monsters, but we know that’s not the case.

 

The monsters are still hiding, waiting in the waters. Nick encountered one when he was enjoying a swim and discovered another trapped in the overturned boat.

 

Our water walkers aren’t the only monsters lurking out there on the waters either. As we know from The Governor, from the Termites, from Shane and from Negan, humans will always be the much more terrifying monsters in a world that the dead rule.

 

But just where is this more deadly form of monsters hiding?

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Is Strand secretly a monster disguised as a savior, as Daniel speculated to Madison when he questioned why the man was ready to flee the safety of his home so quickly? We know Daniel himself had a monster hidden away in him for years, keeping the secrets of his time as a torturer from Ofelia. Maybe he can spot the monster in Strand because he has carried one within him.

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Is Jack on the other end of Alicia’s radio broadcast secretly a monster, waiting to emerge from the waters, swallow up their safe hiding place and claim it as his own? Did his monstrous jaws already devour the group in the overturned boat?

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Will Chris’ anger at his father over the death of his mother awaken a monster in him? We saw him act on impulse when he pushed Lydia’s body over the side, when he struck his father and when he dove into the water. Could he be pushed to do something else?

 

The problem with the monsters that dwell inside of the living is that they can dive down much deeper, hide themselves much better and surface without warning. They can come without a single groan or snap of their jaws but with the same lack of humanity that the dead themselves display.

 

There is no question that there are more monsters of the deep that will threaten our group. But until they surface, we can only look out at the seemingly calm waters, be ready and wait.

 

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Freelance writer from Pittsburgh. May or may not be a walker whose bicycle was stolen by Officer Friendly.

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