Fear the Walking Dead Season 5: 5 big questions after Today and Tomorrow

Maggie Grace as Althea - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC
Maggie Grace as Althea - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC /

Another episode of Fear the Walking Dead has come and gone, yet there is virtually zero progression. Similarly, nearly nothing is learned from the interaction with newcomers.

While Fear the Walking Dead is busy ignoring zombies and reminiscing about the good old days of The Walking Dead, the intrigue about the Cowpokes grows. Virginia is their irritating leader, and absolutely nobody with functional eyes should trust what they are preaching about the future.

Here are five pressing questions after “Today and Tomorrow” that don’t take as sarcastic a tone as the questions directed towards the showrunners on Twitter.

1. Are the Cowboys/Cowgirls good or evil?

According to the new guy named Tom, who is being hunted down, the horseback crew who appear to have raided every Cabela’s in a 50-mile radius are not as altruistic as they present themselves. In fact, they’re holding pseudo-prisoners, one of whom is Tom’s sister, in a condo complex called Paradise Ridge. Or so Tom says at first.

Apparently the Cowpokes’ primary mission is preparing for the future, and, because of how easily Morgan and Al gain entry, inadequately staffing the front gate at the complex. The jury is still out on their intentions, but I don’t trust Virginia because she wears the slouch hat like an extra on Night at the Museum.

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2. What can’t the crew fix?

At a certain point, the list of things all the random people can fix is ridiculous. Al can rebuild entire planes with spare parts in a junkyard, not to mention retrofit a SWAT vehicle with an array of machine guns. Strand can pilot a hot air balloon, which has to be a skill-set only a handful of people on the planet possess. Now, Grace can rebuild/repair solar panels and is also a musical virtuoso. Up next, Charlie is likely to solve complex mathematical formulas while working as a janitor in a college.

3. Is the gas subplot over?

The gas was so important, but now it’s not? They just gave it up without a fight? So are the Buckaroos going to form the Zombie Apocalypse Exxon, or will there be an oil gas & oil war in the near future?

4. What record was most important to Daniel?

During the walk Daniel, Grace, and Skidmark were taking, they eventually encountered zombies. Not because it was inevitable, but because they were talking full volume in the middle of the night as if this weren’t a world infested by the undead.

So what record was Daniel so concerned about that he was willing to risk his life to hear once again? He said it’s the Traveling Wilburys, but that feels like misdirection. My bet is on a vinyl version of this hit:

5. Does anyone care about Al’s helicopter girl?

Doesn’t she already get enough of the story with her “record everything despite dragging down the entire show”-angle? Do we also have to hear over and over about a character we’ve already mostly forgotten, just because there is an insistence upon inserting politics into the show?

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 airs Sundays on AMC.