FTWDTT 054 – Humbug’s Gulch (S5E3)
Talking Through Humbug’s Gulch
On this episode 54 of Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through, Brian and Kyle are joined again by our special guest co-host Mark from The Walking Dead Talk Through, as we talk through Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3, which is titled, Humbug’s Gulch. This was written by Ashley Cardiff, her first episode on this show, and directed by Colman Domingo, who plays Strand on the show, and is making his second stint as a director on this show. He previously directed S4E12 Weak.
We have more feedback for last week’s episode… S5E3 coverage starts at 27:30…
Before we get into this week’s episode, we have to share more feedback we received for last week’s episode, S5E2 The Hurt That Will Happen. Discussion on this week’s episode starts at 27 minutes and 30 seconds into the podcast.
Spaghetti western walkers!!!
We see this episode lean into the backstory of John, as a former trick shooter at a western theme park. The vibe of this episode, especially the music and look, was reminiscent of the old spaghetti westerns of the 1960s. I thought it perfectly fit in with the Texas motif, and I enjoyed it. Some found the San Antonio Split beyond their suspension of disbelief, but I thought they sold it well by saying it was only the second time John had been able to successfully split a bullet to two targets. Crazy, yes, but I bought it.
We had already been told by the showrunners that Dwight was going to be crossing over to Fear from the main show, and I was skeptical as to the believability of this crossover, and not sure I wanted him on the show. Now that it’s upon us, I thought it was very well done. I wasn’t always receptive to Dwight’s character and story, but I found myself very drawn to his character’s story, heartbroken that he hadn’t found Sherry yet and how that had led to desperation and anguish.
Having him found by John and June, the two characters who could best sympathize with his story were appropriate and very fitting. And he fits! He’s a character that has a lot to atone to and is on his own redemption arc. He’s also a character that needs the group’s help. So, if he can find Sherry, and help others, he’s a perfect fit for this completely different show from two years ago.
A paper trail…
Some people complained about the clues Sherry left behind for Dwight. There was some confusion as far as why he thought the car John and June were driving was the same car that he was looking for that Sherry had been driving, and where the registration was. If you recall way back in Season 7 of The Walking Dead, Sherry left Dwight a note that told him where she was going, a cottage they stayed before the apocalypse.
When he left at the end of S8E16, he went there and found another note for him that said Honeymoon. We can assume that there was a note for him there, and then another, and probably another. Whether it was in her previous car or where she was staying, Sherry took another car and left behind the registration with another note on the back. Apparently, this car had the same year, make, model and color of the car on the registration, but after comparing the registration VIN with the VIN on the car itself, John was able to determine this was not the correct vehicle, despite matching otherwise.
It seems the showrunners are using deceptive kids as a plot point again this season. That feels a little overused. So, are we correct to assume that the kids are responsible for the walkers tied up by their guts? What about the severed zombie heads? Did they do those, too? I’m not sure I like this part of the story since it’s so similar to Charlie last season, but I will reserve final judgment.
FTWD Ratings are up!!!
This week, FTWD ratings were higher than last week, but not drastically so. S5E3 Humbug’s Gulch got a 0.54 in the 18-49 demographic with 1.756 million viewers, up from the last week’s 0.51 and 1.687 million viewers. Again, there was no Talking Dead this week so no ratings for it.
That’s it for Humbug’s Gulch!
A mixed vote on Humbug’s Gulch, with two out of three hosts loving it. Please leave your feedback for Fear the Walking Dead, Season 5 Episode 4, which is titled Skidmark, by 6 PM Eastern/5 PM Central on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The best way to submit your feedback is on the Facebook group.
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