The Walking Dead Talk Through

Hosted ByBrian Meloche & Kyle McAdams & Laurence Todd

The Walking Dead Talk Through is an episode by episode discussion about all of the TV shows and movies within The Walking Dead Universe, based on the hit shows by AMC. In each episode, we talk about the character arcs and their interactions with other characters, the plot, and action of the episode, and make predictions on what will happen. Our listeners are very important to us, and your feedback is an essential part of this podcast. Hosts Brian Meloche, Kyle McAdams, and Laurence Todd want to thank you for listening!

FTWDTT 083 – The Beginning (S6E16)

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FTWDTT 083 - The Beginning (S6E16)

Talking Through The Beginning

We’re late this time out AGAIN, but for this episode 83 of Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through, Brian and LT talk through Season 6 Episode 16 of Fear the Walking Dead, the season finale, titled The Beginning, which was written by co-showrunners Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss and directed by co-executive producer Michael E. Satrazemis.

This was mostly a positively received season finale, but the episode had one flaw…

We ended up recording the episode over two nights. We started late on Wednesday night, so we finished it on Thursday night. During the two recordings, I started thinking about what I thought didn’t make sense, so I watched the episode a second time and did a detailed analysis of how the timeline of the end of S6E15 USS Pennsylvania fits with this episode. The answer: For the most part, it doesn’t. There are several examples where either not enough time has passed, or too much time has passed, and there are also some distance issues that aren’t related to where the warheads landed. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to get more information.

There were a lot of good things about the finale though…

We thought that, although creepy, the writers got Teddy’s true motives and actions right on the money, and the scene with Teddy, Dakota, JD Sr and June, we enjoyed Strand (how it was written anyway), Dwight and Sherry, Daniel figuring out Rollie was the mole, and Morgan and Grace finally sharing their feelings once and for all were all highlights. Also, with a radioactive, Chernobyl-like Texas, the showrunners have laid out for what looks like what could be an interesting Season 7.


00:00:00 Intro
00:01:40 Feedback on Previous Episodes
00:19:27 About The Beginning
00:20:11 Ratings
00:21:54 Awesome Sauce
00:37:00 Weak Sauce
01:21:49 What Sauce
01:58:50 Sad Sauce
02:07:17 Listener Feedback
02:23:09 Our Notes
02:24:42 News, Ratings and Info
02:28:30 Wrap Up

We have ratings for the season finale and they are up!!!

We didn’t have the ratings for S6E15 USS Pennsylvania when we recorded last week but we posted them on the blog post. We’ll post them again. Last week, the episode received an all-time low of 0.17 in the 18-49 demographic, with 872,000 viewers, down from the S6E14 Mother’s 0.23 and 940,000 viewers, which was the all-time viewers’ low at the time. The season finale got a 0.20 in the 18-49 demographic but was up in total viewers with 1.045 million viewers. I speculated that it was because the episode did better with 25-54 and 50+ viewers, but I didn’t have the ratings for those demos. Unfortunately, I did not have any ratings information for Talking Dead, though it returned for the season finale.

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We’ll be off until August, unless we have something good to talk about…

LT and I will be taking a hiatus over the rest of June, July, and the first three weeks of August, unless we have something really good to talk about! We think that the web series Dead in the Water will be released during the hiatus, plus there are potential Comic-Con trailers, news, etc. If something good comes up, we’ll come back with a shorter episode. Otherwise, expect us back as The Walking Dead Talk Through soon after The Walking Dead returns Sunday, August 22, 2021. For the season 11 premiere or for any off-season thoughts, please leave your feedback! Get in your feedback for that when it comes by 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. One of the best ways to submit feedback is on our Facebook group. You can also send us an email at our new email: or call our new voicemail at 216-232-6146.

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This season, doing the podcast has been challenging, and we could use your help. Our availability is limited for each of us on Tuesdays when the bulk of the feedback comes in. We have to grab it from the various sources, including the Facebook group, the feedback form, email, and voice mail; put it into a Google doc; separate it into the appropriate sections of the podcast: Ratings, sauces, and feedback; and then fix things like spelling mistakes, grammar, and format, and then divide it by who will read it. If you are available most Tuesdays that we have an episode to record and want to help the podcast out, please drop us a line, either using the feedback form, the Facebook group, or if you are friends with us on Facebook, over Messenger. We’ll work out something if you can.

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1 comment on “FTWDTT 083 – The Beginning (S6E16)

  1. Aaron says:

    #BringBackKyle 😉 ha

    Blood hound storks – nice one Brian!

    I agree LT, if you’re trying to outrun something why not just drive on the rim; even being slower the vehicle is still faster than you trying to run on foot with a loaded backpack.

    (Brian re: Morgan) “I don’t think he’s going to be off the show” – sadly. 🙂

    There’s also the sled maneuver for the dog – make a sled out of something, tie it to the dog, and let the dog pull it from behind.

    “How many roads must a dog go down” 🤦‍♀️, but okay that was SLIGHTLY funny LT. 🙂

    I will say I didn’t pay that much attention to Teddy because he came in so late in the season physically so the creeper vibes I missed; I just saw him as using Dakota because she’s clearly so unstable and violent he could get her to say yes to any dangerous mission essentially so she’s a good tool to have for him right then.

    Morgan was never going to shoot himself, especially not FTWD Morgan, he would have given some speech instead before pulling the trigger and Grace would want to be shot for another reason so I can’t say the moment was sad for me. Had it been anyone else like Dwight and Sherri or just Grace on her own then I might see it as more sad but with Morgan I never bought for a second it was going to happen so it killed the mood for me and instead felt like drug out screen time. Again sorry fans of his but the guy just annoys me more than not, I don’t know if it’s the writing or acting or a mix of both but yeah who’ve described as TWD Morgan does not match what I see each week when FTWD is on.

    I hated hearing Strand say he was Morgan, that did not sit right with me at all because Strand easily could have just kept his names and edited his deeds as he always does but to say he’s Morgan felt like pushing “Morgan is good” content on us and I don’t buy it so I didn’t like it.

    Did you record the last bits of feedback separately? There’s a lot of overlapping with the audio tracks which lead to “talking over one another” in this part which I haven’t seen with other podcast episodes this season.

    “I need to see Alicia!” – second this Renee!

    That should be The Lawrence Todd. 🙂

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