By Carolina Gallardo (@carolgallardo)Based off of last week's episode, "Just in Case", we were left hanging on the fate of John Dorie, after being shot by Alicia. Unfortunately, this episode, "Wrong Side of Where You are Now" didn't do much in terms of resolving that story line but rather, we again revisited the past to get closer to the ultimate question: What the hell happened to Madison?
We then move into the past again, and we see how the entire community came together to work on planting all the seeds and/or crops that was salvaged from the FEMA Center. Madison and the group hear that someone is at the gates and it turns out to be Charlie, asking for her help. Apparently Mel and Ennis got into a fight and then Mel and Charlie drove off, only to crash with another abandoned vehicle. Charlie wouldn't come unless she urgently needed the help and expresses that. Nick is wary of trusting Charlie but Madison sites her evolved relationship with Naomi and as example that foes can become friends. And with that, they follow Charlie to the crash site. Naomi examines him in the vehicle and determines that he has a bruised lung and cracked ribs and would likely not survive being out here on this own. They finally decide to take them back with them, rather than leaving him to certain death.
Once back at the stadium, specifically the infirmary, Naomi tends to Mel's wounds, while keeping him handcuffed to the bed to be safe. Madison is present as well and Mel insists that this place is not safe and he wants to be released, before Ennis arrives. He warns them that Ennis is determined to MAKE the stadium fall and no longer just wait for it to happen. Madison is confident that they can handle any threat that would be directed their way but Mel insists that she has no idea of what's heading their way. Even after Madison leaves, he continues to try to convince Naomi that he is being perfectly reasonable and that she knows as well as anyone that his place will likely fall. Naomi ignores him but we find out later that secretly, she agrees with Mel. Once she has a moment to herself to speak to Madison privately, she tries to convince her to abandon her current plan of reinforcing the stadium and instead, fold up shop and keep moving to a new location. Madison insists that she built this environment to give her children some semblance of stability in this post-apocalyptic world and she's not going to abandon it all now. Naomi understands where she's coming from, but is hopeful that she will change her mind.
This conversation seems to stay with Madison, though, and she decides that Mel is essentially a cancer that could spread internally and kill the hopes of all in her community. Because of this, she drags him out of the infirmary, still not fully healed, insisting that if he wants to leave so badly, he can leave right now. In reversal from their earlier sentiments, Nick and Strand are not agreement with Madison's decision, however, they do not push her to change her mind. Mel insists that the walls will not hold against the threat headed their way so he will go, but all he wants is Charlie and he'll be on his way. Madison refuses to let him take Charlie with him and after some back and forth, he eventually drives off, much to everyone's disapproval.
Later Madison and the group start to realize the scale of the threat heading their way. Strand and Cole share that the Vultures would capture and lock up walkers in trailers, silos, etc and then mark the container with a flag stating the number of walkers contained within. They tell Madison that these containers are currently empty and if one adds up the individual totals from the flags they collected, they are looking at potentially being attacked by thousands of walkers. Madison instructs them to continued to reinforcing all the walls in the stadium, in anticipation of this threat.
Eventually they all return to the stadium and they all remain frozen, unsure of what is about to happen with these trailers. Very methodically, the vultures set up a stream of gasoline in front of the stadium as a sort of Phase I of their attack. Phase II is when ramps are attached to each of the trailers right before they lift up each of the latches and release the full force and magnitude of all the captured walkers. Many of them begin to swarm Nick and Alicia's car and they essentially radio back to the stadium to say their goodbyes, not anticipating surviving this. That is all that Madison needs to hear and she states that she needs to get out there and get her kids. Strand and Luciana insist that they'll join her and the gates open to a fiery scene that I suppose we'll see more of next week. Flaming walkers, I'm guessing?
We then head to the present day and see the SWAT vehicle pass by the original ice cream truck that released the gasoline at the stadium. It is almost completely torched. They see the stadium up ahead and upon Naomi's insistence that there are indeed medical supplies still inside, they hold on tight as Althea drives the truck through one of the wooden barriers that had been erected. Once inside, the smoke eventually clears and the dust settles...and they realize that they are completely surrounded by thousands of charred walkers. Not a good situation.
The episode ends here and with the midseason finale coming up next week, we have to anticipate that we will finally get an answer to Madison's whereabouts and the fate of John Dorie. At least we hope so.
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