The most recent episode of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead entitled ‘The Code‘ was a return to the apocalyptic road, in which three new characters were introduced to the still-evolving cast of season four; the truck driving Sarah (Mo Collins), her co-pilot, wheelchair-bound and shotgun carrying Wendell (Daryl Mitchell), along with perhaps the last beer brewer in the world, Jim (Aaron Stanford).
While the episode revolved largely around Morgan’s (Lenny James) tormented quest to get back to his friends both in Alexandria, Virginia and most recently in Texas, he was supported by the offbeat yet likable trucking pair of Sarah and Wendell.
But in the background was awkward if not seemingly absurd idea to bring the brewing of beer back into the apocalyptic zombie world by Jim, after having been saved by Morgan. But eventually, the idea of reintroducing beer to the world seemed to have just as much merit, as the idea of leaving boxes on the side of the road for weary travelers, with the boxes reading, “Take what you need. Leave what you don’t. See you further on up down the road.”
While these characters are in the midst of the end of the world, what we are really seeing with the introduction of these three new characters, as well as with Morgan’s quest to return to his friends, is the continued existence of hope in the world. A commodity that Morgan now helps those around him see as something attainable, but not for what it can get them, but rather because it is the right thing to do and the best way to rebuild the world, which has been overtaken by the dead.
While ‘The Code’ was light on featuring any of Fear The Walking Dead’s surviving cast such as Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), Strand (Colman Domingo), Luciana (Danay Garci), Althea (Maggie Grace), John (Garret Dillahunt), June (Jenna Elfman), and Charlie (Alexa Nisenson), it served to put a spotlight on the show’s evolving cast, which is only strengthened by the introduction of a strong-willed and disabled survivor of the zombie apocalypse, who like others around him, survives because of others and not apart from others.
All in all, this latest episode of Fear The Walking Dead, entitled ‘The Code’, was fun, zombie-filled, and loaded with hope, which has come to define the entertaining and resurrected the fourth season of FTWD.