FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Recap with Spoilers: S3E4 “100”
A slower episode with some strange relationships formed last week finished with one hell of a surprise: the apparent return of Daniel Salazar! Now, in tonight’s Fear the Walking Dead, “100,” we get to see just how he survived and what he’s been doing. Let’s get started!
Yup, Daniel’s really alive!
Some happy music as we see Daniel, broken and horribly hurt, stumbling through the streets looking more like a walker than a human. A group of walkers stumble past him, though, and he doesn’t entirely escape their notice. Saved by a barking dog, he laughs, perhaps feeling renewed.
Daniel meets Efrain, who seems willing to help him out. They stumble back to his home and get some fresh water. Efrain takes Daniel on a bike ride to deliver some water to folks in need, riding through a horde to get there. His friends help – but have to literally shave off necrotic tissue off his hurt leg. That looks painful. Very, very painful.
Daniel and Efrain continue to work together, scavenging, drinking… and Daniel cuts his hair. That’s right, a call back to Daniel at the very beginning of the season – he’s a barber remember? Efrain sees this as a sign that he’ll be leaving him soon. In a quiet and extended conversation, Daniel tells Efrain about the fire, and that he thinks Ofelia died in it. Efrain passes out (again, they did a lot of drinking!) and Daniel leaves, going out at night, in a storm. This…. is not very smart. Perhaps he hasn’t found his hope back again yet after all.He takes down a couple of walkers, and another, larger one walks toward him. On his knees, praying to Mary for help, a bolt of lightning goes right through the head of the walker.
So… that happened.
Two guys cleaning out a sewer find Daniel – and the woman who helped save his life, Lola, is there, too. She “hires” Daniel as a janitor at the dam, to clean out the dead so they don’t contaminate the water. She’s kind of a badass.
Daniel’s not thrilled with the way things seem to be run at the dam, but he’s a survivor, dam it. Get it? Dam it? The head of security, JC, has a problem with Daniel – and Daniel isn’t having it. He jammed his fork into JC’s hand when he messed with his food, and that brought the attention of the bossman, Dante – he quickly realizes that Daniel is a trained killer, and seems… amused by this?
So, bossman explains that he’s distributing water the way he is because he’s anti-communism, because political affiliations are an important thing to hold onto in the apocalypse. He offers Daniel a job – and in his first time out on patrol with the security enforcers, he naturally comes full circle to Efrain’s faucet. It’s just a minute before 5, when the faucet turns on, so it looks dry and they start to leave. Daniel calls them over and turns Efrain in, in order to save the fountain. Lola is not happy with this decision, even if it was made to save the people who rely on that water.
Daniel and Strand redux
And we get to the end of last week’s episode, when Daniel saw Strand taken captive. Strand says Ofelia is alive – but he thinks she’s still at the hotel, or he’s conning Daniel. Yeah, Daniel ain’t buying it. “She’s waiting for me?” Daniel tells Strand, “Ofelia is dead. Her father is dead. And so are you.” Cold. Freaking. Blooded.
Dante wants Daniel’s more… nefarious services. He wants him to torture a prisoner. Efrain. Well, shit.
Daniel tells Efrain that if he talks, they’ll kill him, then Lola. If he doesn’t talk, Daniel will kill him, but he promises to do it as quickly as possible. He starts beating him, brutally, while JC, Lola, and Dante watch. He has to put on a show here, or risk himself and Lola getting the same treatment. Lola pushes him out of the way, stopping him, and confessing to being his accomplice. So, guess we shouldn’t get too attached to Lola or Efrain here, huh?
Indeed, they are brought, along with the janitors who worked for Lola, to the dam drop-off point where Dante throws people into a pile of rotting walkers. At least as far as executions go, it’s a creative one. Daniel is personally told to kill Lola, and instead he grabs JC, kills him, and throws him over. Dante tries to talk him down – but then gets insulting, and Daniel shoots him in the head. Woah. Cold. Freaking. Blooded.
He gives the gun to Lola, gets down on one knee, and asks her forgiveness. She reaches a hand out and helps him up. Guess we’ll get more Lola and Efrain after all!
And that’s it for this week, an excellent episode that may have been the most personal look at a single character in this entire The Walking Dead TV universe. Wow! See you next week when we go back to the ranch!
Fear the Walking Dead airs at 9pm EDT on AMC.