Zombie Survival Guide: Cobalt Is Not Just a Shade of Blue

Okay ya’ll…I’m about to confess something. I think I’m a bit of a masochist. Here’s why: I hate zombies and am highly and irrationally afraid of them, but I NEED MORE ZOMBIES!!! There was very little walker action for the second week in a row on Fear the Walking Dead. Although, perhaps this is a “be careful what you wish for” moment. At the end of this week’s episode, Daniel looked like he was about to unleash a stadium full of zombies on LA. I am never going to another Dodger game again. EVER. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

As I just mentioned, very little zombie action this week on FTWD, but that doesn’t mean nothing happened. Here’s what you need to know:


Chris and Alicia need some parental attention. Does no one else notice these two kiddos are totally mentally unstable right now? Chris’s mom has voluntarily abandoned him to go work in the hospital (noble cause, but still) and his dad is continuing to think things will eventually be okay. Alicia’s boyfriend is dead, her brother was hauled off by the military, she’s carving hearts into her arm, and her mom is busy…well, I’ll get to that in a moment. Also, what is the deal with the, dare I say it, sexual tension between these two? We got a hint of it this week as they are playing around in the abandoned home of a wealthy family. I don’t know how I feel about this. The only reason these two aren’t step-siblings yet is because the Zombie Apocalypse put wedding plans on hold. But I guess you don’t have too many options when it’s the end of the world.

Cliff Curtis as Travis - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC
Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

Travis is still, well, Travis. He couldn’t take that shot is you were wondering.

Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

The women are getting it done…by any means necessary. Madison is covering for Daniel so he can torture information out of Ofelia’s soldier boyfriend, Andrew. Yes, you read that right. TORTUE. Meanwhile, Liza is learning some valuable skills from shady Dr. Exner. These new skills are going to come in handy for what we know is to come. Also, we get the first mention of the fact that all the dead turn…doesn’t matter if they are sick/bitten or not. All. The. Dead. Turn.

Speaking of the dead turning, we got our first semi-main character death this week. Are you shocked? Umm…if you watch flagship show The Walking Dead, you shouldn’t be. Main-characters drop like flies on that show. Who is our first victim you ask? Daniel’s wife and Ofelia’s mother, Griselda. The doctor has to amputate her foot, but it’s too late. She goes into septic shock and dies. Liza takes one for the team and puts Griselda down before she turns. Before dying, Griselda has a creepy incoherent confession moment talking about things she’s done and seen and something about the devil. Wait!?! Is she talking about her husband???

Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

Yes, she is. Turns out Daniel was no victim during the war back home. In order to survive, he joined forces with his oppressors. No wonder the man hasn’t shown any signs of fear so far. Whatever skills he acquired during the war, he is putting to use again. He gets ahold of Ofelia’s soldier boy toy and starts peeling the guy’s skin off for answers. And Madison is turning a blind eye while he does it. The woman wants her son back!


Nick, the son she so desperately wants back? Yeah, he’s being held in some government facility where they’re hauling off people if they have a fever (and we all know what’s happening to those being taken away). It doesn’t bode well for someone going through withdrawals. Just as Nick is about to get dragged off himself, he’s saved by Strand, his cell mate. Strand seems to be collecting things he needs to survive. Trading a designer watch for a key and diamond cuff links for Nick and talking about wolves at your door. Why does he need Nick? Strand knows Nick is a heroin addict, the “gold standard” as he calls it. He sees Nick as the type of man to do whatever is necessary to get what he needs. And what they need is to escape by any means necessary.

Lastly, we learn about COBALT, information obtained from Daniel’s efforts. The military plans to move out of the LA Basin and destroy everything left behind, including healthy survivors, in order to contain the spread of the virus.


The episodes ends with Daniel standing outside what looks like Dodger Stadium. During the interrogation, Andrew admitted to helping chain 2,000 people inside. Has Daniel gone to the stadium to help set free people he thinks are still alive, or has he gone to unleash the walking dead on the city as revenge for COBALT? I guess we’ll have to wait until next week’s season finale to find out. All I know is that when Daniel is standing outside those doors and the dead inside are trying to get out, we see fear in his eyes for the first time. If Daniel looks afraid, you better believe I’m cowering under the covers holding tight to any sharp object I can find to protect myself.

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