Fear The Walking Dead Season 6 recap: Episode 7, Damage from the Inside

And just like that, we’ve arrived at the Season 6 mid-season finale of Fear The Walking Dead–and it doesn’t come without its surprises!

Fear The Walking Dead Season 6 is already halfway over. I’m going to let that soak in for just a second. How we’ve already reached the midway point is beyond me, but yet here we are, and it’s been quite the ride already.

This first half of the season has been primarily focused on the rule and wrath of Virginia (Colby Minifie). Perhaps it’s due to Minifie’s recent stint on Amazon’s The Boys, but I can’t seem to view her as a villain of any kind. She’s been in too many comedies to really be seen any other way, but I will say, she pulls it off the best way she can, and for that, I’ll give her credit.

The anthology format of Fear The Walking Dead Season 6 thus far has felt a bit of a hit and miss situation and, in my opinion, impacted the flow of the story a bit. Perhaps the format isn’t as much to blame as is the story itself as I’m not that invested in Virginia’s rule and how everyone is impacted by it. At this point, I feel like an escape plan could have been devised. Right?

The mid-season finale spends most of its time on Virginia’s sister, Dakota (Zoe Colletti), and her fortuitous escape from the clutches and hold of her dear older sister. Side note: I don’t know who did the casting but they were spot-on with bringing Colletti on–she and Minifie actually look like siblings!

Fear The Walking Dead Season 6’s mid-season finale leaves us with a lot of questions on what lies ahead.

Will the group ever break free of Virginia? Will they follow Morgan’s (Lennie James) lead? And where the heck did John Dorie (Garrett Dillahunt) go?! We’ll have to wait until 2021 to find out, but until then, let’s discuss last night’s mid-season finale!

Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 7 recap: Dakota goes missing

At the start of the episode, Dakota gets her chance to run away after the Rangers she is with are attacked. It’s her moment to escape, and she takes full advantage of it. I mean, why wouldn’t she? Anything to get away from Virginia (which is something everyone should be aspiring to do, at this point).

Strand (Colman Domingo) is understandably freaked out to hear that Dakota has made a run for it, especially given he had one job. He doesn’t really know how to go about tackling the situation, so he calls in Alicia to help him track down Dakota. It’s a rather big ask considering he asked her to go away from him, but desperate times, I suppose.

After the initial resistance, Alicia decides she will help Strand, but only so she can find out how she and Charlie (Alexa Nisenson) can escape as well. Maybe whoever helped Dakota may be of assistance to them.

Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 7 recap: Welcome to the Bates hunting lodge

Alicia and Charlie find themselves at a hunting lodge that reeks of everything Norman Bates would aspire to live in. It’s got some creepy, freaky looking walkers roaming about, and so naturally, the next best thing they can think of doing is to break into the lodge itself.

Leaving Charlie outside, Alicia sneaks into the house which is filled with taxidermy in every corner. And if that’s not creepy enough, Alicia spots a man attaching antlers to a walker he has strapped down on a table. At this point, we have no idea what the heck is going on, but it’s all rather weird.

Unfortunately, Alicia is so caught up in snooping around that she doesn’t notice this man sneak up behind her and inject with what we learn is an animal tranquilizer. When she eventually wakes up, she learns the man’s name is Ed (Raphael Sbarge), and that he makes the walkers look like that to scare people away.

And boy, does it work. These walkers are creepy.

Apparently, unfazed by all of this, is Dakota, who has made herself right at home with Ed, playing chess and talking about her life. Come on, Dakota, didn’t anyone teach you to be wary of strangers?

Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 7 recap: A narrow escape

Concerned with Alicia being gone for so long, Charlie snuck into the house to plot a rescue. She reveals to Alicia that Ed has the entire house boarded up, which, spoiler alert, doesn’t sound that crazy since this is a random guy that lives alone in the woods.

When she confronts Ed, he claims he was trying to protect them all in a way that he could never protect his own wife and daughter. I guess that’s nice, but does it have to be done in such a creepy way? He promises to let them leave in the morning, but Dakota refuses to go back to Lawton. She won’t go back to her sister, and we can’t blame her for it.

Unbeknownst to Dakota, Alicia had made a deal with Virginia on the sly–giving her Dakota in exchange for freedom for both her and Charlie. All of this goes to moot temporarily when Ed decides to blast some music and attract walkers to the lodge. He thinks it will protect them from the outside world, but before more damage can be done, Charlie injects him with the same stuff he injected Alicia with.

Charlie didn’t quite do the job right, and Ed awakened, attempting to fight back but instead stabbed himself with an antler. Instead of continuing to act all sorts of crazy, he provided a distraction and let the walkers attack, kill, and eat him, while the girls made their escape…

…only to find that the walkers were being pulled back out by something, or rather someone–Morgan! Let’s not forget that everyone on Fear the Walking Dead has presumed him dead after hearing the gunshot over the radio. But he’s alive and well, thanks to an unknown stranger, and now he’s hoping to take everyone back to his new spot, to start over.

Of course, Alicia is rather perturbed to find out that Morgan is willing to trade Dakota in for his benefit, and it was him that had killed the convoy of Rangers at the start of the episode. I mean, in this world, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 7 recap: Whatever it takes

Completely taken aback at what Morgan had turned into (I don’t mind it, to be honest), Alicia refused to hand Dakota over to him and decided to hightail it out of there. Conveniently, Morgan has a change of heart and insists that he just wants them all to be together again, and it’s why he’s doing all of this in the first place.

Normally, I’d say she could trust Morgan, but given his behavior lately, I think he’s just trying to get her on board, only to do what he had always wanted later. On their way out, Strand shows up, and things get a bit heated between old friends. Guns are out, emotions are high, and it all feels very weird.

Eventually, Strand lets them go but reports back immediately to Virginia about everything that took place. Come on, Strand, you’re better than this!

The mid-season finale ends with the reveal that Virginia has captured a very pregnant Grace (Karen David). If Morgan wants to play ball, she’s ready for it in the best way possible.

What are your thoughts on the season 6 mid-season finale episode of Fear the Walking Dead? Let us know in the comments!