In the Season 4 premiere of Fear The Walking Dead, a lone traveler’s wearying journey is interrupted by new acquaintances, some who become friend, others who become foe.
Fear The Walking Dead Season 4 Premiere, Episode 1 Viewing Details
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 10:10 P.M. EST
Episode Title: “What’s Your Story?”
TV Channel: AMC
Run, Morgan, Run!
We open the new season with a flash-forward of Morgan stumbling upon a man named John, a loner with a gun out in the woods. Back to present time, Morgan has currently taken up residence in the vacant heap-ster community (assuming Jadis/Anne has joined Rick), having the occasional surprise visitor: Jesus, Carol, and Rick who implore him to return to the group of people he fought to protect. Rick tells him, “You can hide, but you can’t run.” I’m gonna go out on a limb here and says he makes a run for it.
After a significant amount of running, we catch up where we began in the woods where Morgan meets John. John Dorie is about as alone as a man can be, talking into nothing but air. There’s a certain parallel of caution to when people encountered Morgan on his own back in The Walking Dead. John offers his truck to Morgan to spend the night in, an offer I’d think Morgan regrets not taking as he walks away, he almost immediately gets knocked in the head by another new friend.
I Like New People
John comes right to the rescue of these men who’ve captured Morgan in their camp. While the guys try to shake down Morgan and John for what they have, a woman named Althea rolls up in a big truck with some big guns to scoop up the two strays. She didn’t do it out of the goodness of her heart though, she needs something from them just like everyone else does in this world. People are the new commodity and she’s documenting the stories of those she meets along her way. John just wants to get back to his truck and Morgan wants to get the hell away from everyone.
Althea hears John’s story about how he badly wants to reconnect with the woman he loves. He’s a sweet simple guy just looking for a break it seems. Morgan is not as pleasant and the last thing he feels like doing is spilling his heart out to a stranger. Before any of the three get to part ways, the grungy men from the camp that took Morgan are back. I don’t know how far Morgan ran or what state this is, but when I find out I’m making a note never to visit.
Don’t Touch His Stick
Anyone who knows Morgan Jones knows better than to try to take away his stick. These dudes messed with the wrong lunatic! John frees some walkers to distract them while Althea plays keep away with her armored truck keys. Morgan takes a bullet in the leg, but that doesn’t stop him from going full Spider-Man roof hopping to take out the shooter above them. The trio inadvertently save each others lives.
This is enough for Morgan to open up a bit and allow Althea to record his story. He tells her about how he went from Atlanta to Virginia and the settlements were safe places… until a war broke out. Despite them winning, it wasn’t enough for him to physically stay, his mind was already gone. Althea asks him to tell her one real thing, Morgan grabs his gear and looks into her camera, “I lose people, and then I lose myself.” They don’t stop him from leaving this time.
A wounded Morgan is cornered by walkers in the road when his new pal John comes to his rescue. The two guys head back to meet Althea, Morgan says only until his leg heals up. The trio seems to get along pretty well given what we know about stranger danger in this show. Then it all goes south. It seems their good hearted nature gets the better of them when they see someone in the road and agree the intention is not to harm, but decide to check and see. Surprise, it’s the Clark family!