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FEAR Season 1 Episode 4: Not Fade Away – Recap & Discussion

Not Fade Away

Well, there goes the neighborhood. In the span of a week, the military has built a fence enclosing Madison’s neighborhood and declared it a “safe zone.” (Good thing nothing bad has ever happened when the military takes over during the apocalypse). Despite this obvious façade of safety Travis seems to be the only one who considers them “the lucky ones,” (of COURSE you do, Travis). Meanwhile, Chris notices someone beyond the safe-zone reflecting light to him in (probably) Morse code. It appears LA is NOT completely evacuated (unless walkers are getting smarter). Despite this discovery, Travis AKA the human buzz-kill doesn’t believe Chris his findings.


A military commander updates the community about the 6-mile infected-free perimeter they’ve created in 9 days (are they measuring 9 days in dog years?). The commander has elected Travis the unofficial mayor the community and asks him to check out a neighbor, Doug, who’s been “acting strange.” Unfortunately, acting strange is code for being a wimp, not undead. Doug admits to Travis he doesn’t believe he can protect his family anymore and Travis tries to talk him out of it.


While Alicia breaks into Susan’s house (for what seems like the 38th time) to admire pictures and love letters, Liza decides to put her half-nursing degree to work to make house calls for the sick in the community. One of her patients is an elderly man named Hector, who Nick steals morphine from (Great to see him get his priorities straight).

(Side note: this episode was also full of romance. Ofelia began a relationship with a soldier, (who she’s basically using to get medicine for her mother), Travis and Madison made it steamy in a car, and Chris is saying God knows what in morse code to the person beyond the fence).


Doug the wimpy neighbor is now missing. Travis does some digging and finds Doug’s abandoned car by the fence, which he immediately reports to the military commander (who’s casually playing golf). The commander claims they found Doug last night crying and handled it. Travis also mentions Chris’ Morse code communications but he brushes it off. Liza returns to find her patient Hector also missing. A woman from the government named Dr. Exner tells Liza that Hector is getting the care he deserves.

Meanwhile, Madison experiments with the lights Chris spoke about and receives messages back. Determined to expose what’s outside the walls, she breaks out of the safe zone and journeys to the source of the lights. After walking past missing person signs, desolate streets, and corpses (who have been shot in the head, not turned), Madison spots a military patrol and ducks under a car next to a dead girl. Thankfully, she goes unnoticed when the patrol walks by. In search of answers Madison only gets more questions.


Dr. Exner convinces the Salazars that Griselda needs to get to the military infirmary for help (they’ve had an infirmary this whole time??) and Daniel vows to come along. She then questions Nick about his drug usage. It’s clear Liza trusts Dr. Exner and that Nick doesn’t.


After Madison tells Daniel what she saw past the walls, he recalls his own story about a traumatic event in his childhood. It involved a takeover in his community and finding dead soldiers while fishing. The point of his story was to illustrate the overreach of authority and the quickness of change. He even predicts, “If it happens, it will happen quickly,” (seriously WHERE is Tobias)? Daniel pleads with Madison to look after Ofelia if something happens to him and Griselda. Soon after, Madison discovers Nick scavenging through Hector’s house for drugs and beats him out of frustration. Things have changed, Madison’s changed, and she wishes Nick would change too.

Alicia finds out about Nick’s injury just in time for the military to arrive at the Clark’s house to take Griselda. They stop Daniel and say the only other name they have is Nick’s. Alicia looks at Nick and says, “Run.” As he darts out a solider pistol whips him in the face and takes him into the truck as Madison desperately calls after him.



Travis pleads with the military to let Nick stay but they refuse. Madison throws the blame on Liza, who decides to leave with Dr. Exner. Nothing went as planned and the families feel hopeless as tensions have hit their peak. As Alicia reads/narrates one of the letters she took from Susan’s, Travis sits on the same roof Chris was at in the beginning and begins to cry. As he gazes into the distance, he observes a light shining at him; Chris was right all along. Suddenly, gunfire replaces the light and the person trying to communicate with them has been gunned down by what we can only assume is the military. After informing the commander about the lights earlier, it appears they didn’t brush it off and Travis might have been directly responsible for it. The military isn’t here to help and everyone knows it. Now we wait to see what will happen next week.


Question time:
Will they ever find out who the person communicating with them was?
Where did Nick and Griselda actually get taken to?
Will they make it out of the safe zone alive?

Let us know in the comments below. See you next week!

  1. BASTET. September 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    This was a big ol’ deleted scene, right?

  2. Ricktatorship September 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Another good episode, in my opinion.
    I was seriously thinking that this “facility” that they were talking about was just an extermination camp where they were killing the weak until I saw the sneak peek for next week’s episode lol

  3. KingDead September 20, 2015 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Another great episode. Nick keeps pissing me off tho. I was hoping Madison slapped some sense into him and she did. That made me happy lol

  4. seanmathews1 September 21, 2015 at 3:57 am - Reply

    Soooo….. As a veteran and still serving… Walking Dead really needs to hire some military advisors. Seriously, I’d do it free. Or better yet, it costs nothing to look at a photo to verify accuracy.

    I guess to others its likely not a big deal, but to me, its the little things. The rank on the Soldier’s cover (hat) were basically the chest rank sewn on, one giant square. We don’t do that, instead using rank swen on with a much neater appearance. In lieu of that, we’ll use subdued pin on. In addition to that, no one had the name tape on the back of their cover which is another no-go. That’s the start.

    I realize its just a show. But, I take pride in our uniform and its display. And don’t get me started with the typical cliché’d military leader acting like a jerk. Or the fact its a 1LT acting like a MAJ. *sigh*

    But seriously. Plenty of veterans out there who would likely have been willing to volunteer service for free to ensure accuracy. No excuse in my opinion.

  5. Neutral-Grey September 21, 2015 at 7:18 am - Reply

    The more this shows goes, the more promise it holds. I love it. No strings attached, it’s free to go in any direction. I’m having fun with the direction it’s choosing.

  6. carlyyougoonie September 21, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

    So do we think Nick and Alicia’s dad was an addict too? I need to rewatch all the episodes so I can figure out where I am inferring that from, but it’s the impression I have.

  7. MandieBea September 21, 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

    After the ending, I thought the whole time the lights they were seeing were gunfire. That there wasn’t anyone over there doing morse code, it was just the building they take the weak ones to kill off. I want to see that scene again now so I can closely analyze.

  8. carlyyougoonie September 21, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

    So many exciting parts to this episode, I feel like I need to write my own recap to cover them all. I’ll spare you though!
    Do you guys think Liza jumped in that truck at the end because she wanted to help, or because she knew Madison was about to beat her like she was Nick??

  9. T_Will September 21, 2015 at 11:22 am - Reply

    I think Liza is going to go help nick, she feels bad for ratting him out and at least wants to go along and make sure this place is real since she had a hand in sending people there, cant have that riding on her why she stays back and does nothing. Loving the show!!!

  10. vexedshelly September 21, 2015 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Travis is so annoying, Mr. Sunshine and everything will be OK!
    Nick has the worst hair… he was just in the pool and still manages to look like a homeless man. And can’t he find better clothes?
    Worse, hard to believe a city can be “taken down” by zombies that move at a glacial pace. Anyone could outrun or outwalk the ones we have seen so far. They barely move. How are they attacking anyone? I’m starting to believe the National Guard is killing everyone.
    I like Madison, but she needs to expand her facial expressions to include normal ones, like shock, surprise, horror, etc. Not just “blank face”. (I know, it’s the botox.)

  11. jeanniejensen September 22, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

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