[WARNING: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for Fear The Walking Dead Season 7 episode 13, “The Raft.”]
Not much happens in “The Raft” until the last few minutes, when everything happens at once.
The majority of the episode revolves around Dwight (Austin Amelio) and Sherry (Christine Evangelista) trying to keep baby Mo from the Strand rangers (Colman Domingo) while Morgan (Lennie James), whom they conveniently meet on the road, try to get rid of all walkers in the moat of the Strand. Yes, they all started following him after he left the tower. Dorie Sr.’s (Keith Carradine) noble sacrifice didn’t mean much in the end, and Morgan sure could have stabbed him or something so he didn’t have an excruciatingly painful death. Shame.
The episode begins with Sherry opening a raft on a mysterious beach, so viewers are tricked into thinking she was preparing to flee. This belief is reinforced by the fact that she pointedly avoids talking about where she was and what she was doing when Dwight asks. But when Dwight finds cards in her bags, he knows she’s thinking of leaving. She says it wasn’t for her… she wants him to go on the raft because she fears the conflict with Strand will “turn him back into the person he doesn’t want to be”.
After meeting Morgan and being entrusted with baby Mo, Dwight and Sherry encounter rangers – Wes (Colby Hollman) leads them – and they must fight their way out. They do, but they’re still being chased, so they keep running. Oh, and added complication: no one can return to the sub for safety reasons, because suddenly there is a radiation leak. As they continue, Sherry admits that she’s so worried about the war and its effect on Dwight because…drum roll, please…she’s pregnant. Or, at least, she thinks she is.
While all of this is going on, Morgan works to keep the walkers away from Strand, while the Strand rangers try to snatch them away from him. He meets Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) on the way and says they have to attack the tower that night, while the walkers are gone. but there is a problem: do you remember the crater of Arno which was filled with walkers? Someone took these walkers, and now there’s a ramp over there, and they can’t put the walkers in there or they’ll just go up. Where are they going to store hundreds and hundreds of undead? In Alicia’s (former) bunker, there it is!
Dwight and Sherry trip over a chair in the bunker as they try to stay away from the rangers, and they realize they can lead the walkers into the bunker and out through the tunnels. So that’s exactly what they do – Morgan and Alicia lead the walkers into the bunker, Dwight and Sherry exit through the tunnels, and the rangers following them all die except for Wes, who seems destined for an end. macabre in the next episode. Sherry and Dwight also looked at the pregnancy test Sherry took and determined that she was indeed pregnant, which seems to end up dooming one of them.
After their successful mission, Morgan comes to the conclusion that he must do what Grace (Karen David) told him to do. He has to take Mo and get him as far away as possible. Sherry says she knows what can help, and she takes her and all the rest of the fighting forces to the beach to see Morgan off. After a few encouraging words to Alicia, he paddles into the radioactive sunset – permanently? Temporarily? We don’t know – and Alicia begins to lead their forces to the tower.
- I have a feeling Dwight or Sherry won’t make it out of Season 7, solely on the basis that pregnancy is a deadly curse for couples on these shows.
- I also have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll see of Morgan, given that the season finale episode description mentions him…and a “new ally” who could be Madison. (I’m going to be so disappointed if we have to wait until the finale to see her, though.)
- This episode was… good. I found June and John Jr. more convincing Fear couple than Dwight and Sherry, who I wish they would stop arguing with and constantly calling each other by their nicknames. I also wish Mo wasn’t crying in the background of so many scenes – TWD didn’t do that with Judith.
- Alicia leads, finally! With Morgan gone, it will be exciting to watch her handle things her way. This is exactly what many fans have been clamoring for, and it will be interesting to see how it all pans out.
- Rating: 2.5/5. A decent episode that is undoubtedly meant to set up bigger, more intense storylines in 7×14 and for the rest of the season.
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