Addy and Mack headlined this episode. Unfortunately, that made for one of the weakest hours this show has had. For one we were constrained to only two of our characters. And Mack had the majority of the time even within that. At this point, the characters are best when they are in a group and can play off each other. Mack and Addy were essentially tasked with being compelling enough for an entire hour. However, they weren’t eve given a story that could hold up the tension. Instead Mack had a showdown with a big man zombie who seemed to be Mack’s protagonist the entire episode. It ended up feeling like a filler episode that didn’t progress the plot much.
Mack was literally forced into a position where he was facing these repeated dreams of facing off with a big zombie linger the area they were camping. He’s seen this happen twice before he fesses up to Addy about what he’s been seeing. However when he finally wakes up, he goes through the beats of his dream with Addy by his side and not a single thing he knew to be true in the dream happened. Again and again it happened, desensitizing Mack from the event’s of his dream. it had happened so many times that he was sure that it wasn’t real again.
However as the dreams progressed and we realized that he was fighting through his fears, we came to learn about Mack is first night. The dram he was dealing with was a manifestation of his first. The big zombie was an enemy that both of them had to face. For Addy it was killing her first person, for killing her mother. For the second week in a row we dealt with an episode heavily focused on a fake out. We were led to believe that it was Mack having these dreams. However all along it was Addy as she came to terms with what actually happened that first night. This twist executed much better as I didn’t see the twist coming a mile away. More importantly it gave us some well needed characterization and background for Addy.
On the emotional front was where the story was the best. Addy and Mack have been together for a few years now. After meeting on the first night of the outbreak, they’ve been together since then. They care about each other, but they acknowledge that they don’t really know each other that well. So they declared that they needed to have their first date. Preferably it’d be a date where there was no killing.
What did you think of the episode?