Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3 Review: Humbug's Gulch

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Dwight's entrance could have been handled much better on Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3

The overarching theme of Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 has been about redemption, so it was the perfect time to introduce wight into the narrative. 

Austin Amelio's character was lost in the shuffle on The Walking Dead, but if "Humbug's Gulch" is to be believed, then Dwight's storyline is simply boring. 

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It's not surprising that he's still searching for Sherry, but there was so much emphasis on that particular strand that it was more tedious than entertaining. 

Dwight loved Sherry on the parent series, but his entrance would have worked much better if the Sherry drama concluded off-screen during the year he's been searching following The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 16

Luciana: We're getting closer. The roadblocks. They're starting to form a perimeter.
John: Well, the sooner we tie a bow around this, the sooner we figure out where to head in.

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John Dorie was simply annoying during this highly publicized installment.

I respect that he wanted to see the good in Dwight, but this could have easily paved the way for John or June to die. 

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Dwight double-crossed them on several occasions, and it's hard to imagine that anyone in the post-apocalyptic world would want to help someone like that out. 

Both John and June were driven by the fact that they found each other in this horror-filled world, but when does lightning ever strike twice? 

John Dorie Parties Like He's in the Wild West - Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3

Hope probably keeps everyone going when the world is over, but I can't shake the feeling that all of this felt too forced. 

The show going full western during those scenes was appreciated.

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It was certainly different, and John fit well into that world.

John: These kind of warnings, there's some serious people on the other side.
June: We're serious people.
John: I know how these things work.
The longer we go without finding out, our chances of finding out get less and less. And that were before. I'll take this one.

The reunion between Morgan and Dwight was another strong point during this sub-par installment. 

Morgan's New Friend - Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3

Dwight thought he had found this new group of people so that he didn't need to travel the world alone.

It could have been taken away from him if Morgan spilled everything about Dwight's association with the Saviors. 

Morgan isn't the kind of man to admonish someone for the past.

He made mistakes himself, and is on a more positive path than he was while he was hanging with the likes of Rick. 

Amelio killed it during that particular scene.

Walking Over Dead Walkers - Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3

In the grand scheme of things, if the show doesn't keep the focus on his search for Sherry, Dwight could be a good addition because he knows more about this new locale than our heroes. 

The mystery and intrigue of this new place, however, is starting to wear thin.

There was a convincing hook on Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 1 when Althea was kidnapped. 

June: What the hell was that?
John: Serious people.
June: We can outrun them.
John: They took our weapons. We're not going to get far with what we got. We need more firepower.

However, given that there's an Andrew Lincoln-fronted trilogy of movies headed to AMC, and they will lift the lid on the people who saved him and Jadis, I'm not holding my breath for the truth about Althea's whereabouts to come out during Fear the Walking Dead Season 5. 

The show has always had issues with consistency, but the one thing the show is doing better than previous seasons is honoring the past.

Alicia Wants Answers - Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3

At many points during Fear the Walking Dead Season 4, I couldn't believe the way some of the character development was brushed under the rug to serve the plot. 

The only thing I want to know right now is what the eff those three kids are up to.

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Something has to bidden beyond the string of walkers that the kids don't want them to find. 

June: What?
John: Our luck just turned again.

Using Dylan as bait was a stroke of genius.

Walking Over Dead Walkers - Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3

Who is going to suspect a young child is going to lead our heroes on a wild goose chase before trying to kill them?

In all honesty, it's likely that Alicia will start to unravel what's going on before it's too late, and find a way to talk some sense into Dylan before any big characters get wiped out. 

The final scene with Max and Annie tying the walkers up came out of nowhere, but it like I said about Dylan, nobody is going to suspect the kids are behind any of this immediately;

It would be quite the surprise if they were trying to hide some sort of base where they took Althea, but that's unlikely. 

She's Back - Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3

Hopefully, the show course corrects with Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 4.

Time will tell. 

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Humbug's Gulch Review

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3 Quotes

John: These kind of warnings, there's some serious people on the other side.
June: We're serious people.
John: I know how these things work.
The longer we go without finding out, our chances of finding out get less and less. And that were before. I'll take this one.

Luciana: We're getting closer. The roadblocks. They're starting to form a perimeter.
John: Well, the sooner we tie a bow around this, the sooner we figure out where to head in.