Critic Consensus: "Not Fade Away" presents an overall gripping look at a society staring into the abyss, even if it would benefit from characters with greater depth.

Episode Info

Madison and Travis witness different sides of the National Guard's occupation of their neighborhood.


Kim Dickens
as Madison Clark
Cliff Curtis
as Travis Manawa
Frank Dillane
as Nick Clark
Alycia Debnam-Carey
as Alicia Clark
Lorenzo James Henrie
as Christopher Manawa
Ruben Blades
as Daniel Salazar
Mercedes Masohn
as Ofelia Salazar
Mercedes Mason
as Ofelia Salazar
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Critic Reviews for Not Fade Away

Luckily, at episode's end the stakes become far more personal and therefore more immediately urgent for our main characters.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

I really, really like what Fear the Walking Dead is doing. I was a bit hesitant to declare that love in the first two episodes, but "The Dog" and now "Not Fade Away" have sold me on whatever this show's long-term goal is.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm not sure the presence of the military or hints of a larger botched response to the outbreak made this a necessarily GOOD episode of TV, but there were enough intriguing moments in the mix to appreciate "Not Fade Away" more than the last two episodes.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

While the characters have been at times infuriatingly frustrating early on, there may just yet be some hope for them after all.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It's a shame that after building momentum well throughout the opening three installments, the story loses steam in the fourth.

Nov 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Kirkman's one-dimensional characters present a particularly aggravating problem with tonight's episode, since "Not Fade Away" inevitably needs us to root against Lieutenant Moyers (Jamie McShane) and his brusque fellow military men.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

This is a well-done bit of storytelling that lays out life inside the fence, and plays off the fears of what lies outside the fence. Because of that, when the dramatic payoff comes at episode's end, it's gripping.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Not Fade Away suggests that the show might be able to honor its literary ambitions and its audience expectations at the same time.

Sep 24, 2015 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

There were some strong moments... Still, we're two thirds of the way through the season now and it still feels as if Fear hasn't quite found its voice.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Sunday's episode didn't give us hordes of walking corpses or fights to the death with walkers. It gave us the cliffhanger the show desperately needed.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…