Critic Consensus: In the penultimate episode of Fear the Walking Dead's first season, "Cobalt" injects new life into its sequestered group of survivors with an intriguing new character.

Episode Info

The National Guard's plan for the neighborhood and its residents is revealed, forcing Travis and Madison to make a difficult decision.


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 Cobalt

Cobalt means the time for optimism is over, and the time for panic is now. And THAT may be the best option for this show going forward.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

The stakes are high, and the "enemy" is neither just a bunch of zombies or a a handful of evildoers but an institution that was created to protect you but now believes you're a lost cause.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

There were some nice, dark Daniel moments here, but there were too many puzzle pieces missing.

Sep 28, 2015 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

After its weakest episode to date, it appeared "Fear the Walking Dead" had flatlined. Now, with its best episode, "Cobalt," the series appears to be back from the dead.

Sep 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

We know them a lot better than we knew the cast of the original at this point; they should be at least as fascinating. But they're not.

Nov 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Well, we're five episodes in, one episode away from the end of this first season, and we finally meet our first breakout character of the series.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Rubén Blades has quickly risen to be the MVP of the series so far.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

The question that had interested/nagged me a bit over Fear The Walking Dead's first few episodes was answered tonight, in a couple of interesting, insightful ways.

Sep 28, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Titled "Cobalt," the episode was an anxious, nervy hour that resisted overwrought obviousness - the Achilles' heel of The Walking Dead - in favor of shaded musings on the moral relativism of the survival instinct.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

The exhaustively blunt nature of Fear the Walking Dead's dialogue feels relatively out of place given that characters are supposedly still deciding what post-zombie life is going to be like.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…