Critic Consensus: Mid-season finale "Shiva" shakes up Fear the Walking Dead, tossing relationships into a scary and unique new climate while setting the stage for a biting cliffhanger.
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Critic reviews for Shiva
Given the option to choose the most likely scenarios to keep viewers anxiously awaiting its return, the show runners took the opposite approach.
It's clear the intent of the finale was to shake things up and to inject a spark of conflict into the drama, but maybe the transparency of that intent is why it felt so perfunctory.
Whatever the reason, this hour was scary and creepy in a much different way than TWD, and it was enjoyable.
As respectable as those improvements are, as solid as Fear now is, efforts like "Shiva" remind us that the show's growth spurt isn't over yet-and neither are its growing pains.
"Shiva" is a collection of interesting ideas in need of better execution, but its central conceit is strong: How does a family unit survive such a profound, life-threatening crisis?
This more humane philosophy has been framed by Nick's experiences as a drug addict. As he tells Madison in last season's finale, he feels as if the rest of the world is finally catching up to his own troubled, tumultuous existence.
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