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"Grotesque" periodically meanders, but it doesn't dim the tension of a key character's journey in the series' first solo arc episode.
It's hard to predict what this series is shambling toward-but thanks to Nick and the bizarre community he's found, and the potential lurking in the other two stories, it's probably worth sticking around to find out.
"Grotesque" was arguably the best the show has aired to date, and definitely the best of the season so far.
The mid-season premiere starts ambitiously, if rather slowly, with an episode that focuses almost entirely on Nick's journey on foot toward the cult.
With the way things ended with the mid-season finale, I didn't expect the show to go the route of a character centric episode for it's premiere with Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 8. And boy was it a smart move.
Nick's sojourn from Baja to Tijuana takes up the bulk of the episode, which affords him some respite from the family drama while also ratcheting up the tension.
"Things change so quickly now" The woman who began this episode wasn't just talking about her post-apocalyptic world. She went meta: it was hard not to feel like you'd missed something at the start of this season's second half.
Though "Grotesque" introduced us to a few new characters and brought us into a new community, it was really about spending some quality time with Nick and getting into his headspace a little more. And it worked.
Despite its Despite its faults, "Grotesque" offers enough reasons to be optimistic about the second half of Fear the Walking Dead season 2.
Of note: The flashback-filled hour revealed how close Nick and Gloria (R.I.P.) had been, in and out of rehab, and suggested that it was the sudden death of his father that had kept the addict from remaining clean and sober post-treatment.
Grotesque was a frustrating return to form for the worst of FTWD even with the focus on one of its best characters.