Spoilers below for anyone who hasn't yet watched the Season 6 finale of Fear the Walking Dead, so be warned!
Even though fans have known for weeks that Fear the Walking Dead was gearing up for a potentially nuclear ending for Season 6, thanks to the deadly machinations of Teddy's "End Is the Beginning" cult, I still wasn't fully prepared for the finale to actually GO THERE. Only one of the missiles actually deployed, which is a depressing silver lining, but the one that did was equipped with ten warheads, and viewers saw some of the literally groundbreaking destruction that was caused by those that detonated. And we didn't even see all of the explosions, so Season 7 could definitely bring the boom when it starts up later this year.
CinemaBlend spoke with Fear the Walking Dead executive producer Michael Satrazemis, who directed the finale, titled "The Beginning," as well as the devastating installment "In Dreams" and others. We obviously talked about the nuclear catastrophe that capped things off, as well as two of the big 100% confirmed deaths that went down, so without any further ado, let's dive into this deadly dust storm.
How Fear The Walking Dead Went Totally Nuclear
To be expected, perhaps, Michael Satrazemis was held in disbelief for a while after learning where showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg wanted to take Teddy's storyline, and he continued to question the reality of the situation as it all came together. In his words:
With up to ten different warheads going off in up to ten different places, that meant a lot of thought had to go into where each and every main character would be during the explosions, and what their proximity would be to all of the detonations. Considering not everyone was lucky enough to end up in a nuclear bunker, distance is definitely a key factor in this outcome, and Michael Satrazemis said the creative team definitely did their homework to try and keep things as realistic as possible.
The relatively quiet and somber way "The Beginning" handled its catastrophic climax made the explosions all the more disturbing and doom-laden, as opposed to a more kinetic and pulse-pounding resolution. It instantly reminded me of the childhood nightmares I had after watching the nuked-out dream sequence in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and when I brought that up to Michael Satrazemis, he laughed and said that scene was definitely part of the inspiration for Fear's finale sequence.
Even after watching the episode a couple of times, I'm still shocked that Fear the Walking Dead raised the nuclear bar with its Season 6 finale, which is going to make the wait for Season 7 all the more patience-testing. Not that everyone's eventual fate is in question by the end of the episode.
Fear The Walking Dead Killed Off Dakota And Teddy
While all of Fear the Walking Dead's main protagonists made it through the finale safely enough - seemingly defying the poster-centric theory that pointed to Dwight's possible death - Zoe Colletti's allegiance-flipping Dakota and John Glover's murderous cult leader Teddy were not part of that lucky group. It would have been interesting if the show had spent more time with Dakota as Teddy's protégé, but that might have turned her into too much of a straightforward villain, rather than just someone completely broken and ruined by the apocalypse. And so their story ended together, with Dakota putting an end to Teddy's lies after realizing he was just leading taking advantage of her fleeting loyalty, and then succumbing to the nearest explosion.
Here's what Michael Satrazemis had to say about Fear the Walking Dead's latest fatalities:
Truths. While Dakota probably could have made a quick attempt at salvation by scrambling into the underground shelter, she appeared to have reached her limit with life's disappointments. Thus, there was something vaguely poetic about the character taking her horrific demise head-on, as much as I would have probably enjoyed seeing Jenna Elfman's June getting further revenge for the death of Garret Dillahunt's Dorie Jr. Or even seeing Keith Carradine's John Dorie Sr. taking Dakota out for being the one to kill his lifelong nemesis.
Below, Michael Satrazemis speaks to what her killing Teddy does for the character, and showers more praise on Zoe Colletti for handling Dakota's "high-speed arc" in Season 6 as well as she did.
And now begins the wait for Season 7 to arrive on AMC, though be sure and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more exclusives from Fear the Walking Dead's Season 6 finale, and definitely stay current with all the new and upcoming shows hitting the 2021 Summer TV schedule.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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