In the latest jaw-dropping episode of Fear the Walking Dead, titled “In Dreams,” all viewers were given to a surprising glimpse into a possible future for Morgan’s group. The show takes us a leap 16 years ahead, presenting a world that feels almost dreamlike.
In the episode, the story unfolds as Grace, played by Karen David, wakes up in a world where time has passed dramatically. In this surreal dreamscape, she encounters her 16-year-old daughter, Athena, played by Sahana Srinivasan, who makes entry to rescue her from a pack of walkers. What follows become the survivors we’ve come to know and love.
Also, there is a heartwarming twist that reveals a flourishing dam community led by none other than Morgan Jones, played by Lennie James. However, the catch is that Morgan doesn’t recognize Grace, despite there was close bond they developed in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. The narrative takes a U-turn when Grace learns that she died during childbirth, an event that paradoxically brought together the fractured survivor family that had been divided by the formidable Virginia.
Athena and Morgan guide Grace through this post-apocalyptic utopia, introducing her to familiar faces who have aged gracefully. Dr. June Dorie, played by Jenna Elfman, is there and she is practicing medicine, with a grown-up Charlie (Mary Katherine Duhon) as her assistant. The once-blood-stained ax of Morgan, a symbol of his vow to end violence, now stands rusted outside the wall of the dam.
The ensemble cast includes an aged but friendly Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades), still a barber, and the resolved feud between Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) and ex-enemy ex-Ranger. Dwight and Sherry, the strange couple, have reunited and are raising their two children, named after late characters John Dorie and Sherry’s sister Tina.
But what about those who are absent from this idyllic picture? Alicia, Luciana, and Wes are in different places altogether. According to Morgan, Alicia is running her own place, fixing a burnt-out stadium, and living there with her mother. Luciana and Wes joined her in this new venture.
Althea, played by Maggie Grace, is notably absent, with Morgan explaining that she left a while ago, supposedly on a mission to chase a story. This prompts speculation about her pursuit of CRM soldier Isabelle.
Morgan wraps up the heartwarming tale by explaining that the group came together when they were going to die and they were saved by Teddy and his underground cult. Athena played a pivotal role in uniting the survivors, making Grace wish she had lived long enough to witness this harmony.
However, the bittersweet truth prevails. This imagined future, filled with hope and unity, will remain confined to the realm of dreams. The episode’s namesake song, “In Dreams” by Roy Orbison, aptly puts it, “It’s too bad that all these things can only happen in my dreams, only in dreams, in beautiful dreams.” The episode leaves viewers with mixed emotions, marveling at what could have been while accepting the harsh reality of the apocalyptic world.