When AMC announced the title of its newest zombie-drama spinoff, much of the Internet responded, "Is that the best they could come up with?" But with the latest episode of "Fear The Walking Dead," we now have an explanation for the name, and it's a pretty good one.
In Season 5 of "The Walking Dead," Rick Grimes explains to his band of survivors that it's they, and not the walkers, who are the actual "walking dead." The scene, which re-framed the entire concept of the series for fans, echoed a similar revelation in the comic by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.
Although it wasn't quite as obvious as Rick's speech, the scene explaining where "Fear The Walking Dead" comes from is just as powerful. The writers played with the fact that most viewers have come to understand that it's not the zombies the title refers to, so when Daniel (Ruben Blades) relates to Madison (Kim Dickens) a horrific lesson from his youth -- that men do terrible things not because of evil, but because of fear -- it carries a meaning that goes beyond that exchange. The importance of Daniel's tale, both to the characters and the show's title, is further driven home by the events unfolding around them, as the U.S. military is ruling Los Angeles with an iron fist, allowing fear to override human rights in the name of keeping people "safe."
Check out Daniel's story, as well as Rick's speech, below.
The next episode of "Fear The Walking Dead" airs Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
"The Walking Dead" returns Sunday. Oct. 11, at 9 p.m..