Time is up for our heroes on Fear the Walking Dead. In “Leave What You Don’t,” the group tries to fight off Logan (Matt Frewer) at the oil field. Will he take what he needs? Or can the group talk him into changing his ways?
Take What You Need…
Logan wasn’t always bad. In fact, he and Polar Bear worked together to set out the boxes and he came up with the phrase, “Take What You Need, Leave What You Don’t.” One day he got a call from a woman named Serena. She is stuck at one of his truck stops and surrounded by walkers. Logan tries to call Polar Bear to help because he’s too far away, but Polar Bear never answered.
Logan tried to make it to Serena but ran out of gas. Logan gets out of his truck and starts running. He heard Serena die over the radio. When Logan made it to the truck stop, she was already dead. He killed the walkers who fed on her body.
Logan was upset by her passing. He went outside to get some air and saw four horsemen riding towards him. Their spokesperson, Virginia (Colbie Minifie) says she’s been watching him and she wants to help. They want the same thing he does, but bigger and better. She says together, they can get from yesterday to tomorrow. Logan listens intently.
Tank Town is actually an oil refinery inside of a quarry. Dylan (Cooper Dodson), Max (Ethan Seuss), and Annie (Bailey Gavulic) are there, helping to keep the refinery running. Luciana (Danay Garcia) and Wendell (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell) have been in charge, but Wendell is itching to get back on the road with Sarah (Mo Collins). At the moment, they have more gas than they can store. Sarah is due back the next day, so imagine their surprise when they hear a rig pull up. Wendell knows it’s not Sarah. Logan gets out of his rig and is all smug about finding the place. He says he’s there to take what he needs. And he needs everything.
Call for Help
Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) is on some kind of art kick and is running around with Strand (Colman Domingo) painting trees. Strand is concerned about the battery life on the walkie because they are almost out of gas. Alicia left the radio on in case Wes (Colby Holman) reaches out to them, but Strand thinks they won’t see him again.
Someone does reach out. A girl (Holly Curran) at one of Polar Bear’s truck stops on the highway. Alicia calls out to John (Garret Dillahunt) and June (Jenna Elfman) to help, but they are on their way to the oil fields. Everyone pretty much assumes Logan found the field. No one can reach
Daniel (Rubén Blades), Grace (Karen David), Morgan (Lennie James) or Al (Maggie Grace). Charlie (Alexa Nisenson) and Jacob (Peter Jacobson) are with the convoy. That just leaves Sarah and Dwight (Austin Amelio) to go to the oil fields as well. So it’s up to Strand and Alicia to help the girl. Strand thinks it a trap but what if it’s not.
Logan’s First Move
Logan and his people were able to find the place after watching all of the footage from Al’s tapes. Someone slipped up and recorded the location of the oil field. Luciana asks why he’s doing this to them. He’s helping people but not in a way that any of them will like. He keeps saying it bigger.
His people find Polar Bear’s notebooks, but there’s nothing in there about how to turn the oil to gas. Logan asks Luciana to do it for him and she refuses. No worries, Logan has a guy who knows how. He calls Rollie (Cory Hart) to find out how close he is to the field. Rollie is close but ran into a roadblock. Surprise! The roadblock is Sarah and Dwight.
Sarah and Dwight plan to take Rollie’s truck to the oil field to get past Logan’s people. Rollie says he won’t help. Sarah tells him that she can’t live with killing Polar Bear, but she won’t mind killing him. There is a group of walkers headed toward them, so Rollie has no choice but to go with her.
Logan’s people try to start up production while they wait for Rollie to get there. Luciana can see that they are doing more harm than good. She tries to tell Logan to make them stop, but he doesn’t want to listen. Rollie’s truck shows up and Logan isn’t too happy to see Sarah and Dwight. To make matters worse, John is on a ridge sniping at the walkers on the production line.
Logan isn’t worried though. He knows they won’t kill him. Sarah tries to reason with Logan, telling him to leave. She tells him to stop what he’s doing before he can’t come back from it. This is Sarah’s lesson. She feels responsible for his death and regrets what she did to him. The most reasonable thing Logan can do is to let Annie, Max, and Dylan go, only if the adults get the gas production going. Sarah and Luciana send them to the convoy at the rendezvous point.
Luciana gets the gas production going, but the oil tank is getting too hot. She warns Logan, but he doesn’t want to listen. Wendell and Sarah want to know why he’s in a hurry and who the gas is for. He tries to avoid the question by saying the gas will help people. He thinks their way of helping people, one by one is a waste of time.
The girl on the radio asks how close they are and Alicia assures her that they are on their way. She asks for the girl’s name, but she says it isn’t safe to tell her on the radio. The expected happens when their truck runs out of gas. They are about 7 miles away, so Strand and Alicia get out and start running toward the gas station.
At the same time, Logan tells Sarah and Wendell about not being able to help Serena at the gas station. He blames them for her death. If they hadn’t stolen Polar Bear’s rig, they could have saved her. Logan says he is doing this because of what they did. If they really want to help, they should just leave. He says nothing they do will change or make up for the past.
June interrupts to let them know that walkers are headed their way and they should get out of the quarry. The smoke from the tank is too big and producing a lot of smoke and attracting walkers. John tries to help by shooting as many walkers as he can, but he’s running out of bullets. Someone tells Luciana to kill the fire, but it’s running too hot. Logan took all of the weapons, so only his people have guns. Chaos ensues as the smoke fills up the quarry, making it hard for anyone to see what’s going on.
Logan tries to keep production going, saying he has a contract to fill. His people bail on him, leaving him behind to fight off walkers. Sarah, Dwight, Wendell, and Luciana discuss what they should do. They need gas, but they also need to be alive to help people. Dwight suggests they take the tanker that’s already filled with gas. Sounds like a plan, but Sarah’s guilty conscious won’t let her leave Logan behind. She tells Wendell to leave without her if they have too Everyone gets in the truck. Sarah grabs Logan and pulls him to safety.
Alicia and Strand are still running toward the gas station…seven miles is far y’all. The girl radios in to find out how close they are, but her walkie is about to die. Alicia tells her to get on the CB radio that is equipped at every truck stop.
Logan is annoyed with Sarah for saving him. He thinks they are too soft because, for everyone they help, no one is going to help them. They are interrupted by the girl at the truck stop on the CB. Logan realizes she is at the same truck stop where he lost Serena. He gets upset and says it’s unfair to give the girl hope that they can’t deliver on.
Logan starts talking to her, says he knows where she is. He leads her to a gun that he left there. Everyone with a radio can hear them talking. She finds the gun, but there is only one bullet. Logan apologizes. The girl is surrounded by walkers and they will break down the door. The girl gets it and says it’s okay. She thinks it might be better to use the bullet on herself.
People Are People
Meanwhile, John and June continue to kill walkers. Annie returns with Jacob and Tess (Peggy Schott). Jacob brought a gun and is going to help John get rid of the dead in the quarry. Everyone else is listening to the walkers break down the door at the gas station. The growls get louder and they hear one gunshot. They all assume the girl is dead until they hear several more gunshots and a man’s voice.
Sarah gets on the walkie and asks who he is. It’s Wes. He heard Alicia on the radio. She helped him so he wanted to pay it forward. Sarah looks at Logan and apologizes for what happened before. She says that’s no reason to throw it all away. They help people and those people help people. And that’s bigger than anything.
The Phoenix Rises
The morning comes and Alicia and Strand finally make it to the gas station. They meet the girl they’ve been helping and reunite with Wes. He says he likes Alicia’s phoenix on the trees. Strand asks why he came back. People are people, right? Wes says sometimes they’re not. The girl, who still hasn’t said what her name is, warns everyone that people are looking for her. She ran away from where she was staying because it’s not a good place. Alicia says she’s with them now and those people won’t bother her anymore.
Jacob, June, and John clear the quarry of walkers. Logan and Sarah emerge from the trailer and reunite with Luciana, Wendell, and Dwight. Logan’s people emerge too, with their guns drawn. He tells them to put their guns away, but they are upset. Logan promised them the oil and now it appears he’s backing off. He says it can still be the promised land, but they have to put the guns away. They lower their guns, reluctantly. Logan starts talking, saying there might be a way to continue Polar Bear’s vision if they work together. Then someone shoots him in the head. They shoot all of Logan’s people in the head.
Leave What You Don’t
John and June look up and see riders on the ridge with guns. More people ride through the entrance with Virginia leading them. She brought a lot of gunmen with her too. She says she had to kill Logan because he became a liability and couldn’t be trusted. But everyone knew that. She knows who they are, what they’ve been doing and she likes it, but they are thinking too small.
Virginia offers to give them Logan’s deal to produce the gas for them. No one trusts her, especially since she killed all these people in front of them. Virginia admits their methods are ruthless, but at least there will be people to look back on what they did. June and Sarah decline the deal for the group. The tell her to make the gas herself.
Virginia says the only other options to get rid of anything that is not essential to them. So if they won’t work for her, they aren’t essential. She raises her hand and all of her people raise their guns. John, June, and Luciana raise their guns, pointed at Virginia. They stare at each other for like a whole minute.
Luciana is the first to give in. She asks Virginia to let her friends go with a tanker of gas. In exchange, she will stay and make the gas for them. Sarah and John try to talk her out of it, but it’s the only way she can keep everyone alive. Virginia agrees and offers to her hospitality to the group, should they change their mind. Sarah and the group take the tanker and a couple of cars. They leave as Luciana watches them go.
This was really the most intense episode of Fear the Walking Dead, this entire season. And we knew it would be. The final confrontation always is…I just didn’t think this would be the final confrontation with Logan. I’m kind of mad that he’s dead. All of that stress in these last four episodes, only for Logan to die. What a waste.
From one villain to the next…with the most annoying leader. I’m not a big fan of pioneers, but there’s a lot we don’t know about Virginia. I have to trust the group on this one…even with all of their rookie mistakes, they sure do have a good eye for bad people. The addition of the new girl should give us some answers…she’s obviously from Virginia’s camp. Predictable…but compelling. Are we finally going to get to a good storyline this season?