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The National Guard's plan for the neighborhood is revealed; Travis and Madison make a difficult decision.


Kari Skogland


Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by), Tony Moore (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 4 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Dickens ... Madison Clark
Cliff Curtis ... Travis Manawa
Frank Dillane ... Nick Clark
Alycia Debnam-Carey ... Alicia Clark
Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Liza Ortiz
Mercedes Mason ... Ofelia Salazar
Lorenzo James Henrie ... Chris Manawa
Rubén Blades ... Daniel Salazar
Colman Domingo ... Victor Strand
Patricia Reyes Spíndola ... Griselda Salazar
Shawn Hatosy ... Andrew Adams
Sandrine Holt ... Bethany Exner
Jamie McShane ... Lt. Moyers
Jared Abrahamson ... CPL Cole
Shane Dean ... PFC Richards


Nick has a conversation with his cell mate Strand. Meanwhile Ofelia challenges the soldiers throwing objects at the fence asking where her mother is and Andrew Adams comes to take her home. Liza is working in the medical facility under the supervision of Dr. Exner and she learns that Griselda had to amputate her foot. Madison overhears a beat and she finds Daniel and Ofelia in the basement of their neighbor's house and Adams tied to a chair. When Madison and Ofelia leave the basement, Daniel tortures Adams to know where Griselda and Nick are. Meanwhile Travis meets Moyers and tells that he will face an insurrection in the community and Moyers asks Copro Castro to drive Travis to the medical facility. In their journey, they need to stop to fight against zombies that have trapped another National Guard team. Only Castro and a few man return and they drive Travis back to the safe zone. Meanwhile the Salvadorian Daniel recalls his life in El Salvador and tortures Adams. Soon he learns the... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The title "Cobalt" was supposed to be the title of this companion series. See more »


When holding Adams hostage, Daniel says "Ophelia is beautiful, kind and intelligent." However, when Adams replies, "Yes sir, she is," his mouth does not move. See more »


[first lines]
Victor Strand: [Victor Strand talks to the weeping Doug Thompson in the cage fences of the military base] Fire, earthquake, flood. You bought it all, didn't you? That's not a question. I'm not asking, I'm telling you. I look at a person like you and I know. You are a buyer. How do I know? Because I am a closer. I can sell anything, everything. Ask anyone. Except, uh, insurance.
Victor Strand: [Victor chuckles, leaning on his knee beside Doug] Can't stomach it. preying on people so weak, so frightened of the ...
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Fear the Walking Dead Main Title Theme
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Could it get worse?
30 April 2016 | by Tarx309See all my reviews

This episode once again proves that this is a downbeat, dull, poorly acted, and horribly written show. This is garbage in comparison to The Walking Dead. This show seems to be focusing entirely on the drama between the families. There's only one problem with this: none of it lands. Perhaps its because its very hard to feel any connection for these characters, but none of the drama in this episode (or any of them for that matter) actually worked (especially the interactions between the teenagers, which was immorally cringe- worthy). I didn't find any of this episode gripping, and the two leads were just awful. Madison was just moping around and redundant in this episode, and Travis was as dull and uninteresting as ever. It was all very slowly paced, although at least there was a glimmer of plot development in this episode (which is new), but barely anything, and it all happened very slowly. Not at all gripping.

It's laughable that this show bares almost no action, and in some ways this episode was no exception. There were hints of fights between soldiers and zombies going on, but the frustrating thing was that we only heard a couple of sounds as we were forced to stare at Travis looking scared for ages. The whole "cobalt" reveal was entirely unbelievable, and I had to try hard not to laugh at the idea of that when it was revealed. One scene between Chris and Alicia was kind of fun, yet seemed completely out of nowhere. The only redeeming feature of this episode (and the only reason it's not getting one star from me) is the plot involving Daniel Salazar, which was actually effective and entertaining for the most part. Presently he's the only character I care for, and thankfully this was his episode to shine in. Although asides from that, there was nothing to enjoy here.

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