|Fear the Walking Dead episode|
|Directed by||Courtney Hunt|
|Written by||Wes Brown|
|Original air date||July 2, 2017|
|Running time||43 minutes|
Troy's patrol return with news of Walker's ultimatum; that night bonfires ring Broke Jaw, unnerving the sheltered people. Gretchen's family leaves despite Troy's threatening efforts to keep them for security measures. Madison sides with Troy and urges Jeremiah to keep his community together. Jake journeys to Black Hat to negotiate peace terms with Walker. Madison, Nick and Jeremiah later find Gretchen and her family murdered and turned; they all realize Troy was responsible but Madison informs the community that Walker did it to prepare them for the upcoming conflict. Alicia buys their story and runs after Jake to warn him.
Matt Fowler of IGN gave "Red Dirt" a 7.8/10.0 rating, stating; "Fear the Walking Dead may be suffering a little from the slight inertia of delivering a solely ranch-centric episode, but it's still burning through story at a decent pace. It's a good mix, and this chapter basically jumped us forward in a big way regarding Madison's rise to the role of de facto leader - with her pulling Troy's strings and each of her kids now also paired up with an Otto. She's going to trick people into fighting for this land for their own good. Because she knows that there's worse out there."
- Fowler, Matt (2017-07-02). "Fear the Walking Dead: "Red Dirt" Review" (in en-US). https://www.ign.com/articles/2017/07/03/fear-the-walking-dead-red-dirt-review.
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- Welch, Alex (July 5, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and ‘Power’ dip". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/sunday-cable-ratings-july-2-2017/. Retrieved July 6, 2017.