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"What's Your Story?"
Fear the Walking Dead episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 1
Directed by John Polson
Written by Scott M. Gimple
Andrew Chambliss
Ian Goldberg
Original air date April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)
Running time 49 minutes
Guest actors
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"What's Your Story?" is the first episode of the fourth season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series Fear the Walking Dead, which aired on AMC on April 15, 2018.

This episode marks the first appearance of Lennie James (Morgan Jones), in Fear the Walking Dead after his departure from The Walking Dead after the eighth season, making it the first crossover between the two shows. It also marks the first appearance of Garret Dillahunt (John Dorie) and Maggie Grace (Althea), as well as the return of Danay Garcia (Luciana Galvez) who had been absent from the show since "Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame", though she did make a cameo appearance in "Sleigh Ride" in a dream sequence. This episode marks the first and only appearance of Rick Grimes, Carol Peletier and Paul "Jesus" Rovia, characters from The Walking Dead.

Plot

In the cold open we see a lone man, John Dorie, reading a book until he hears a twig break. He asks if anyone's there and no one answers. As he goes back to reading his book, he hears a walker and immediately shoots it down, revealing Morgan Jones, who was about to kill it. John asks Morgan, "So, what's your story?"

Shortly after the war with the Saviors, Morgan Jones decides to isolate himself from everyone else, but after many attempts from Paul "Jesus" Rovia, Carol Peletier and Rick Grimes, Morgan leaves his community in Virginia, despite being urged to stay. As Morgan prepares to go further, he briefly considers staying but ultimately decides to run away, making his way to the Texas border, where he sees an injured man shivering in a car. Morgan leaves water and a towel, but the injured man refuses, telling Morgan that in this world they're always on their own. Morgan takes back the items and keeps walking.

Later that night, Morgan meets John Dorie, who offers him shelter for the night. With some reluctance, Morgan agrees to sleep the night in John's truck, but later that night he leaves and is captured by a man named Leland and a small group of survivors. John comes to save Morgan but is captured himself; they are saved by a woman named Althea, who drives a SWAT vehicle. Althea tells Morgan and John that she is a journalist and wants to get their stories on camera.

The following morning, John tells Althea that he is on a mission to find his girlfriend, Laura. When Althea asks for Morgan's story, he refuses and decides to leave and return to going on his own. John catches up to him to give him new pairs of socks, but Morgan and John realize they're being ambushed. They are then held at gunpoint by Leland and his men (along with Althea). Morgan uses his spear to attack, giving John time to shoot back. A quick gunfight ensues, and Morgan is shot in the leg by one of Leland's men. After a brief fight, they fall and the man starts getting devoured by walkers until Morgan grabs a grenade from a walker and throws it at the walkers. He runs to the bathroom for cover as the explosion kills the walkers and the man.

Outside, John is dealing with the walkers, while Althea and Leland are fighting over the keys to the SWAT vehicle. Althea throws a set of keys and Leland, believing they're the keys to the SWAT vehicle, goes after them and is bitten by a rattlesnake. He is eventually surrounded and set upon by the walker herd. Althea uses machine guns in the SWAT vehicle to shoot the walkers as Morgan and John duck for cover.

After the gunfire has ended, Althea, John and Morgan continue on the road until Morgan asks to pull over. Morgan then tells his story from Atlanta, Virginia and the communities, the king and a tiger, the war with the Saviors, until he left the settlement. Morgan decides to stop, but Althea continues asking what he's trying to get away from. Morgan decides to leave despite John's protest due to Morgan's injured leg. Althea asks Morgan to tell her one real thing. He replies, "I lose people and then I lose myself," and walks away.

Again on his own, Morgan continues walking until he sees the car from earlier in the episode that the injured man was in. He sees a walker in the distance and follows it, but two walkers notice him. Morgan tries limping away but falls and drops his stick. John comes to save him and tells Morgan that he's wrong about being on his own. Morgan continues toward the walker ahead, whom he realizes is the injured man. Out of mercy, Morgan buries him and agrees to tag along with Althea and John until his leg heals.

Along the way, the group stops their vehicle when they see a woman crawling on the ground, who turns out to be Alicia Clark. Morgan, John and Althea are then surrounded at gunpoint by Nick Clark, Victor Strand and Luciana Galvez. Althea asks Alicia, “So what the hell is your story?”, as the episode ends.

Production

On April 14, 2017, AMC renewed the series for a 16-episode fourth season and announced that Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg would replace the departing Dave Erickson as showrunners.[1] Production began in November 2017 in Austin, Texas.[2] Michael E. Satrazemis, a director of photography for The Walking Dead and director of 12 episodes, joined Fear the Walking Dead as a directing-producer.[3]

In November 2017, it was reported that Lennie James who portrays Morgan Jones on The Walking Dead would crossover and join the main cast in the fourth season.[4] The fourth season also sees the additions of several new series regulars, played by Garret Dillahunt,[5] Jenna Elfman,[6] and Maggie Grace.[7]

The fourth season features a redesigned title sequence with new theme music. Each episode of the season has a different title card, and tells a story which will become apparent once the season is completed.[8] The Hollywood Reporter reflected on the new intro, calling the new season, "a Western with zombies, very much by design."[9]

Reception

"What's Your Story?" received critical acclaim from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, "What's Your Story?" garnered a perfect 100% rating, with an average score of 8.88/10 based on 15 reviews. The sites critical consensus reads; "What's Your Story?" breathes new life into Fear, taking its time to introduce new storylines and characters that will push the show into the wild, wild west.[10] Matt Fowler of IGN gave "What's Your Story?" an 8.3/10 rating, stating; "Fear the Walking Dead was smart to have Morgan join up with a few new characters before he collided with Madison's crew. It allowed us to meet some new faces (including Garret Dillahunt's instantly-great John) and get to know them within the context of Morgan's terse moodiness before the hammer dropped at the end and the ultimate connection to the former cast, and story, was revealed."[11]

Ratings

The episode was seen by 4.09 million viewers in the United States on its original air date, far above the previous episodes ratings of 2.23 million viewers.[12][13]

References

  1. Petski, Denise (April 14, 2017). "‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Renewed For Season 4 By AMC With New Showrunners". Deadline. http://deadline.com/2017/04/fear-the-walking-dead-renewed-season-4-by-amc-1202070259/. Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  2. Davis, Brandon (November 16, 2017). "'Fear The Walking Dead' Season 4 Moves Production To Texas". Comicbook.com. http://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2017/11/16/fear-the-walking-dead-season-4-austin-texas-houston-production-/. Retrieved February 26, 2018. 
  3. Ross, Dalton (March 14, 2018). "Fear the Walking Dead's other key crossover". Entertainment Weekly. http://ew.com/tv/2018/03/14/fear-the-walking-dead-crossover-michael-satrazemis/. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  4. Ross, Dalton (November 26, 2017). "The Walking Dead: Lennie James will cross over to Fear The Walking Dead". Entertainment Weekly. http://ew.com/tv/2017/11/26/walking-dead-crossover-fear-lennie-james-morgan/. Retrieved November 27, 2017. 
  5. Ausiello, Michael (November 14, 2017). "Garret Dillahunt Joins Fear TWD as Series Regular in Season 4". TVLine. http://tvline.com/2017/11/14/garret-dillahunt-fear-the-walking-dead-season-4-cast/. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  6. Mason, Charlie (November 15, 2017). "Jenna Elfman Joins Fear TWD Season 4". TVLine. http://tvline.com/2017/11/15/jenna-elfman-fear-the-walking-dead-season-4-cast/. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  7. Petski, Denise (November 29, 2017). "‘Fear the Walking Dead’: Maggie Grace Joins Season 4 As Series Regular". Deadline. http://deadline.com/2017/11/fear-the-walking-dead-maggie-grace-season-4-series-regular-1202216694/. Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  8. Dwilson, Stephanie Dube (April 30, 2018). "‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Title Cards: Season 4 Intro Videos & Clues". Heavy.com. https://heavy.com/entertainment/2018/04/fear-the-walking-dead-title-cards/. Retrieved May 1, 2018. 
  9. Wigler, Josh; Goldberg, Lesley (April 13, 2018). "'Fear the Walking Dead': Inside the Massive Season 4 Reboot". The Hollywood Reporter. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fear-walking-dead-season-4-reboot-explained-1102347. Retrieved May 1, 2018. 
  10. Fear the Walking Dead - Season 4, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved 2018-09-28 
  11. Fowler, Matt (2018-04-01). "Fear the Walking Dead: "What's Your Story?" Review" (in en-US). http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/04/16/fear-the-walking-dead-whats-your-story?-ride-review. 
  12. Porter, Rick (October 17, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ finale steady (but also down), NCLS on top again". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/sunday-cable-ratings-oct-15-2017/. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  13. Porter, Rick (April 17, 2018). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Fear the Walking Dead' opens higher". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/sunday-cable-ratings-april-15-2018/. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
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